Research Associate in Tropical Peatland Ecology

31,076 - 38,183 a year - Full-time, Contract

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake field work, data analysis and modelling of the biodiversity and ecosystem services of tropical peatland ecosystems, and how to restore connectivity in order for these habitats to continue to deliver multiple ecosystem benefits and services for local stakeholders. You will join an inter-disciplinary project examining the benefits and trade-offs of peatland restoration for local communities and for biodiversity.

You will collaborate with other researchers on the project, who are analysing remotely-sensed landcover data and using participatory methods to understand impacts and trade-offs for local communities. You will disseminate the results through written scientific papers and oral presentations, and also disseminate their implications for policy and conservation.

You will have experience of habitat connectivity analysis and ecological fieldwork. You will have a PhD in Biology or relevant subject area, or equivalent experience. You will have highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media. Alongside having the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journal and engage in public dissemination.

You will join an exciting NERC/Newton/DIPI(Indonesia)-funded project, based in the research groups of Jane Hill and Colin McClean at the University of York. The project will involve active collaboration with the research groups of Lindsay Stringer and Keith Hamer at the University of Leeds, Nathalie Pettorelli at ZSL, Jenny Hodgson at the University of Liverpool, and Fahmuddin Agus and colleagues at the Indonesian Centre for Agricultural Land Resources Research & Development, Forest Research & Development Centre, and Jambi University.

The post is offered in the Grade 6 scale of 31,076 - 38,183 per annum. The post is full time on a fixed term contract for 24 months.

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