Research Fellow Ecosystems Services

Medway, United Kingdom
£27,025 to £38,460
08 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Agriculture, Health and Environment

Location:      Medway campus
Salary:      £27,025 to £38,460
Contract Type:      Fixed Term
Closing Date:      Sunday 28 April 2019
Interview Date:      Friday 10 May 2019

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) ( is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary centre of the University of Greenwich that undertakes research, consultancy and training to support global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries. The Institute was recently awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher and Education for its work in developing countries.

The Natural Resources Institute has an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral research fellow in ecosystem services in tropical agriculture to work within the Ecosystem Services Research Group. The position will contribute to the BBSRC-funded project “Sustainability-Intensification Trade-offs in Coffee Agroforestry in Central America”. The project aims to assess the trade-offs between intensifying production, the provision of ecosystem services, and the social and economic sustainability across different coffee production systems.

In particular, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Assist in the quantification of supporting ecosystem services, i.e. nutrient supply, water availability, and biodiversity, and regulating services, i.e. pest losses, carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions, and water yield and quality from different coffee agri-systems
  • Work with national researchers in Costa Rica and Guatemala in the evaluation of on-farm agri-systems and long-term on-station experiments. 
  • Contribute to NRI’s strategic plan by publishing high-impact research.

The researcher will be expected to spend approximately 50% of their time in Central America based at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (

This is a fixed term appointment until March 2021. Please note that the interviews will be held on Friday, 10 May 2019.

For any queries about the nature or requirements of the position please contact Professor Jeremy Haggar:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.