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Post-doctoral Research Associate: Agroecology


We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to join the Agroecology group in the Department of Zoology. You will be experienced in ecology or natural resources management in agricultural landscapes, and keen to pursue a research career in ecological aspects of sustainable food production. Funding is available for up to four years. The preferred start date is from 1 June, but there is flexibility. Working hours are full time.

The job is to manage a participatory, interdisciplinary landscape-scale experiment in UK arable farms, testing the wider ecosystem and biodiversity benefits of improving soil health. The experiment will be codesigned and delivered by a partnership of researchers, farmers, and NGOs, including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England, the Soil Association and two Farmer Cluster Groups. The post is part of the 'Healthy soil, Healthy food, Healthy people' (H3) project (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=BB%2FV004719%2F1), led by the University of Sheffield, funded under the UKRI Transforming UK Food Systems Strategic Priorities Fund (https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/research/foodsystems-spf/).

Candidates should hold a PhD in ecology, conservation or biodiversity science, natural resource management, environmental science or agronomy; experience of social aspects of these research fields is highly desirable. Demonstrable skills in data analysis and interpretation, and proficiency in spatial data analysis using GIS, are essential. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team. Experience of working with farmers is preferred.

You will join a team of 11 researchers, led by Dr Lynn Dicks. We are interested in understanding ecological processes and functions in agricultural ecosystems, and in conserving wild species that live within and around working landscapes. We work in a range of agricultural systems around the world, with a focus on addressing applied questions in partnership with industry and civil society.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 4 years.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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