Research Associate in Developing Future Land use Scenarios for East Africa

University of York - Environment Department


A Research Associate is requested to join the York Institute for Tropical Ecosystems, Environment Department, to develop and map future scenarios of East African land cover change for the 4-year ACACIA project.  Funded by the Global Challenges Research Programme, ACACIA aims to enhance the capacity of researchers in Kenya, Tanzania, China and the UK to deliver research and outreach activities that contribute to addressing the Natural Capital and human development opportunities and challenges posed by the creation of ‘development corridors’ in Africa. This post-doctoral level research position is one of 15 positions across the project and will undertake GIS and / or R-based spatial statistical analyses working on land use scenarios around the ‘development corridors’.  The post will work in collaboration with partners in the UK, Kenya, Tanzania and China. The project will include mapping biodiversity, ecosystem services, natural capital, infrastructure, land cover and land uses, protected areas and conduct trade off analyses between climate and land use futures, conservation and development priorities.

The Role
The Research Associate will undertake field work and develop spatial analysis on land use scenarios around the key ‘development corridors’. Techniques will be developed through the project but it is envisaged you will develop and apply a scenario tool developed within the York Institute for Tropical Ecosystems that combines geospatial datasets with different stakeholder views on the drivers and nature of land use change. You will conduct individual and collaborative research that includes generating new data analysing and interpretation of research data with extensive fieldwork in Tanzania and Kenya. You will be expected to have developing countries experience, ideally in East Africa, and knowledge of in land-use modelling techniques. There will be a strong emphasis on writing up and dissemination of research results through publications, seminars and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities that include maintaining and developing the KITE group work in East Africa. In addition to working on the specific ACACIA project you will contribute to the identification and possible development of new areas of research.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications needed
You will have a first degree and PhD (or equivalent experience) in an appropriate discipline such as Geography, Archaeology, Social sciences, Remote Sensing or Environmental Science. You will have experience in developing and working with a range of geospatial research techniques and methodologies, such as ESRI, ARC, Q-GIS, R, Python, in addition to having a strong social science research base. You will have highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media including website development.  Communication of research results to a wide range of stakeholders will be an important part of the job. As the post is working in collaboration with multiple project partners and 15 other Postdocs, the ability to work as part of a team and also independently using own initiative are crucial.

This post will be available full time, on a fixed term basis (for 42 months).

Salary will be: £31,604 Per year

Closing date: 11 March 2018

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