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Sustainability Science

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions Avaliable

Published: 2 December 2013

We have received news of two positions available - one in Mozambique, one in Ireland. Details below.


Post Doctoral Research Assistant: Bayesian Belief Networks and scenarios for ecosystem services and poverty alleviation


We are seeking to appoint one Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) as part of an interdisciplinary project entitled: Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands (ACES, ACES is a 3-year, £2M interdisciplinary project funded by the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme.


1. Job Details


Job title: Post Doctoral Research Assistant: Bayesian Belief Networks and scenarios for ecosystem services and poverty alleviation


Details: Available at:



Location: University of Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique


Start date and duration: Early 2014 (ideally February) for a period of approximately 36 months (depending on agreed starting date)

Salary: Salary: $2000/month. This is the gross salary (~20% will be deducted for tax etc.). This may be negotiable in exceptional circumstances.


2. Application details


To apply, please send a folder to Kate Morrison: containing:


  • Your CV
  • A list of your publications
  • A copy of a manuscript for which you are lead author (in press/or progress is acceptable) A letter of motivation.


The application must be submitted by Friday the 20th of December, midnight UK time.


Interviews will be held in early January (To be determined): by skype or video-conference.


Postdoctoral Researcher (Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security)

Ireland-Africa Plant and AgriBiosciences Research for Development Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC), National University of Ireland, Galway.

Ref. No. NUIG 113-13


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time fixed term position for 1yr as Postdoctoral Researcher in the National University of Ireland Galway Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The CCAFS-CIAT-NUI Galway partnership is engaged in agricultural crop research for development research and training to facilitate more sustainable and climate resilient nutrition of rural women smallholders.


Job Description:
  • The researcher will coordinate research and develop curriculum materials for an international educational and training program on Climate Change, Crop Production, Agriculture and Food Security and will have a combined research, education and coordination role in relation to the overall Program.
  • The research will conduct and establish lab research to support and backstop the broader NUIG/CCAFS Research Program. Initially this will consist of agricultural crop research for development research and training to facilitate more sustainable and climate-resilient nutrition of rural women smallholders through development, dissemination and utilization of drought-tolerant bean varieties with enhanced micronutrient content.

  • The successful candidate should have a PhD degree and skill set of relevance to climate change, agricultural research, agronomy, crop production, nutrition and food security, particularly in relation to developing countries with prior experience in international agricultural/crop research in the context of poverty reduction and livelihood security.
  • Broad perspective, ability and motivation to identify and harness (for training) cutting edge research across multiple disciplines spanning sciences, social sciences and the policy sphere, with a strong orientation towards evidence-based research and training of relevance to developing countries.
  • Should include understanding of current thinking and approaches for improving nutrition and food security in developing countries.

Desirable criteria
  • The successful candidate would ideally have Previous experience in development of cutting-edge international masters degree programs, distance and e-learning approaches and research experience in high-quality and highimpact agricultural research for development (e.g. within CGIAR, United Nations, university, INGO, donor sectors).
  • The ideal candidate should have excellent research, communication and organizational skills and work well in a team; be highly motivated and passionate about agricultural and crop research for development, international development and the development of new innovations; be focused on impact pathways, and have strong documentation, oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidates with skills and expertise in climate change and crop production modelling, smart agriculture, GIS/agri-mapping and agri-scenario development, food security and agricultural research strategies and related areas are encouraged to apply.



€37,750 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)


Start date:This position will expected to commence in early January 2014


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research  at NUI Galway

For information on moving to Ireland please see here

Further information on the NUI Galway Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre is available here

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter outlining your research


experience and motivations briefly within 300 words, a full C.V. (please list publications, research experience, and experimental skills) and the email and telephone contact details for 3 referees via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG 113-13 in subject line of e-mail application.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.



Closing date for receipt of applications is 17.00 (GMT) Tuesday, 10th December 2013.







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