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Stockholm Environment Institute at York Job Vacancy: Research Associate - Swedend

The Stockholm Environment Institute’s York Centre (SEI York) is looking for a skilled and highly motivated PhD graduate, with experience in the biodiversity and sustainability challenges associated with the production of internationally traded farming commodities.

You will work within SEI York, and be enrolled on the Luc Hoffmann Institute’s Fellow’s Programme in close collaboration with others SEI centres, the Luc Hoffman Institute (LHI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF UK).

Working on the LHI funded ‘Modelling supply chain-driven biodiversity threats for sustainable consumption policies’ project, you will develop new methods linking geo-spatial biodiversity and habitat datasets with ‘producer to consumer’ model outputs. Your work will provide an improved understanding of the role of international trade as a driver of biodiversity loss, and help to identify key leverage points for delivering fairer and more effective systems of accountability. You will also conduct focussed case studies of specific supply-chains related to major land-based commodities and the associated risks. Particular emphasis will be placed on WWF Priority Landscapes, including the Amazon and Cerrado in South America, and the rainforests of South East Asia. Outputs from this research will also inform WWF’s flagship ‘Living Planet’ report.

For this role, you will require a PhD in Environmental Science, Environmental Economics, Conservation or an associated subject (or equivalent experience), as well as knowledge and experience of GIS techniques and the use of geo-spatial data.The involvement of several international institutions in this research means that you should have highly developed communication skills and should be willing to travel within and outside the UK to conduct your research.

Deadline:  08/01/2016