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Research Associate in Tropical Páramos Biodiversity

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
£31,604 - £38,832 a year
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Role Description

Department and Project

You will join an exciting inter-disciplinary NERC/AHRC/Newton-funded project at the University of York with colleagues in Colombia ‘Integrating ecological and cultural histories to inform sustainable and equitable futures for the Colombian páramos’, based in the research groups of Jane Hill and Colin Beale in the Department of Biology. The project is led by Piran White in the Environment Department, and will involve active collaboration with the research groups of Julia Touza-Montero (Environment Department), Henrice Altink, Helen Cowie and Sabine Clarke (Department of History), as well as Rory O’Bryen at Cambridge University and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and colleagues in Colombia at Universidad del Rosario, Universidad de los Andes, Banco de la Repúblico Colombia, and El Grupo Laera.

The project will draw on and provide experience of a wide range of methodologies examining the ecological impacts of environmental change in páramo ecosystems, focusing on field sites in Boyacá and Cundinamarca, Colombia. You will have experience of species distribution /niche modelling, analysis of distribution records of animals and/or plants, and an aptitude for collaborating in inter-disciplinary research projects. Strong data analysis and statistical skills are important, preferably in relation to the analysis of ecological data bases (distribution of birds and plants) and assessments of climate changes and landcover availability in landscapes


We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake data analysis and modelling of the biodiversity and ecosystem services of tropical páramos ecosystems in Colombia, and whether these habitats will continue to deliver multiple ecosystem benefits and services for local stakeholders. The role holder will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research and assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.

Skills, Experience & Qualification

You will already have, or will soon obtain, a relevant PhD. You will have the capacity to co-ordinate your activities with other researchers, who will be analysing socioecological and historical information to investigate the current and potential value of páramos for local communities. You will have the ability to disseminate results to the wider scientific community, as well as to relevant policy-makers, stakeholders and conservation organisations. You will have experience of biodiversity analyses in relation to environmental changes. You will have the ability to handle spatial datasets of species information, and excellent statistical and modelling skills

The starting salary for this post is £31,604 on the Grade 6 scale (range £31,604 to £38,832).  The post is full time on a fixed term contract for 30 months.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Jane Hill on For an alternative contact, please email

Interviews will take place on the 26 September 2018

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