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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Farmland Biodiversity
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF33770

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 22/10/2020

Job live date: 29/09/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £36,914 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Sustainable Land Management

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full time; Fixed term

To ensure biodiversity is an integral part of European farming there is a critical need to assess the multiple benefits it provides, and to effectively communicate this to growers, policy makers and wider society. The EU-funded SHOWCASE project will take a multi-disciplinary approach to test the effectiveness of a range of economic and societal incentives to implement biodiversity management in farming operations and will examine grower and public acceptance. The focus will be on three novel approaches: result-based incentives, citizen science biodiversity monitoring, and biodiversity-based business models.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the School of Agriculture at the University of Reading (9th in the QS world rankings for Agriculture), and to collaborate with internationally leading researchers from across Europe. The project involves 22 EU partners and the University of Reading is leading a Work Package that builds a wider, pan-European, multi-actor community.

The post will lead the set up and implementation of an Experimental Biodiversity Area (EBA) in the UK, comprising a group of local farmers and researchers, who will work together to co-develop, implement and assess the effectiveness of novel biodiversity interventions. They will lead fieldwork within the EBA, analyse experimental data, collaborate with EU project partners, publish results in high impact journals, and contribute to the development of a handbook of EBA best practice.

The applicant should have:

  • A PhD in biology, ecology, conservation, agriculture or similar
  • Experience of ecological fieldwork
  • Ability to design, implement and coordinate multi-site field experiments
  • A track record in statistical analysis and paper writing
  • Good organisational skills and ability to coordinate a team of field assistants

Interview date: 4 November

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.



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