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  • Writer's pictureFOR-ES TEAM

ROLE: Postdoc Position with ForES, Accounting for Forest Ecosystem Services in Ireland

Our exciting multi-disciplinary project is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher.

This is a collaborative project with researchers in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and practitioners in Coillte. The project will use Natural Capital Accounting approaches to co-develop tools for sustainable forestry management decision making.

This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer- reviewed academic publications, development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop skills in research-led teaching.

In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project: Develop a Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) to model the delivery of ecosystem services from selected forest sites and the effects of different management scenarios on ecosystem service delivery. The BBN will be incorporated into a decision support tool in collaboration with researchers in Trinity.

This position is available for 2 years, with an anticipated start date of March 6th, 2023.

Annual gross salary €41,209 - €43,699 per annum, depending on experience.


Applicants must have:

  • PhD in ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, environmental/ ecosystem management, ecosystem services, natural capital, ecological economics, environmental decision-making or similar.

  • Knowledge of ecological modelling, preferably Bayesian belief network modelling.

  • A demonstrated commitment to research and publications

  • An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful resear project.

  • Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and ability to outline a research project.

  • Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and experience of writing a funding application)

  • Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc)

  • Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines.

  • Candidates must demonstrate an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

  • Full clean driving licence, valid for Republic of Ireland.

The PD1 position is intended for early-stage researchers, either just after completion of a PhD or for someone entering a new area for the first time. If you have already completed your PD1 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD1, or you are an external applicant whose total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 4 years, you should not apply and should refer to PD2 posts instead.

Desirable skills:

Applicants may also have experience in: • Project management • Stakeholder engagement Application Process Informal enquiries should be made to Mary Kelly-Quinn via email to Applications can be made by January 18, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications should include: 1. A curriculum vitae (including the names of two referees, one of which must be an academic referee). 2. A cover letter (maximum 1,000 words) outlining the applicant’s research interests and why they are suitable for this project.

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