World Agroforestry Centre (Nairobi, Kenya) – IUCN Post-Doctoral Fellow (Restoration Ecology)
IUCN Post-Doctoral Fellow – Restoration Ecology
About the organizationThe World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.
The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.
To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: http://ift.tt/HkP0Zc
About the positionSupport cutting-edge research on restoration ecology as part of a Bonn Challenge initiative on “filling knowledge gaps on the restoration of degraded smallholder landscape mosaics”.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Research functional proxies for ecosystem health that can be used to assess land degradation status and for monitoring of progress towards restoration of degraded ecosystems.
Research opportunities for restoration of degraded land, specifically to:
Facilitate the maintenance or recovery of biodiversity in mosaics of agricultural and semi-natural systems.
Increase and maintain above- and belowground carbon stocks.
Enhance water quality and availability.
Contribute towards the development and implementation of a near-real-time geoscience laboratory that utilizes remote sensing and rigorous statistical approaches for targeting restoration ecology.
PhD in applied ecology, with specialization in Tropical Ecosystems, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental and Spatial Studies or similar field.
2 years’ experience in research. Field work experience will be a plus.
Strong background in mathematical statistics and modeling, with advanced R statistical programming skills.
Background in spatial modeling and geo-computing.
Knowledge and experience in remote sensing a plus.
Good English language skills, French a plus.
Terms of offerWe offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on International terms. The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a nine (9) months’ probation period.
How to applyGo to http://ift.tt/1Abzbvc will be considered until 30 January 2015. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.