Insects are key to the functioning of many UK ecosystems. However, many taxa are under pressure from pressures like climate change, agrochemical use and habitat loss, putting pressure on the ecosystem services they provide to human society. The DRUID (Drivers and Repercussions of UK Insect Declines) project aims to explore the economic and social consequences of pressures on UK insects.
We are looking for a creative, interdisciplinary researcher to join the project team and advance our understanding of the economic and social values of insects within the UK. The successful applicant will lead on work to:
1) Develop economic models of the economic value of ecosystem services provided by UK insects,
2) develop and conduct surveys and interviews in order to establish the social values associated with UK insects
3) map and model how these values are likely to change under future conditions. Collectively, this work will put the successful candidate at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and provide a dynamic skillset and knowledge base for their career progression.
There will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to collaborate with other project partners and participate in impact and outreach activities in order to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders.
The position is jointly funded by the University of Reading and University of Leeds and the successful candidate be employed for 12 months by each university sequentially but will be based at the University of their choice and supported by staff at both institutions for the duration. Experience in insect ecology is desirable but not necessary.
You will have:
Please apply through the University of Reading: https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=11359
|Faculty/Service:||Faculty of Environment|
|School/Institute:||School of Earth and Environment|
|Grade:||Off grading structure|
|Salary:||£31,406 to £36,383 p.a.|
|Post Type:||Full Time|
|Contract Type:||Fixed Term (until 31 December 2024)|
|Release Date:||Wednesday 02 November 2022|
|Closing Date:||Thursday 24 November 2022|
|Interview Date:||Monday 05 December 2022|
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