Research Fellows (Ecosystem Service Valuation & Ecosystem Management in Africa

Vacancy Announcement, Postdoctoral Research Fellows in 2012

International Ecosystem Management Partnership

International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP), co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was officially launched on Nov 18th 2011 in Beijing. IEMP is the first UNEP collaborative programme in the south and for the south. The core mandate of IEMP is to synthesis science findings for decision making on ecosystem management in all developing countries, this is supported by three inter-linked initiatives: Monitoring and Capacity Building, Integrated Knowledge Management, and Science for Policy. IEMP is hosted by the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Recourses Research of CAS, Beijing, China.

IEMP's work in 2012 will focus on Africa, especially on the theme of ecosystem assessment and sustainable ecosystem management, including providing policy and capacity support to African countries.

Four postdoctoral research fellow vacancies in IEMP are open for application, in the domains of Ecosystem Service Valuation, and Ecosystem Management in Africa and Asia-Pacific (see table below). All successful candidates are requested to work for IEMP full time for two years, including project implementation in developing countries. The incumbents will be paid and supported according to the CAS policies and based in Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of CAS, Beijing, China.

The candidates must have obtained a PhD degree in relevant disciplines specified on the table below, fluent in English, good communication skills and team work. Candidates with experiences of working in Africa and/or Asia-pacific are desirable.

Documents for application:

1. An application letter and your CV;

2. List of published papers and 1-3 representative papers in PDF format;

3. Contact information of two referees

Deadline for application: 31 March 2012

Contract Person: Ms Guoqin Wang, Assistant to the Director IEMP

Tel/Fax): 86-10-6488 9031


IEMP Postdoctoral Research Fellow Recruitment Plan for 2012

Asia Pacific adaptation Ecosystem Study on issues of ecosystem monitoring Ecology/Environment Xiubo YU management in and assessment, disaster management, /Remote Sensing and Bingfang WU

water policy, and food security GIS/ Geography


Brief Introduction of IEMP Supervisors

Dr. Linxiu Zhang is the Coordinator of IEMP Science for Policy Initiative. She is a professor of and Deputy Director at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) of CAS. She obtained her PhD from University of Reading in England. For the last 30 years, most of her research concentrates on policy relevant studies on agricultural and rural development in China, including public investment in agriculture and its impact on growth, poverty and inequality, poverty and environmental dynamics, and integrated resource management at community level, community governance and public goods investments, the New Cooperative Medical System, and the economics of education.

Dr. Jian Liu is the Director of UNEP International Ecosystem Management Partnership and a visiting professor in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, since July 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief of UNEP Climate Change Adaptation Unit since January 2008 and the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since June 2005. His earlier positions include Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment of CAS, Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, and Manager of Environment Program of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

Dr. Xiubo Yu is the Coordinator of IEMP Monitoring and Capacity Building Initiative. He is a professor in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS and Secretary General of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN). He has 20 years' experience in ecosystem conservation and management policy, including river basin management, and eco-environment economics and policies, as well as long term ecological monitoring and capacity building. He has also served as Director of Freshwater and Marine Programme of WWF China.

Dr. Bingfang Wu is the Coordinator of the IEMP Integrated Knowledge Management Initiative. He is a professor of water resources and remote sensing application, and Director of Division for Agriculture and Ecology in the Institute of Remote Sensing Application of CAS. He also serves as Director of the 'Information Center of Ecological and Environmental Monitoring Network for the Three Gorges Project'. He got his PhD degree in Tsinghua University, also has 4-years work experiences in Eurosense Belfotop N.V. Belgium in Brussels. He has published more than 100 papers. His research interests include the remote sensing applications in ecosystem management and climate change adaptation.

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