Department: Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (and relevant department depending on candidate background)
Hours of work: Full time – 37 hours per week
Contract type: Fixed Term for 3 years
Salary: £32,817-£40,322 a year (Grade 6)
Closing Date: 11th February 2022
The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) researches the changing relationship between humanity and the natural world, and how we might maintain and develop a sustainable Earth. The Centre represents an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of York, the University of Sherbrooke and the University of St Andrews. LCAB recognises biological gains as well as losses, and identifies the circumstances under which changes are perceived as positive or negative. It aims to understand and inform society’s response to these changes. In addition to being a member of LCAB, you will also join an appropriate department within the University of York.
The role will consider how policies, goals and targets for biodiversity and climate change (ecosystem benefits through carbon sequestration and storage) are established and implemented, whose voices are heard, and how success is assessed and reported. It will consider the extent to which positive indicator trends do or do not meet the underlying aspirations that originally motivated the policy, and identify policy areas where potential co-benefits are greatest. You will join 7 other LCAB postdocs who have already been appointed across a range of disciplines.
Key responsibilities include:
∙ To plan, coordinate, develop and undertake world-leading individual and collaborative research in the area of environmental governance, write up research findings and contribute to the production of research outputs
∙ To collaborate with, and advise, other researchers to increase the effectiveness of transdisciplinary research in the Centre and develop proposals for future research
∙ To develop understanding of human conceptualisation of Anthropocene change
You will have knowledge about environmental governance, policy implementation and policy indicators, ideally in relation to the conservation of biodiversity and/or sequestration of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems. You will have qualitative and/or quantitative skills that enable you to identify potential policy conflicts and complementarities in the conservation of carbon and biodiversity at different spatial scales. You will have:
PhD in an appropriate subject area
Knowledge of environmental and biodiversity policy and governance, with appreciation of how climate change (ecosystem benefits through carbon sequestration and storage) and biodiversity conservation relate differently to these
Familiarity with policy indicators and monitoring of progress towards policy goals and targets
Experience in a range of relevant qualitative and quantitative research techniques and methodologies
Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required
Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
Ability to write up research for publication in high profile journals and competency in presenting work at conferences/other appropriate events.
Capacity for inter- and trans-disciplinary work and willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas
Interview date: March 2022
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