Research Fellow in Orchard Ecosystem Services

Grade 7 (32,004 to 38,183 p.a.)
37.5 hours per week
Full-time, Fixed-term until 31st October 2019
Ref: FBSBY1065

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have experience in agricultural ecology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

In collaboration with Stellenbosch University and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to study ecosystem services and supporting orchard crops in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. You will have a flair for conducting analytical and field research, along with an interest in cutting edge science linking ecology to economic development. As part of the project you will work in a multidisciplinary team with ecologists, agricultural entomologists and economists.

The BBSRC's (Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council's) Global Challenges Research funded project explores how farm management, landscape context and ownership patterns affect the roles of pollinators and biocontrol insects in apple and pear orchards, and the potential for novel agri-environmental plantings to enhance those values. The Cape floristic province is a global biodiversity hotspot but also intensively farmed, creating potential for both strong conflicts and synergies between agriculture and conservation.

You will play a key role in site selection, including the design and implementation of bespoke floral plantings, and supervising field teams collecting insect population and ecosystem service data. You will also take a leading role in analysing the results and in modelling future scenarios.

Please note that as part of the project you will be required to work in South Africa for 4-5 months per year throughout the duration of the contract.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor William Kunin (Principle Investigator) Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2857 or
Closing date: 27th April 2017

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posted: 03 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.