Research Fellow in Tropical Forest Carbon Balance

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
23 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have skills in analysing large environmental datasets and a particular interest in the carbon balance of Amazon forests?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

The Ecology and Global Change research cluster at Leeds conducts world-leading research in tropical ecosystem ecology and change. We are looking to recruit a highly skilled and ambitious Postdoctoral Research Fellow to produce and conduct analysis on state-of-the-art biomass maps for South American forest ecosystems and maps of critically important carbon cycle processes (woody productivity and biomass mortality) for Amazonia.  These maps will be largely derived from inventory data housed within the database, the world’s largest database of repeat-census tropical forest plots. These new maps and analyses will allow for an updated understanding of spatial variation in key Amazon carbon cycle components.  The project will also involve the analysis of land use change datasets from Amazonia (e.g. deforestation from PRODES and degradation from DETER) to better understand the role of anthropogenic disturbance on the Amazon carbon cycle. This post will be funded by the Met Office Brazil-CSSP Programme. 

You will be responsible for construction of the biomass, productivity and mortality maps and for leading analysis of the resultant spatial patterns with support from PIs in Leeds and collaborators in South America.  You will also explore the potential of integrating remote sensing data streams to better interpolate plot-based estimates.  An important part of the project will be to liaise with partners across South America in the map development process. You will also be expected to work closely with Brazilian students from collaborating institutes who will visit Leeds and to present the results of your work in project meetings. Although you will be based in Leeds, you may also be expected to deliver training to early career researchers in South America. 

You will have a demonstrated ability to analyse large datasets, preferably in Google Earth Engine, highly developed statistical skills and an understanding of carbon cycling in tropical forests and a track record of publishing high-quality publications on topics of relevance to this post.   

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

Dr David Galbraith, Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 32730, email: 

Location:      Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:      Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:      School of Geography
Category:      Research
Grade:      Grade 7
Salary:      £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:      100%
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (5 Months)
Closing Date:      Sunday 22 December 2019
Downloads: Candidate Brief