Vacancy: Conservation Scientist - Shea Pollinators

June 17, 2016

The RSPB, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and BirdLife International, is seeking a post-doctoral ecologist to examine pollination services in the agroforestry landscapes of Burkina Faso. 

This role will contribute to a Darwin Initative project which aims to build resilient landscapes and livelihoods in Burkina Faso's shea parklands. Specifically the aims of this position will be to establish the relationship between landscape and plant diversity and pollination services in shea parklands around the Kaboré Tambi National Park (KTNP), Burkina Faso.

Suitable candidates will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, a proven scientific track record, knowledge of the appropriate methods for surveying insects in west-African parkland ecosystems, experience in charcterising landscape diversity, an ability to work independently in the field and be able to adapt field methods, if necessary. Experience of pollinators in west African ecosystems would be desirable as is an ability to speak French. The candidate should have strong statistical skills, preferably in R and be comfortable using GIS.

The successful candidate will be expected to spend 6 months based in Burkina Faso for fieldwork: the applicant should therefore be comfortable working in a small team, collaborating with local scientists and NGOs, under basic living conditions. They should also be self-motivated, adept at problem-solving and able to work under pressure. The remainder of the contract will be based within the research group of Prof. Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 

More details can be found on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds website.

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