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Science Officer (Agricultural futures)

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join a CCI-funded project to predict the biodiversity impacts of future agricultural expansion.

Application deadline
Thursday, 27 January 2022

Cambridge, UK

Full time
35 hours per week

8 months fixed term

£27,000 pro rata per annum plus competitive 12% pension benefit

Annual Leave
25 days pro rata per annum

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join a CCI-funded project to predict the biodiversity impacts of future agricultural expansion. The position is part of a multi-partner project and the successful candidate will work in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Leeds, RSPB, Flora & Fauna International, UNEP-WCMC and others.

The successful candidate will: develop an improved and updated set of distribution models for all the world’s birds; contribute to the development of new density-yield models for all the world’s birds; produce global layers of estimated risk for future agricultural development to identify hotspots of future threat under plausible scenarios of change; produce threat metrics for each bird species, and interpret these in relation to their current IUCN Red List categories to identify species that may warrant reclassification; provide day-to-day project management assistance to project lead and partners; and lead paper(s) for publication in peer-reviewed journal presenting key results.

The ideal candidate will have

  • PhD in a relevant subject;
  • Strong data analysis skills R, including working with large spatial datasets; skills in modelling (including generalised linear models and mixed models), and relevant statistical techniques;
  • Experience in conservation research, ideally in the agricultural sector;
  • A demonstrable publication record;

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Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: [email protected], marking your application with “Science Officer (Agricultural futures)” in the subject line.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in February 2022.