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Fellowship in Land Use and Societal Metabolism

The James Hutton Institute - Information & Computational Sciences

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £38,442 Hutton E
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th November 2021
Closes: 6th December 2021

Contract Type: Fixed term - 3 years Tenure Track

Applications are invited from excellent, early career, post-doctoral researchers, keen to establish themselves as an independent, senior researcher and to develop a new research capability for land use and societal metabolism accounting within The James Hutton Institute.

The three-year Fellowship, funded by the Macaulay Development Trust has, as core activity, the task of assessing whether Scotland’s Green Recovery is a Sustainability Step-Change or Greenwashing. This project will assess how Scotland’s land could be better used to benefit its people through developing and deploying societal metabolic accounting methods following on from those use in the EU H2020 MAGIC project.  The Fellow will also be expected to engage with the wider, land use, research portfolio of The James Hutton Institute across the Information and Computational Sciences and the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences departments and the flagship International Land Use Study Centre.

The Fellowship is an opportunity, over three years, to conduct in-depth, high impact, policy-relevant research and to build a publications and financial case for the role to become an integral part of the Hutton’s indefinitely appointed, staff establishment.

The post will suit researchers with a breadth of interdisciplinary research and technical/computational expertise across combinations of natural, social and computational sciences, and with a strong interest in critically engaging with public policy and other land-related stakeholders. Strong communication skills and the ability to translate complex, research-based outputs so that they achieve impacts across a wide range of audiences is essential.

Applications from people with extensive policy, technical or other relevant experience in lieu of academic qualifications will also be considered.

Main Purpose of Job

To establish a new, senior researcher, role within the Land Systems Team of the Information and Computational Science Department (ICS) at The James Hutton Institute.

To provide a new research capability for The James Hutton Institute, deploying societal metabolism accounting in policy-relevant research projects that achieve policy impacts.

Main Duties of Postholder

  • To undertake, for the Macaulay Development Trust, a programme of research using societal metabolism accounting methods to take a critical perspective on Scotland’s “Green Recovery”.
  • To write peer-review publications based on the MDT research for high quality journals and to communicate these finding more widely via other communication channels/media (particularly online) to ensure an appropriate profile for both the research and MDT.
  • To shape, coordinate, and participate in a coherent body of research funding bids so that the business case can be made for retaining and developing the research area beyond the initial 3 years funding.
  • To develop and deliver a Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) strategy for policy and other key stakeholder audiences, to engage with such stakeholders in a variety of forums to deliver a range of impacts (i.e., awareness, networks, capacity, conceptual change, and instrumental change).
  • To contribute to the wider scientific and social community of the James Hutton Institute.
  • To undertake the formal training and continuing personal development needed to achieve the breadth of duties specified above.
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