Postdoctoral Researcher on the Agricultural Economics of Post-Conflict Colombia (Fixed-term)

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Ref: R/LE/013/18

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Post Doctoral Researcher to join a multi-disciplinary team focused on the human, behavioural and economic modelling of post-conflict Colombian farming populations funded by the UK Newton Fund.

The aim of the project is to apply statistical modelling techniques to a series of projects centred around the post-Conflict reconstruction of Colombian agricultural systems. We will use behavioural and economic modelling frameworks to understand present and future drivers and barriers towards adoption of cropping based outcomes, such as breeding beans for more climate resilience, adoption of silvopastural systems and ex-ante technology assessment. Moreover, as Colombia is undergoing a post-conflict process it is expected that there will be novel approaches to understanding how prescient barriers emerge and can be overcome through the application of economic policy tools.

The post-doctoral researcher will be supervised by Professor Andrew Barnes at SRUC but will engage and work with climate modellers, plant scientists and sociologists from the Universities of Reading, Leeds and Bristol and in collaboration with CIAT in Colombia.

You will have, or will be close to completing, a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications) with a strong quantitative or economics component, with a demonstration of experience in time series, multivariate and latent modelling, such as structural equation modelling and latent class analysis applied to survey data. You will be proficient in the use of STATA or R or other equivalent statistical software; have the ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team; and write research presentations and papers. Understanding of the Spanish language will be advantageous but not essential.

This research position will be based in the Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group at SRUC, Kings Buildings Edinburgh but with some field work and visits to Colombia.

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in the agriculture and rural sectors. SRUC has four divisions, SRUC Research, Education, Finance and Professional Services, and SAC Consulting.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Andrew Barnes, email: Andrew.Barnes@sruc.ac.uk

The salary will be in the region of £29,927 - £35,124 per annum. The post will be based at SRUC King’s Buildings, Edinburgh and will be full time for a fixed term until 31st March 2019 with the possibility of extension for a further two years. Interviews will be held in Edinburgh.

Closing date: Monday 26 February 2018

For an informal discussion please email Andrew.Barnes@sruc.ac.uk

Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy.

SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

SRUC. A Charitable company limited by guarantee, SC003712. Registered in Scotland No SC103046.

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