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This position is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role developing the initiative. We are looking for a skilled ecoinformatics specialist with database computing skills, a proven flair for focussing on quality in data-management, and a strong desire to communicate and connect with database contributors and users. aims to help forest scientists and forest people worldwide, especially in tropical countries, generate greater scientific and societal impact from forest inventory and monitoring. promotes scientific synergies across countries while enabling partners to access, analyse and manage the information from their long-term plots. This includes permanent forest plot data that form part of several tropical networks (e.g. RAINFOR, AfriTRON) co-ordinated by the University of Leeds, as well as supporting other research programmes and individual researchers worldwide, and national institutions such as Servicio Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas, Peru (SERNANP). Our work is currently supported in grants from the UK NERC, European Research Council, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Royal Society.

You will have a PhD or Masters in ecoinformatics, bioinformatics, computational biology, quantitative ecology, scientific computing or a related area, and a passion for, and experience in SQL programming, managing data, and communicating with a wide variety of users. You will have strong and proven skills and interest in developing and managing databases and the skills needed to train others and facilitate collaboration amongst diverse groups. The position will be based at the University of Leeds, with occasional opportunities for leading training courses with our collaborators in tropical countries.

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the Faculty of Environment holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). We are proud of our commitment to equality and inclusiveness.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Oliver Phillips, tel +44 (0)113 343 6832, email

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Geography
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 06 January 2017
Reference:  ENVGE1045
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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