Research Associate (Quantitative Ecology)

London (Greater)
£38,304 Per Annum, Including London Weighting
18 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
07 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The Department of Geography at King's College London invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in quantitative ecology. The post will be based in the research team of Dr Jane Catford at KCL's Strand Campus in central London, and will be one of four new PDRA appointments.

The position will be funded by a 5-year European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ALIENIMPACTS). ALIENIMPACTS aims to develop an approach for predicting impacts of alien plant invasions on plant community diversity, using temperate grasslands as a model system.

This post will help to test competing hypotheses that describe how alien plants can reduce community diversity, and will examine and quantify fitness differences between alien invaders and co-occurring native species. Core research for the PDRA will include: analysing data from the globally replicated grassland experiment, the Nutrient Network; and analysing global observational data about plant functional traits and demography. The post will require collaboration with a wide range of international scientists, management and integration of disparate, large datasets, and creative application of GIS and statistical approaches, including convergent cross mapping.

Key collaborators include Prof. Elizabeth Borer (U. Minnesota), Prof. Eric Seabloom (U. Minnesota), Prof. Yvonne Buckley (Trinity College Dublin), Assoc. Prof. Rob Salguero-Gomez (U. Oxford) and other members of the ALIENIMPACTS team. There will opportunities for additional related research.

The Department of Geography is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and has a vibrant, friendly and international research culture, which includes approximately 30 postdocs and 100 PhD students. The PDRA will be part of an active group of ecologists in the department, and will have many opportunities for professional development including funding to attend meetings and workshops, and opportunities to co-mentor students and collaborate with other scientists and groups.

The post will be responsible to Jane Catford. The project and position begin in April 2021, though a slightly later start date will be considered if required. For questions or further information, please email

Contract Type
This post will be offered on an fixed-term contract for 30 months (2.5 years).
This is advertised as a full-time post (100% full time equivalent), but flexible and part-time working arrangements will be considered.