Aarhus University (AU)

Post doc on models of land-use change from global to local scales (BB-E795E)

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Post doc positions at Department for Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
SustainScapes – Center for Sustainable Landscapes under Global Change at Department of Biology funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation advertises a 3-year post doc positions.

SustainScapes is a newly established research centre focused on providing the scientific basis for rethinking landscapes for restoring biodiversity in a world with increasing resource needs and a changing climate. SustainScapes aims a providing transformative real-world sustainable solutions that will alleviate biodiversity loss while satisfying societal needs for agricultural and forestry products across Denmark and beyond. Overall, SustainScapes addresses: (i) how delays in response to multiple global change drivers affect our ability to maintain biodiversity jointly with a sustainable bio-based production of food, materials, and energy, (ii) how nature-based solutions (NbS) and landscape-scale prioritization can best contribute to bio- and geodiversity recovery, (iii) how local to nation-wide sustainable solutions can be embedded in a globalized context, and (iv) how visualisation of co-benefits of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can foster implementation of transformative, sustainable, and actionable solutions.

The centre is based on a 6-years project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and led by Prof.
You will be part of an excellent, divers, inclusive, and vibrant research environment and supervised by Alejandro Ordonez, Peter Verburg, and Signe Normand. The project is embedded in a network of national and international collaborators.

Research area and project description
General background: Beside climate change, human activities, especially conversion and degradation of habitats, are one of the main causes of biodiversity declines and reductions in Nature-derived good quality of life. To fully understand the future trajectories of both biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people it is necessary to develop scenarios of national-wide changes to future human pressures. These scenarios need to be placed in a global context and to consider not only worse-case scenarios but also the possible outcomes of transformative changes in the way humans interact with nature. As part of SustainScapes, you will use both Danish and European landscapes as test areas for conceptualizing, developing, and visualizing spatially explicit scenarios of nation-wide land use and land cover change in a globalized context. The analyses will thus range from global to landscape scales.

These scenarios will be developed by combining normative ‘pictures’ of Natures Futures with simulations, modelling, or full driver analysis. The goal is to translate possible storylines of transformative change into models that can be extrapolated as geographic complex outputs useful for spatial-planning and policy development.

The scenarios to be developed in this project should take into consideration national priorities and commitments and be hierarchically embedded in the predictions of global and European scale land change models. The scenarios you will develop should also consider how global trends affect prioritization of land within Denmark and Europe, and how decisions in Denmark affect biodiversity and climate change mitigation elsewhere. Likewise, the developed scenarios should consider the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially biodiversity protection, sustainable bio-based production, and climate actions.

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in ecology or geography (or equivalent) or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. The successful candidate should have solid experience with land change models, geospatial modelling, or spatial econometrics.

We look for the following specific qualifications:

  • Knowledge on the implementation of land change models and/or Environmental Spatial Analysis.
  • Proven capabilities in handling and analysing geospatial data.
  • Cutting-edge expertise in advanced statistical analyses of large data sets.
  • Strong knowledge of programming languages R, Python).
  • Proven ability to publish at a high international level.
  • Good collaboration skills across different groups of employees.
  • It is a prerequisite that you are good at communicating in English.
  • Prior experience with European land use change scenarios is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.
  • Strong collaborative skills.

  • Place of employment
    The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity (ECOINF), Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. You will be part of SustainScapes – Center for Sustainable Landscapes under Global Change, a newly established research centre focused on establishing research-based sustainable solutions for maintenance of biodiversity and production across landscapes.

    Contact information
    Any questions about the position can be directed to Assistant Professor file:///C:/Users/Signe/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/J5X29HL2/Alejandro%20Ordonez%20Gloria" target="_blank"> Alejandro Ordonez or Prof. The Department of Biology
    The Department of Biology (The department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with a long-standing tradition of collaboration with international university partners. Much of the internal communication is in English and we welcome international applicants.

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