University of Exeter: Postdoctoral Impact Fellow in Ecology (SWEEP)

By Robert Lyons on 30th August 2017
Closing Date: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017

We are looking to appoint a 1-year post available from 1 November 2017.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

SWEEP (The South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity) is an exciting new 5-year project in partnership with Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. SWEEP Impact Fellows will have a unique opportunity to develop research facing skills within a leading research intensive University, whilst also working directly with non-academic partners and stakeholders to deliver impact and real world change. We are seeking to recruit the research leaders of tomorrow, who are passionate about delivering impact from research.

Applications are invited for an ecologist with expertise in arable, grassland and agroforestry production systems, to work full time as a Postdoctoral SWEEP Impact Fellow on the project 'Decision support for the 25 Year Environment Plan: The North Devon Biosphere and Pioneer'.

The successful candidates will engage with a variety of stakeholders to improve the understanding of North Devon's beneficiaries of natural capital, the role of natural capital in the future of farm business models, and the barriers to change. The project will deliver impact in three key areas:

  1. Boosting the woodland economy, working with the North Devon Biosphere Partnership in support of its Woodland Enterprise Zone and provide essential tools and approaches to support its progress.
  1. Mechanisms to future proof farm businesses - working with farmers and stakeholders to integrate ecological understanding with future farm business models including their woodlands and information on public preferences, the project will explore potential post-Brexit farm business approaches to provide sustainable incomes for farmers across a range of farming sectors.
  1. Integration of the work on woodlands and farming with inputs from wider SWEEP activities to understand the implications and opportunities for improving water quality and reducing productivity losses. Co-ordination between terrestrial, estuarine, and marine stakeholders to reduce nutrient and pesticide run-off from agricultural land use, to promote a shared understanding of the relationship between terrestrial and marine environments.

The successful applicant will be about to complete their PhD (or equivalent qualifications/experience, if appointed on Grade E), or have completed a PhD (or equivalent qualifications/experience, if appointed on Grade F) that provides them with a solid grounding in relevant academic skills.