The Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher to conduct research related to biodiversity conservation, with a dual focus on (a) rural cropland abandonment and (b) development of metrics suitable for crediting biodiversity offsets. The research is designed to facilitate the development of effective yet practical policy solutions to important conservation issues. 

This position reports to Professor David S. Wilcove (see https://scholar.princeton.edu/dwilcove). Details on the two areas of research are as follows:

(1) Rural cropland abandonment. When people in rural communities move to urban areas, croplands are abandoned. We seek someone to study the factors determining whether those abandoned croplands remain abandoned for many years or are recultivated. This work will entail approximately three-quarters of the successful applicant's time.

(2) Metrics for biodiversity offsets. There is growing international interest in developing and implementing biodiversity offsets to mitigate activities (e.g., infrastructure and commercial development, expansion of croplands) elsewhere that are harmful to biodiversity. The successful applicant will devote approximately a quarter of their time to developing scientifically sound, practical metrics for such offsets, in collaboration with colleagues at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore.

Qualifications for this position include experience with biodiversity conservation issues related to agriculture; extensive geospatial analytical skills; and familiarity with biodiversity metrics. A strong publication record demonstrating the relevant skills is highly desirable, as is experience interacting with land managers and landowners. The position may entail some fieldwork involving interviews with land managers and landowners.

These research positions are open to all regardless of citizenship and do not support work towards the completion of a degree. A Ph.D. is required. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Positions are funded for one year with the possibility of renewal for one or more additional years based on satisfactory performance.

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via AHIRE link.: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/28243

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. Anticipated start date is January 2023. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

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