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Research Officer

Swansea University - Science

Location: Swansea
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum together with USS pension benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 14th October 2018
Job Ref: AC02979

Fixed term position until 31 August 2020

Main Purpose of the Post

This post is the Research Hub Coordinator for the Welsh Peatlands Sustainable Management Scheme project. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a consortium of partners, including academics, government agencies, local authorities and NGO’s working on the sustainable management of Welsh peatland ecosystems.

The project is a collaborative effort between land managers and scientists to: deliver multiple environmental benefits through capital works projects covering the current ‘difficult to do’ sectors of peatland restoration; to develop standardised monitoring strategies and best practice principles for peatland restoration throughout Wales; and to support longer-term sustainable management through payment for ecosystem services (PES).

The project will enable more coordinated and comprehensive approaches to monitoring and research activities on Welsh peatlands, as well as facilitating integrated external funding bids for peatland restoration and research. 

Main Duties

Please see the attached job description for further details.

Person Specification

Essential criteria: 

1. A PhD (or near completion) in Biology, Geography, Ecology, Botany, Hydrology, Environmental Sciences or related discipline.
2. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse array of stakeholders and project partners.
3. Evidence of active engagement, personal role, and contribution to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals. 
4. Evidence of the capacity for active engagement in designing research and writing, or contributing to writing, applications for external research funding. 
5. Ability to demonstrate significant independence of focus and direction in research – determining ’what, why, when and with whom' to progress work. 
6. Ability to travel to multiple locations with own transport.
7. Evidence of effective written and oral communication skills.
8. A commitment to continuous professional development.

Desirable Criteria

9. Welsh speaker.
10. Experience working with a diverse array of stakeholders on natural resources management / applied conservation projects. 
11. Experience in peatland / wetland ecology, management or restoration. Expertise in peatland ecosystems, hydrology, soils, restoration ecology, or other relevant discipline.
12. Fieldwork experience. The ability to conduct strenuous fieldwork in remote locations and under adverse weather conditions.
13. Experience in metadata management. 
14. Experience of supervising undergraduate or postgraduate student projects.

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

The Welsh Peatlands Sustainable Management Scheme is a collaborative project funded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities–Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the European Union’s European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

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