Work in Peru: Climate Change on Tropical Forests

Deadline: 01 February 2017. Fixed-term for 2 years. Salary: Grade 7 (£32,004 to £38,183 p.a.). University of Leeds.

Would you like to be part of an exciting new research project evaluating and communicating the impact of climate change on tropical forests? Are you interested in contributing to the management of protected areas in Peru? Do you have a PhD in Tropical Ecology, Conservation and/or Systematics of Neotropical Forests?

Dr Tim Baker, Associate Professor in Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation at University of Leeds has a unique opportunity to further our understanding of the resilience of the forests of the Andes-Amazon region to climate change and to use this knowledge to directly influence the management policies and monitoring strategy of the protected areas of the Peruvian Andes-Amazon region. The project requires close liaison with the Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP) in Peru and will use permanent forest plots that form part of the RAINFOR network to understand how different environmental drivers are affecting forest structure and composition.

You will be based in Peru and have a natural flair for communicating science and facilitating collaboration amongst research organisations, government institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) in both English and Spanish. You will also have a proven interest in the development of effective management strategies for protected areas in the tropics. Experience of fieldwork in a tropical forest environment and the challenges of creating, maintaining and using large, high quality science datasets is an essential requirement of the role.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Tim Baker, Associate Professor in Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6832, email:

Reference: ENVGE1047

More info: Candidate Brief