Postdoc Position in Forest Restoration



Published4 May 2017
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryEnvironment / Sustainable Development
Social Sciences
PositionSenior Researcher / Postdoc


We are offering a three-year postdoctoral position in the field of forest restoration which is to be based jointly at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The position is funded under the auspices of the Prince Bernhard Chair of International Nature Conservation, which is sponsored by WWF Netherlands and based at Utrecht University. The current chair holder is Jaboury Ghazoul, Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich.

The position aims to assess and evaluate the success of forest restoration projects in meeting their objectives, with a view to building the knowledge base for more effective implementation of forest restoration action. The first year will be spent undertaking a literature-based synthesis of forest restoration projects from around the world to assess the extent to which they have been able to meet their objectives as defined, to identify the ecological and social barriers to meeting these objectives. In the second year, and drawing on the knowledge derived from work in the first year, we envisage a more targeted and field-based evaluation of restoration projects in a single region. In the final year we intend to draw on experiences and knowledge from years one and two to develop improved management and decision support systems for restoration action. Using role playing games or similar approaches, we will both validate our understanding and also test the applicability of our systems with relevant communities involved or affected by restoration initiatives.

The successful candidate is likely to have experience in some or all of the following topics: forest ecology and restoration, statistics and meta-analyses, modelling of social interactions, and field-based data collection in both forest ecology and social sciences. As a collaborative project that will involve work with local stakeholders as well as with scientists across two universities, an ability to work well with people is essential.
The position will be based primarily at ETH Zurich, but with opportunities to spend periods of time at Utrecht University where collaborations with colleagues is encouraged.


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