postdoctoral Research Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM)

The IIASA Ecosystems Services and management Program (ESM) is recruiting a spatial ecology and conservation planning specialist who will work within the program on the NatureMap project, a two-year project funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forests Initiative.

We are looking for a candidate with experience handling very large spatial ecological datasets as inputs to systematic conservation planning exercises, and proven expertise with the Zonation conservation planning software.

The postdoc will work within the ESM Program and in close collaboration with Piero Visconti on tasks related to the preparation of species distribution maps and carbon and water provision maps as inputs for Zonation in addition to performing spatial analyses of priorities for restoration and protection of areas for biodiversity and ecosystem services globally. The incumbent will also liaise with other project partners, particularly with the UN-Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre who will provide data and technical advice.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

·Help in the organization of expert consultation workshops for designing the project analyses

·Iterate the project design and develop a pilot study on prioritizing areas for biodiversity, carbon and water conservation for internal review

·Liaise with project partners on the collection of all input data for Zonation

·Prepare all input data for Zonation analyses

·Run prioritization analyses and synthetize the results for internal discussion and external dissemination

·Support all project partners in the drafting of reports and scientific papers. 

Skills and Requirements:

·Completed PhD or Master’s degree with demonstrated experience or qualification in spatial analyses and systematic conservation planning

·Proven experience of running global prioritization analyses with the Zonation conservation planning software

·Excellent organizational skills and the capacity to deliver on allocated tasks and respond in a timely manner to deadlines

·Ability to work independently as well as with an international team distributed across different institutions and time-zones

· Ability to draft reports that analyze and summarize scientific information and policy applications

·Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) in English.

Full details about the opportunity and appointment terms can be found here.

This is a full-time position and duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria. 

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postdoctoral Research Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM)

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