Engineer in Biodiversity (M/F)

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Context of intervention

Many valuable habitats and species depend directly on farming activities. Policy makers and farmers need to know the status of farmland biodiversity in order to meet conservation goals and evaluate management options. Biodiversity monitoring is thus essential to inform on possible positive or negative side-effects of management practices and key policies such as agri-environment measures. In collaboration with the Ministries of the Environment and of Agriculture, LIST aims to implement a monitoring programme targeting Luxembourg's agricultural lands from 2018 on in order to inform on the impact of agri-environmental policies on farmland biodiversity. The successful candidate will join the "Environmental Research and Innovation" (ERIN) department, and in particular its Environmental Research and Technology Platform. With a team of more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science, the ERIN department has the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle major environmental challenges our society is facing today: climate change mitigation, sustainable food production, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control.

Description

The successful candidate will ensure the systematic collection of biodiversity data, including vascular plants and invertebrates (such as wild pollinators, grasshoppers, spiders and soil fauna), across the agricultural landscapes of Luxembourg within the framework of a farmland monitoring that will assess the contribution of agri-environmental measures on representing and maintaining biodiversity. He/she will work closely with colleagues and provide ecological expertise for the development and delivery of the farmland monitoring project. The candidate will be responsible for ensuring that collected biodiversity data is digitised and stored in a suitable database. He/she will support the analysis of the data to meet project outcomes and produce reports as required. Within the framework of our long-term environmental policy support cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment, the successful applicant will also contribute to the technical and scientific support of related projects.

Profile

Education

  • A degree in biology, ecology, conservation biology, environmental sciences or in a related field
  • A PhD in any of those fields is an asset

Required Seniority

  • Scientific publication record appropriate for the career level
  • Presentations at international scientific meetings
  • Experience of employment in nature conservation is desirable

Competencies

  • The candidate should be knowledgeable in the sampling techniques of different taxonomical groups, such as plants and invertebrates (e.g., soil fauna, Orthoptera, Hymenoptera)
  • The candidate should have good IT skills, with an understanding of biological recording, data management and data storage methods, including GIS software
  • The candidate should have good knowledge on sampling design and statistical methods
  • A valid driving license is required
  • The position requires interdisciplinary thinking, well-developed written and verbal communication skills and team spirit to successfully integrate into the multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary work environment at LIST
  • The candidate should be highly motivated, pro-active and open for new challenges

Language

  • The work language is English
  • English skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • In addition Luxembourgish, French or German are mandatory

posted: 18 April 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.