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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Bioacoustic Ecological Monitoring


Grade 7: £36,024 -£44,263 per annum

Closing date

May 22, 2024 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to join the HumBug research project team at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by UKRI and is fixed-term for two years in the first instance.


Invasive insect species have the potential to outcompete or predate native species and bring disease. As mobile devices increasingly support biodiversity monitoring, acoustic detection and identification of insects allows us to expand the coverage of biodiversity monitoring in the UK.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to help refine existing machine learning models for invasive species monitoring and be active in the field collection of acoustic data. The post holder will work in close collaboration both with software engineers on the development of a mobile acoustic sensing and biologists who will provide ecological expertise and field collection guidance. Our goal is to develop a general-purpose acoustic sensing system which can be tuned to specific invasive species (including the Asian tiger mosquito and Asian Hornet).


You should possess a relevant PhD or be “near completion” before starting. You should hold sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes and have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Stephen Roberts (


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Only online applications received before 22nd May 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Professor Stephen Roberts

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