Post-Doctoral Researcher - Colombian Ecological Plot Inventory and Monitoring

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Full-time post fixed-term for 18 months

Colombia is seeking to make sustainable use of its natural capital and rich biodiversity and is implementing numerous projects to that end with a range of national and international partners. The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and Kew will work together to improve the quality of the flora catalogue in Colombia and make relevant information more widely available via online data resources. This will provide evidence as to how biodiversity changes over time, and how it contributes to the resilience of Colombian ecosystems, and of society, to global change. There are two critical elements to the proposed project: Improving the online flora catalogues of ecological monitoring plots and development of ColPlantA: Colombian resources for Plants made Accessible.

For this British Council funded position we seek a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to coordinate the activities of the first of these two elements. The individual will be based at RBGE and at the Rosario University in Colombia. For each of 12 permanent ecological monitoring plots existing and new collections will be curated and digitized to facilitate completion of plot inventories. In addition to making the data from both monitoring plot and herbarium specimens available via ColPlantA, census data and specimen images from the plots specifically will also be incorporated into the system, which includes all RAINFOR ( and DRYFLOR plot network data. The position also entails coordination of the generation of DNA barcode data for all species in each of the plots.

Applicants will need to have field experience in a variety of tropical biomes, and data management experience, ideally in ForestPlots. A PhD in a relevant subject will be essential, and with the post being at least partly based in Colombia fluent Spanish is also a must. Good  knowledge of Colombian flora will also be critical.

Full details of the post, including a job description and person specification can be found on our website

Interested applicants should send a covering letter outlining your suitability for this post and an equal opportunities questionnaire to by 1700 GMT on Fri. 19th January 2018.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted on this occasion.

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