Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher Lancaster University Environment Centre United Kingdom

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher - Restoration of African degraded landscapes

Lancaster Environment Centre

Salary:   £34,189 to £39,609

Closing Date:   Thursday 09 May 2019

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

Reference:  A2622


We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral researcher to join our team at Lancaster as part of our BBSRC funded Global Challenges Research Fund (GRCF) project Restoring African degraded landscapes by exploiting plant biodiversity and grazing management to support smallholders’ livelihoods. The aim of this project is to elucidate the underlying biological mechanisms behind successful restoration of degraded lands in the highlands of Kenya, supported by an understanding of the governance of resources required to sustain success.


Lancaster University has been named University of the Year 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide; it is in the top 10 UK Universities.  The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is the largest and most interdisciplinary department of the University. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.The Soil and Land System group consists of leading academics and researchers working across disciplines, and internationally, to address uncertainties regarding the impacts of environmental change on natural and managed ecosystems.


You will have a background in plant, soil sciences, ecology, knowledge of remote sensing, and GIS and relevant experience conducting field work in the natural environment. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and good communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. Excellent attention to detail and organisation are required to meet the goals of the project. You will work closely with two other postdoctoral researchers, two research assistants and our collaborators from The University of Manchester, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kabianga University and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to carry out an assessment of the drivers of soil degradation in landscapes of tropical of Kenya.


This is a fixed term appointment for two years.


Informal enquiries to Professor Mariana Rufino 




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