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Research Associate

Environment and Geography
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research organisation, focused on bridging science and policy to tackle environmental and social challenges. The York centre of SEI is located within the University of York, and is home to the Sustainable Consumption and Production group, who are recruiting a Research Associate to support their work within the recently-awarded 'UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI-GCRF) Trade, Development and the Environment (TRADE) Hub.


This Hub is one of twelve interdisciplinary research hubs funded by the UKRI-GCRF, which aims to provide creative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous. The project will trace the trade of agricultural commodities and wildlife from origin to eventual consumption throughout the world, assessing their impacts on the environment and society, and working with business and policy makers on solutions for sustainable trade. Led by UNEP-WCMC, the consortium of over 50 organizations from 15 countries represents academia, civil society, governments, industry and trade agencies. SEI-York will lead the work to model agricultural commodity supply chains (where we will utilise SEI's Trase platform and IOTA model), and the development of biodiversity metrics to understand their impacts. The York team will also integrate across other aspects of the Hub, including development of social impact assessments, trade scenarios, engagement activities, and capacity building.

This full-time post is available from 1st September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. In this role, you will conduct research into the biodiversity impacts of agricultural commodity production and trade, under the supervision of senior colleagues. Work will include analysis and interpretation of data on trade and environmental impacts; geospatial analysis and modelling; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities. You will also assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and contribute to the development and preparation of research proposals and applications

You will also have the opportunity to work across a number of country contexts and applicants from ODA countries are particularly encouraged. French, Spanish, Portuguese and/or Mandarin language skills are an advantage. In addition, 20% of the role is earmarked for capacity building and successful candidates should demonstrate experience in knowledge exchange activities across research and policy contexts, preferably internationally.

Successful applicants will have a first degree and a PhD or equivalent experience in relevant area, particularly natural science, geography, environmental science, sustainability science and knowledge of biodiversity measurement and mapping techniques to engage in high quality research. You will also have a willingness to travel, excellent computer literacy (including ability to write and run scripts to process data sets), research skills (particularly quantitative), communication skills, and experience in geographic information systems (GIS). In addition, you  will have the ability to produce work of a high quality and pay close attention to detail, working both independently and as part of an international research team.

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