Environmental / Natural Resource / Ecological Economist – The James Hutton Institute

We are seeking an Environmental/Natural Resource/Ecological Economist to join a team working on deepening our understanding of natural resource/ecosystem services valuation, both in Scotland and more widely.

Applicants must have a PhD or be nearing completion in a relevant subject, and a good understanding of different monetary and/or non-monetary valuation methods and of the strengths and weaknesses of policy instruments associated with non-market values.
The remit of this post is to investigate non-market values with respect to natural resources and ecosystem services. A specialism in one particular field of non-market valuation is desirable, for example in relation to biodiversity, carbon, water or landscape character and/or related cultural services. Skills on the application of spatial analysis tools (for example, GIS) to valuation would be appreciated.
This is an indefinite appointment. Working within the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group and across several Research Themes, this postdoctoral researcher post will contribute to our ongoing and well-established research effort at the James Hutton Institute on the economics of ecosystem services and natural resource valuation (monetary and non-monetary), both in Scotland and more widely. This work will be built around the 2011-2016 Scottish Government research programme where ecosystem services valuation is recognised as a key issue, but will also connect to a wider range of research at UK, European and global levels.
  • Team work within the suite of ongoing environmental valuation work in the Institute and across scientific disciplines
  • Developing and applying non-market (monetary and non-monetary) economic valuation techniques at international, national and regional levels
  • Writing or contributing to writing papers suitable for appropriate international journals and conferences
  • Contributing to relevant knowledge transfer activities to stakeholders
  • Preparing and assisting in preparing research proposals to appropriate funding sources for further work
  • Experience in survey design and implementation.
  • Experience in application of different modelling approaches to environmental/ecological economics problems.
  • Good quantitative modelling skills and experience in using software for statistical modelling.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Qualitative research skills (desirable).
  • Skills on the application of spatial analysis tools (eg. GIS) to valuation (desirable).
  • Solid grounding in principles and techniques of environmental and ecological economics.
  • Awareness of strengths and weaknesses of different methods for assessing ecosystem services values.
  • Skills for engaging across multiple scientific disciplines in the area of environmental and social sciences.
  • Ability to grasp and criticise complex ideas.
  • Ability to relate theoretical concepts to real-world problems and vice-versa.
  • For Band D: applicants must show evidence of potential ability to produce good refereed journal papers and income generation.
  • For Band E: applicants must have sufficiently proven their ability to produce good refereed journal papers and generate income.
  • Experience required
For Band D: applicants must have research experience at the level of doctorate studies (PhD or nearing completion).
For Band E: applicants must have several years of postdoctoral research experience.
Academic requirements:
For Band D: applicants must have a PhD or be nearing completion in a relevant subject.
For Band E: applicants must have a PhD and several years of postdoctoral experience in the area of research.
Other specific requirements:
  • Ability to plan and to carry through plans.
  • Experience of working effectively in a team.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Occasional periods away (for example, collecting field data, attending conferences or international meetings, etc.).
  • Interest in inter-disciplinary work.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail.
  • Enthusiasm for topic area.
  • Interest in other approaches to environmental economic analysis e.g. cost-effectiveness analysis.
  • Clean driving licence applicable in the UK.  
Closing date Tuesday 16 April 2013.
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, (including the names and addresses of three referees one of which must be your current or most recent employer) quoting reference number JHI/1/13 to HR Office Aberdeen, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH or vacancies@hutton.ac.uk. 

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