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Staff Research Development Day – Monday 16 December

UoL-logo-general-use-white-backgroundThe next University of Lincoln Research Development Day will take place on Monday 16 December in ENG207.

These sessions are open to all academics and research support staff and will concentrate on grant writing skills, networking and Horizon 2020:

1. Grant Writing Skills: the Art of a Strong Proposal – Traps, Tricks and Techniques, 9am – 11:15am

This presentation covers the art of Grantmanship and is designed for all types of grant applications covering the do’s and dont’s when preparing a proposal together with the necessary building blocks, over and above the research context, with which to construct the application.

2. The Importance of Networking and how to be effective, 11:15am – 1:45pm

With an ever increasing emphasis on multi-disciplinarity, impact, dissemination, exploitation and outreach the network structure behind a research bid is an essential component to be competitive. This workshop presents an understanding of these requirements and the basic principles behind the networking process; helping to identify key players and stakeholders as well as how to approach them.

3. Strategic Opportunities Within Horizon 2020 and How to Address them, 2:30pm – 5pm

This session will introduce Horizon 2020 from a strategic position. The session will explain changes from the FP7 programme and provide a background for insights into the substantial opportunities and requirements for a Competitive Horizon 2020 bid.

You are able to attend as many workshops as you would like and there is no preparation necessary for any of the sessions.  To book a place on any of these sessions please email research@lincoln.ac.uk.

Research Investment Fund (RIF)

The University is making available an annual £500k investment fund to assist academic staff with the development of new strategic research opportunities. The fund will seek to support our research infrastructure through PhD studentships, equipment and the pump-priming of new avenues of research in line with our strategic plan.

  • The University is making available an annual £500k investment fund to assist academic staff with the development of new strategic research opportunities. The fund will seek to support our research infrastructure through PhD studentships, equipment and the pump-priming of new avenues of research in line with our strategic plan.
  • Proposals are welcomed up to twice yearly, subject to funding, through a competitive process to support pump-priming of research including equipment
  • For 2013 this fund will also include support for proposals originating from the Research Sandpit

Proposals are welcome from all academic staff who require investment for new, innovative research that can be expected to lead to external funding opportunities, and particularly early career researchers (those within five years of receiving their doctorate) who can demonstrate that an award will enable them to develop individual fellowship or project grant proposals leading to high impact publications and providing a firm foundation for future grant proposals.


RIF is intended to support the development of strategic research projects and complements the existing small scale funding support available through School/College funds. Applications are welcome from academic staff across all disciplines in line with College strategies.

The following types of proposals will be considered:

  • Those that require pump-priming at the current stage of development, before they can be funded by an external sponsor;
  • Those where cross college, cross disciplinary research capacity is being expanded;
  • Those where a strategic case is made to build research capacity or resources, including equipment, that can be sustained after an initial period of development

If you intend to apply to RIF, or have any enquiries relating to application proceedures, please contact your College Research Officer, or Research & Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise.

The Barbary Macaque Project – Field Assistant Positions Available

Adult male with infant and juvenile

The Barbary Macaque Project is looking for 3 research assistants to continue work on an ongoing project examining the role that forest ecology (e.g. tree phenology and food abundance) and human activity play on the behaviour (e.g. feeding ecology and ranging patterns) and conservation of the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco; as part of a longitudinal study on the socio-ecology of the Barbary macaque started in January 2007

The field site is in the beautiful cedar and oak forest of the Atlas Mountains and it is close to the Moroccan imperial cities of Fes and Meknes. Work at the field site is physically and mentally demanding; it is between 1,400 and 2,000 m above sea level and weather conditions can vary dramatically across the year, with temperatures ranging between a current 35ºC, and -5ºC (with abundant snow) in the winter months. Hence, interested individuals should be physically fit; just as important however is the possession of a mental toughness that will allow you to work with a (reasonably!) cheerful disposition even when tired.

Forest patches

This really is a key requirement for the positions, both in the field and in the apartment where we live; we share our working and personal space with the same small group of people for very long, tiring days and it is absolutely essential that applicants can behave maturely and reasonably, living in relative harmony with others, regardless of whether you are tired, homesick, ‘not used it’ etc. The rewards, both in terms of the career experience gained and the daily experience of working in the forest with the monkeys, are certainly worth the effort!

The successful applicants will live in the town of Azrou in an apartment block with basic amenities including wireless internet access and hot water. The accommodation will be shared with various international researchers and assistants from different universities and projects, making a total of 5/6 people in the apartment (sharing rooms with one other person) once the positions are filled, and we share all cooking and cleaning duties according to a rota. These positions would be particularly suited for individuals who wish to expand their field experience, immerse themselves in a wide-ranging project, and are looking to pursue careers in this field.

The main responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

1) Collection of behavioural data (e.g. activity budgets, ranging patterns) on the monkeys.

2) Collection of ecological data (e.g. climate, tree phenology and growth) on the forest used by the macaques.


Previous field experience (though not necessarily with primates) is essential.

Applicants should:
• Have a background and strong interest in conservation biology, ecology, primatology or related fields.
• Have a sound knowledge of ecological (e.g. transect and quadrat methods) and behavioural (e.g. scan and focal sampling techniques) data collection methods.
• Be prepared for long days in the field in a challenging environment.
• Be open-minded and independent, prepared to adapt to living in a foreign culture, and able to work as part of a team.
• Being able to speak French/Arabic would be an advantage; being able to speak English is essential.
• A valid driving license would be useful, but is not essential.

This is an unsalaried post, and in order to help cover the basic living costs involved with the project applicants will be required to make a financial contribution. This will go towards rent, internet and utility bills etc., and should be sufficient to cover collective food costs also (which we generally share as we cook on a rota system). The research assistant will be responsible for their own flight costs and health insurance, however I can collect applicants from Fes airport if required upon arrival.

Term of Appointment:
We hope to fill these positions as soon as possible, so early availability is a bonus when applying. In addition, given the time required to familiarise applicants with individual monkeys, and the time required to ensure scan/focal agreement between observers, we would ask that applicants can commit for no less than 6 months.

We require 1 applicant to begin as soon as possible (July/August 2013), and 2 others to begin in August/September 2013.

Application Deadline:
Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

To apply please send a cover letter discussing your suitability for this position, your CV, and the contact details of two academic referees to james.o.waterman@gmail.com.

Source: The Barbary Macaque Project