Post doctoral research associate: Biogeography and carbon dynamics of the global dry tropics

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Deadline 17 May 2021


Organisation: University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh's College of Science and Engineering, School of GeoSciences is looking for a 4-yr post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) with expertise in plot-based biodiversity science and the terrestrial carbon cycle. The post holder will conduct pan-tropical analyses of how the structure and composition of the vegetation of the dry tropics is changing, using a combination of in situ long term observation, remote sensing and modelling. The post holder will lead on the analysis of global in situ plot data from 1000s of sites in collaboration with a network of 40+ researchers across the dry tropics.

The post is a vital part of the SECO project. SECO is a 5-year NERC Large Grant which will combine field observations in long term plots, radar remote sensing, data assimilation and biogeochemical modelling to answer key questions about the size, location, causes and future of the carbon sink in tropical savannas and dry forests. SECO is a global partnership of 22 organisations including, in the UK, the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield and Exeter.

They seek a PDRA with expertise in long term field plot observations and biogeography to lead on the analysis of the long term macroecological data, analysing how species composition and vegetation structure have changed over the last two decades across the globe, and publishing the results in high quality journals.

The successful PDRA will join a team including research staff with expertise in data science, remote sensing and modelling/data assimilation, a project manager, data managers, field technicians and several PhD students. As such, although expertise in field data collection, remote sensing, and modelling is desirable, for this post they are looking for someone who has experience in developing and maintaining international collaborations, in collection and analysing large field data sets in tropical ecosystems, and who is excited by the prospect of combining different types of information to understand the carbon cycle of the dry tropics. Along the way, there will be unparalleled opportunities to advance our biogeographic understanding of the dry tropics.

The School aims to ensure equality of opportunity and holds an Athena SWAN Silver award. They welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. Appointment will be based on merit alone.