11a Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB

The postholder will be responsible for conducting ecological and transdisciplinary research, as part of an international collaborative research programme (The Flourishing Landscapes Programme) on ecological intensification in smallholder agricultural systems at tropical forest frontiers. This will include conducting ecological research on the role of biodiversity in moderating Natures Contributions to People (NCPs) in smallholder agricultural landscapes in Ecuador, Ghana and Viet Nam. Further, the post-holder will work with community and food system stakeholders to develop farmer led tools for monitoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The role will also involve food system stakeholder engagement and coordinating with international collaborators and reporting to the programme funders.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD and/or postdoc experience conducting research in an area relating agricultural ecology, forest ecology, restoration ecology in tropical contexts. This will include experience in collecting and/or analysing data for at least one of the following: terrestrial/ airborne laser scanning or UAV photogrammetry, bio-acoustics relating to bats or birds, DNA metabarcoding, microclimate sensor networks, soil nutrient profiling / metabolism, pollinating insect (camera) trapping / identification.

Where Covid-19 has resulted in substantial disruption to your work or research outputs, please explain this by providing an additional paragraph in your supporting statement.

The University of Oxford is committed to equality and valuing diversity. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

This post is full time and available immediately.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 5th December, interviews are likely to be scheduled for mid-December. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via our e-recruitment system, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

Contact Person : HR Vacancy ID : 168675 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 05-Dec-2023 09:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 8.1 – 8.3: £45,585 - £48,350

Job details




University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 21, 2023

Application deadline

December 05, 2023

Job type



Agricultural Science,Geosciences,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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