Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Sustainability in Coffee Agroforestry – University of Greenwich


 

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) (www.nri.org) is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary centre of the University of Greenwich that undertakes research, consultancy and training to support global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries.   The Institute was recently awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher and Education for its work in developing countries.

 

The Natural Resources Institute has an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral research fellow in ecosystem services in tropical agriculture to work within the Ecosystem Services Research Group. The position will contribute to the BBSRC-funded project “Sustainability-Intensification Trade-offs in Coffee Agroforestry in Central America”. The project aims to assess the trade-offs between intensifying production, the provision of ecosystem services, and the social and economic sustainability across different coffee production systems.

 

In particular, the successful candidate will be expected to:

 

  • Assist in the quantification of supporting ecosystem services, i.e. nutrient supply, water availability, and biodiversity, and regulating services, i.e. pest losses, carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions, and water yield and quality from different coffee agri-systems
  • Work with national researchers in Costa Rica and Guatemala in the evaluation of on-farm agri-systems and long-term on-station experiments.
  • Contribute to NRI’s strategic plan by publishing high-impact research.

 

The researcher will be expected to spend approximately 50% of their time in Central America based at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (www.catie.ac.cr).

 

This is a fixed term appointment until March 2021. Application details can be found at:

https://jobs.gre.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=1978-E

 

For any queries about the nature or requirements of the position please contact Professor Jeremy Haggar: j.p.haggar@greenwich.ac.uk.