[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Research Associate (post-doc) in Tropical Forest Ecology and Global Change

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Oct 17 09:48:18 MDT 2013


 Description of position:

 Senior Research Associate in Tropical Forest Ecology and Global Change

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £31,331 to £36,298
Closing Date:   Wednesday 13 November 2013
Interview Date:   Wednesday 20 November 2013
Reference:  A813
An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced researcher to play a lead
role in a NERC (UK) & FAPESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil) funded research project
ECOFOR, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in degraded and recovering
Amazonian and Atlantic Forests. This NERC funded position will start in
January 2014 to September 2017 (with a possible extension to December 2017).

This post will be jointly funded by Environmental Change Institute,
University of Oxford, and Lancaster Environment Centre, but will also
communicate regularly with Brazilian project members. The project
involves collecting data on ecosystem carbon cycling and plant traits. Core
duties include a) planning and managing data collection in undisturbed,
logged, burned and secondary Amazonian forests, b) data analysis, c)
assisting with the supervision of students, d) reporting to the research
team and e) disseminating results through high impact scientific
publications. You will be expected to undertake the planning phase of the
project at Lancaster and will spend a significant period of time conducting
and managing fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon, before moving to Oxford in
the latter stages to oversee the analysis and publication of key findings.

You should hold a PhD in an appropriate area (such as Ecology,
Environmental Science or Plant Physiology) and  have research expertise in
tropical forests and some experience of project management. You will be
self-motivated, collaborative and hold strong communication and
interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently is also essential. Good
knowledge of Portuguese is also highly desirable.

For EU/UK nationals the Research positions are a full-time role but the
post-holders will be given two separate part-time contracts of employment,
one with Lancaster University and one with the University of Oxford. The
two contracts will run in parallel for a fixed term of 4 years. For non-EU
nationals an alternative contractual arrangement would be undertaken to
comply with UK Border Agency rules, consisting of an initial
2-year contract with Lancaster very likely to be followed by a 2-year
contract with Oxford.

Informal inquiries may be directed to Jos Barlow jos.barlow at lancaster.ac.uk,
Yadvinder Malhiyadvinder.malhi at ouce.ox.ac.uk & Carlos Joly cjoly at unicamp.br

Interviews will be held on 20 November 2013. Interview by Skype is possible
for individuals unable to travel to Lancaster on that date.  This post is
available from January 2014.
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