Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

University College Cork

Ireland

July 22, 2022

Description

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

36 month, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

This is a research role working on a 36-month project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine on the “Impact of plant diversity on carbon storage and yield stability in semi-natural grasslands (StableGrass)”. The appointed researcher will lead a central work package within the project, namely the remote sensing of grassland biodiversity and functional traits. In particular, the appointed person will i) derive information on biodiversity and yield parameters for Irish grasslands from high resolution satellite imagery since the period of the Irish Semi-Natural Grasslands Survey (2007-2012) and compare the findings with field measurements; ii) capture and evaluate UAV imagery for selected grassland sites in conjunction with the field surveys to establish fine scale detailed approaches to estimating grassland biodiversity; and iii) develop new methods for the analysis of grassland functional traits from remotely sensed imagery, making use of the latest advancements in satellite and UAV data acquisition and machine learning approaches to data processing. The position will involve liaising regularly with academic partners and stakeholders to ensure coherency of the outputs generated from the other work packages and utility of the remotely sensed products.

The overall StableGrass project aims to use field surveys and remotely sensed data to determine changes in plant diversity and measure functional plant traits to identify functional strategies that are related to high productivity or stress tolerance. These findings will be used to identify potential synergies and trade-offs between productivity and biodiversity/carbon storage and present this information to policy makers with the aim of improving carbon storage and yield stability in a future Irish climate

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be based between the Department of Geography and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork, under the umbrella of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI). These academic units support an active teaching and research environment with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as offering a supportive research and career development environment in conjunction with the university, through a suite of career development initiatives in the postdoc hub. The position will start in October 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project Title: Impact of plant diversity on carbon storage and yield stability in semi-natural grasslands (StableGrass)

Post Duration: 36 Months

Salary: €39,522 - €46,906 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see https: // ore.ucc.ie/.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Astrid Wingler, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC; Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4904660; Email: astrid.wingler@ucc.ie.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https: // ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 22 July 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https: // www. ucc.ie/en/edi/policies/ and initiatives at https: // www. ucc.ie/en/edi/implementation/ and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK IS AN EQUAL OPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

Contact Person : Professor Astrid Wingler Contact Email : astrid.wingler@ucc.ie Job ID : 057351 Contact Number : Close Date : 22-Jul-2022 12:00