Post-doctoral Research Associate: Identifying options for restoring river systems in smallholder and industrial oil palm plantations (Fixed Term)
University of Cambridge
Post-doctoral Research Associate: Identifying options for restoring river
systems in smallholder and industrial oil palm plantations (Fixed Term)
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Insect Ecology Group, led by Edgar Turner, in the Department of Zoology and Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge.
The Insect Ecology Group specialises in understanding how alternative management options affect biodiversity and ecosystem processes in human- altered systems, with a focus on oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia. We are embedded in the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI; https: // www. conservation.cam.ac.uk/) and co-located with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (https: // www. cambridgeconservation.org/). This project will also work with other researchers within UCCRI, and researchers from the University of Nottingham, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia, and Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology Research Institute (SMARTRI), a major research institute supporting a global oil palm company.
The successful applicant will work with project partners (including an IPB- based Post-doctoral Research Associate and a Research Assistant) to monitor and quantify the environmental impacts of alternative river margin management practices in smallholder and industrial oil palm estates in Sumatra, Indonesia, and to assess the potential environmental and yield impacts of altered river margin management at a regional scale. Work will be partly-based within the well-established Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Research Programme, Riau, Indonesia. This programme, a collaboration between SMARTRI and other researchers on this project, includes a large-scale, long-term riparian restoration experiment – the Riparian Ecosystem Restoration in Tropical Agriculture Project. A key part of the project will also include communicating results to oil palm managers, smallholders, and oil palm sustainability certification schemes.
The successful applicant will have experience of ecological fieldwork, preferably in the tropics and including social survey work with rural stakeholders, and be willing to spend 1-3 months away at a time. They should have advanced analytical skills, and experience of using remote-sensing and mapping approaches.
The post is generously funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (https: // www. packard.org/)
For more information on the research or the laboratory, please see https: // www. zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/insect-ecology
Email Edgar Turner firstname.lastname@example.org for informal enquiries or specific questions about the role.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance, with a possibility of extension.
Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.
Flexible working requests will be considered.
We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently underepresented at this level in our University.
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Further Particulars – Post-doctoral Research Associate – PF34365
Department of Zoology
25 November 2022
5 January 2023