26/05/2022
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One Postdoctoral researcher (2 years) position, on “Sustainable sourcing policies for biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and improved livelihoods in the cocoa sector”

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceProgramming
    Environmental scienceOther
    GeographyEconomic geography
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    24/06/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Earth and Life Institute at UCLouvain in Belgium, with SEI and the Trase initiative, seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for

One Postdoctoral researcher (2 years) position,

on “Sustainable sourcing policies for biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and improved livelihoods in the cocoa sector”

Researchers will contribute to the Biodiversa SUSTAIN-COCOA project on “Sustainable sourcing policies for biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and improved livelihoods in the cocoa sector”, a collaboration between ETH-Zurich, SEI-Stockholm, UCLouvain, Alliance for Biodiversity and CIAT, and University of Queensland.

The UCLouvain – SEI team is led by Profs Patrick Meyfroidt and Goedele Van den Broeck, and Dr Erasmus zu Ermgassen at UCLouvain, and Dr. Toby Gardner at SEI. You will be part of a leading, multinational, multidisciplinary, and multilingual team of experts. We value diversity, inclusivity and creativity and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Contracts will be based on Belgian regulations, depending on prior research experience, and will include the benefits of Belgian social security such as health insurance. You do not need to be a Belgian- or EU citizen, nor have a work/residence permit in order to apply for a job at UCLouvain.

 

Objectives: To investigate and foster the conditions under which supply chain sustainability initiatives (SSIs) can lead to reduced deforestation and increased shade-tree cover in cocoa production systems and, in turn, a triple-win of increased biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and livelihood resilience, in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Research description: Within the project, the postdoc, in collaboration with the SEI-UCLouvain team and the Trase initiative trase.earth, will be in charge of several key tasks, mainly:

* Improving and updating the model of subnational to export market cocoa supply chains in Côte d'Ivoire, including by improving the model design, translating the code from R to Python, and updating the model with new data (see some results of this model here: https://insights.trase.earth/insights/chocolate-companies-face-deforesta... )

* Engaging and liaising with multiple actors in Côte d’Ivoire and internationally (NGOs, companies, public actors) to unlock data and information in order to improve and update the model of Côte d’Ivoire (e.g. by fostering the release of companies’ supplier lists) and ensuring the uptake and use of the results in the Ivorian and international policy context.

* Assess the possibilities for improving the transparency context and building similar subnational supply chain models for other countries in the region such as Ghana or Cameroon, and act upon these possibilities.

Profiles required: A researcher holding a PhD degree in geography, natural sciences, economics, business, data science, social sciences, or equivalent, with a background in data analysis, sustainability issues, land use, impact evaluation, agricultural economics, development, or related areas of research.

 

Several skills can constitute strong assets for this position:

* Data processing and programming skills in R and Python (solid skills in at least one of these, ability to learn the other).

* Stakeholder management experience: the project will require engagement with key stakeholders across the supply chain (public, private, civil society).

* Working proficiency in English.

* French language with a sufficient level to interact with stakeholders.

 

Desirable skills and assets include:

* Knowledge of and experience with the cocoa supply chain, and sustainability and development issues in the cocoa sector in West or Central Africa, or in other similar supply chains.

* Experience in multi-cultural multi-disciplinary multi-lingual teams

* Interest and knowledge about land use, sustainability and development dynamics in Africa or other low/middle income regions.

* Spatial analyses and GIS.

* Statistical analyses, in particular spatial statistics and impact evaluation methods.

 

You do not need to be a Belgian- or EU citizen, nor have a work/residence permit in order to apply for a job at UCLouvain. Candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests, and names and contacts of three referees to:

Prof. Patrick Meyfroidt - patrick.meyfroidt@uclouvain.be

The review of applications will start on June 24, 2022, applications will close at that time.

Starting date: Ideally September 2022.

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Benefits

You do not need to be a Belgian- or EU citizen, nor have a work/residence permit in order to apply for a job at UCLouvain.

Contracts will be based on Belgian regulations, depending on prior research experience, and will include the benefits of Belgian social security such as health insurance.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Geography: PhD or equivalent
    Computer science: PhD or equivalent
    Environmental science: PhD or equivalent
    Economics: PhD or equivalent
    Other: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good
    FRENCH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

Profiles required: A researcher holding a PhD degree in geography, natural sciences, economics, business, data science, social sciences, or equivalent, with a background in data analysis, sustainability issues, land use, impact evaluation, agricultural economics, development, or related areas of research.

 

Several skills can constitute strong assets for this position:

* Data processing and programming skills in R and Python (solid skills in at least one of these, ability to learn the other).

* Stakeholder management experience: the project will require engagement with key stakeholders across the supply chain (public, private, civil society).

* Working proficiency in English.

* French language with a sufficient level to interact with stakeholders.

 

Desirable skills and assets include:

* Knowledge of and experience with the cocoa supply chain, and sustainability and development issues in the cocoa sector in West or Central Africa, or in other similar supply chains.

* Experience in multi-cultural multi-disciplinary multi-lingual teams

* Interest and knowledge about land use, sustainability and development dynamics in Africa or other low/middle income regions.

* Spatial analyses and GIS.

* Statistical analyses, in particular spatial statistics and impact evaluation methods.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Earth and Life Institute, UCLouvain
Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve
1348
Place Pasteur 3

EURAXESS offer ID: 790520

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