Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ecosystem
Services Evaluation

The Landscape Lab at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is looking for an exceptional scientist interested in working at the interface of spatial modeling and conservation. The applicant will work with associate Prof. Yang Bai at XTBG to on a NSFC funded project. The project focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem service spatial modeling for the southwestern China. This project aims to interpret how land-use change from Rubber Plantation may impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as how these impacts may influence landowner decisions. The scope of the position provides strong opportunities for the applicant to make rapid career progress on high-impact problems of both fundamental and applied relevance. There are also opportunities to work on other projects in the lab and to spend time on new research and general career development.

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in biological or ecological sciences or other related. Preferred qualifications include statistical, GIS skills, strong publication record for the professional stage of the applicant, and strong writing skills. This grant-funded position will open in spring 2019, and is funded for one year and can be expanded based on the performance and funding availability. Salary is negotiable, with insurance and benefits package.

To apply, applicants should send cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Yang Bai ( by December 15 2018.

Information about XTBG:

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) ( of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded under the leadership of the late eminent botanist Cai Xitao in 1959. Geographically, it lies between 101°25'E,21°41'N, with an elevation of 570 m above sea level. Its average annual temperature is 21.4°. XTBG has a staff of about 400, including about 40 professional researchers. Of these, approximately 100 are research professors or associate professors. By 2020, XTBG hopes to become a first-class botanical garden in the world. It has long been a strategy to emphasize the combination of research and education and interdisciplinary cooperation. XTBG offers Master's and Ph.D. programs in ecology and in plant sciences, as well as a professional master's degree program in biological engineering. XTBG has developed substantial ties with international organizations and with botanical gardens, universities and academic research institutions in more than 50 countries/regions. Each year, more than 200 foreign scientists come to XTBG for international conferences, workshops and training courses or to conduct research or pursue academic degrees.

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