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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biodiversity Metric and Modelling

University of Oxford - Oxford Martin School

Location: Oxford
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 5th January 2024
Job Ref: 69686

Organisations and governments are increasingly setting internal targets regarding their biodiversity impacts, and the opportunities they have to reduce them, in order to make progress towards high-level biodiversity targets (set by, e.g., governments). However, a major research gap is the difference between the biodiversity metrics and indicators that are commonly used and reported (largely qualitative), and the metrics and indicators that are proposed for high-level biodiversity targets (largely quantitative).

We are seeking a candidate – with specific expertise relevant to the topic – to identify and develop guidance on how to navigate this gap between existing biodiversity assessment frameworks and the metrics and indicators currently used in biodiversity targets.

The aim of this position is therefore to work towards identifying approaches that could provide quantitative evidence to support measurement of progress towards biodiversity targets, such as those set in TNFD (the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosures) and the Montreal Kunming Biodiversity Framework.

This role is an exciting opportunity to be on the cutting edge of conservation practice and biodiversity research. It will develop guidance with potential to be widely used by organisations and governments and provide approaches on how best to measure the multiple impacts human activities have on biodiversity. The applicant will be joining the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS) in the Department of Biology, and the Sustainable Food Solutions programme in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. ICCS is a large interdisciplinary research group that uses quantitative and qualitative evidence to support biodiversity and conservation decision-making. Sustainable Food Solutions is a research programme that investigates how to transform food systems towards more sustainable outcomes.

This post is full time, fixed term for 2 years.

The Oxford Martin School supports the University’s commitment in fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality and values diversity. We are eager to receive applications from a diverse pool of candidates.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a CV, supporting statement as part of your online application. The supporting statement should clearly describe how you meet each of the selection criteria listed in the job description.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (GMT) on Friday 5th January 2024.

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