Two positions to conduct post-doctoral research are open at CTFC for one to two years (with the possibility of an extension) in the context of the two FP7- European projects “EUBON - Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network“, and “TRUSTEE, Towards RUral Synergies and Trade-offs between Economic development and Ecosystem services“.
We are seeking multi-disciplinary researchers to investigate the relationship between biodiversity and drivers of environmental change in Europe and develop relevant indicators of distribution and abundance changes. Main focus of the work will be on birds but integration with data from other taxa on joint collaborations will be developed to test and apply the state-of-the-art methods and models on this rapidly advancing research area. Main objectives of the work will be:
- PhD. in biology, forestry, geography or similar.
- Excellent publication record.
- Expertise in biodiversity spatial modelling (bayesian methods, advanced statistical methods, landscape and/or process based models).
- Strong background in ecological modelling, programming and analytical skills in R.
- Previous experience in extensive field sampling or monitoring in ornithology.
- Contrasted capacity to lead work and team up with other researchers.
Institutional context and collaborations
The main objective of EU BON is to build a substantial part of the Group on Earth Observation’s Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). EU BON’s deliverables include a comprehensive "European Biodiversity Portal" for all stakeholder communities, and strategies for a global implementation of GEO BON and supporting IPBES. Due to EU BON’s contribution overall European capacities and infrastructures for environmental information management will be strengthened.
TRUSTEE: The trade-off/synergy dilemma between economic development and ecosystem services is one of the major issues of sustainable rural development. The main research objective of TRUSTEE is to disentangle the complex relationships between economic development and ecosystem services at different spatial scales and on a large European gradient of rural and rural/urban areas. The project implements an interdisciplinary approach bringing together economists, geographers, agronomists, and ecologists. Sub-objectives are: (i) analyse the multi-scaled determinants of economic development and ecosystem services; (ii) increase our understanding of how to achieve mutual benefits for economic development in rural areas and ecosystem services; (iii) identify and assess the governance mechanisms and policy instruments that enhance sustainable rural vitality; (iv) produce synergies among international researchers of varied disciplines and between researchers and various stakeholders at different governance scales.
The work plan relies on seven work packages that involve a cross-cutting strategy linking analyses at various scales (Pan European, gradient of EU countries, local case studies). TRUSTEE will provide a first quantification of the many–to-many relationship between ecosystem services and economic development. It will also produce (i) a large scale inventory of the socioeconomic and policy drivers of ecosystem service sets (ii) a large scale assessment of unlocking ecosystem service potential for rural economic development and (iii) a first internalization of ecosystem services in models of economic development. TRUSTEE will also produce analytical tools incorporating scenarios and policy instruments for the assessment of ecosystem services and their impact on rural development. Last, TRUSTEE will build capacity for interaction between a broad range of academics, experts, stakeholders and policy makers.
Send CV, a motivation letter (one page maximum) and the contacts of two reference researchers, via e-mail before September 15th 2013 to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com , Lluís Brotons, Àrea de Biodiversitat, Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya