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[Met-jobs] Job vacancy: PDRA in Palm oil Sustainability & Conservation at University of Sheffield

From Debbie K Hill <>
Date Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:39:07 +0100

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Palm oil Sustainability and Conservation

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Salary:£29,847 to £31,656 Grade 7
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Contract / Temporary
Placed on:15th June 2016
Closes:15th July 2016
Job Ref:UOS013998
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Full-Time, 4 year fixed-term contract, to start asap.

Working with Dr David Edwards and colleagues as part of the new Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, we are looking to appoint a Palm Oil Project Ecologist or Conservation Biologist to develop, organise and manage the Centre’s field trials on enhanced weathering with palm oil plantations in Malaysian Borneo and possible impacts on biodiversity. You will have excellent experience in managing large field projects involving complex logistics together with experience working on ecosystem-scale processes and/or land management practices at catchment scales in warm climate regions.

The aim of this project is to undertake detailed field trials of enhanced weathering and biodiversity impacts in young and mature palm oil catchments and investigate potential co-benefits on production and protection from herbivores and pathogens. Biodiversity assessments will focus particularly on terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates and may use DNA meta-barcoding analyses. The project will involve working in collaboration with academics, researchers, and plantation managers, to develop and manage large-scale replicated catchment-scale experiments and pot-based nursery investigations in Malaysian Borneo.

This exciting opportunity for undertaking multi-year catchment manipulations and associated effects on biodiversity will involve extensive travel and extended periods of field work abroad. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills and will be expected to disseminate findings at conferences and in scientific papers to assist the Centre in achieving its aims and objectives.

You should have a good honours degree in Natural Sciences/Soil Science/Conservation biology (or equivalent experience) and a PhD in ecosystem science/land use change/biodiversity. You should have experience in managing and co-ordinating scientifically robust large-scale overseas catchment manipulation studies and experience in plant-soil systems and/ or biodiversity assessments and/ or quantifying tree production-protection.

The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) is one of four winners of the new Leverhulme Research Centre awards designed to support fundamental cross-disciplinary research across the whole range of sciences, humanities and social sciences. Professor David Beerling FRS is Director of LC3M which has been awarded £10m over ten years to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century: global climate change. The vision for LC3M is to develop and assess the role of enhanced rock weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere to cool the planet while also mitigating ocean acidification.

The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is one of the largest departments in the UK devoted to the study of whole organism biology, with over 45 academic staff, 50 support staff and 130 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. We are ranked joint 3rd in the UK for biology research and 70% of our research activity has been judged to be “world-leading” or internationally excellent (RAE 2008). We have a strong ethos of research-led teaching and a high standard of student recruitment. We enrol over 180 undergraduate students per year on to 7 degree programmes and are ranked 4th in the UK for biological sciences teaching (The Complete University Guide 2010).

The University has achieved the Athena SWAN award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. The Department has achieved the Athena SWAN Silver award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Apply online and search for job referenceUOS013998.

Informal enquiries to Debbie Hill, PA to Prof David Beerling, at 

Debbie Hill
LC3M Research Support Officer & PA to Prof. David J. Beerling FRS
Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)
C204, Dept. Animal & Plant Sciences
The University of Sheffield
Alfred Denny Building
Sheffield, S10 2TN, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 20093
My working week is:
M, Tu, Th & F: 9.30am to 2.00pm
I'm not at work on Wednesdays

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