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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Reference number: 2293
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Post Doctoral Fellow
Duty station: Home-based
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Post-Doctoral Fellow


CIFOR‐ICRAF’s Global Comparative Study (GCS) on REDD+ ( has produced information, analysis, and tools to promote effective, efficient and equitable (3E) REDD+ outcomes, including secure rights and livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities. The project is entering its fourth phase (2021‐2023) with a focus on using science to help overcome the barriers to implementation of 3E REDD+ policies and actions in Peru, Brazil, DRC, and Indonesia in light of growing finance for forests.

In WP1, the project will support global actors (UNFCCC, IPCC) and national and subnational stakeholders to enhance transparency and accountability in the forest and land use sector, with a special emphasis on large C reservoirs like peatlands and stable forests, through co-developing higher-quality, more accessible, and frequently updated data and information, and giving attention to the institutions and accountability mechanisms that support its responsible use.

Carbon-rich tropical wetland ecosystems including peatlands are considered as high priorities in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the world. More specifically, peatlands from Latin American and the Caribbean have been identified as being globally important but understudied.

Duties and responsibilities

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will support the finalization of the chapter on Latin America and the Caribbean of the Global peat assessment. This work entails contributing to and co-leading the writing of the 3rd order and final drafts expected to be published by the end of 2022. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also work on a dataset and produce a scientific paper on soil greenhouse gases (GHG) fluxes as affected by soil moisture and degradation of palm swamp peatlands of the Peruvian Amazonia. The dataset consists of field data on degradation characteristics and laboratory data on soil fluxes of GHG collected mid-2022. If necessary, the postdoc will select new research sites in the Peruvian Amazonia where he/she will expand the experiment. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also contribute to scientific meetings, internal meetings and meetings with donors. He/she is expected to contribute to fund raising.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work within the Climate Change, Energy & Low Carbon Development Team, and develop his/her research within an international team assessing the effect of deforestation, forest degradation, and land-use change on GHG emissions from peatlands. The incumbent will be expected to collaborate on scientific products in addition to being the lead author on his/her own scientific papers. The incumbent should expect to undertake logistical work associated with setting up a new research site. The applicant should demonstrate good organizational skills and experience in leading and motivating field crews. The work will be moderately physically demanding, and the successful candidate will be able to work independently in remote areas.


Education, knowledge and experience

  • A PhD in forestry, ecology, geography, environmental science, or a related field
  • Good understanding of the biogeochemistry of the carbon and nitrogen cycles and biogeochemical research methods in peatlands; specific knowledge of Latin American peatlands is an advantage
  • Experience in field-based ecological research (greenhouse gas sampling, vegetation and soil sampling)
  • Proficiency in publishing, question-driven research, and detail-oriented, conscientious application of scientific methods.
  • Good knowledge of statistics
  • Experience in working with multiple partners and working in developing countries are preferred.
  • Experience working in diverse and multicultural environments is a plus.
  • Fluency in English, excellent spoken and written Spanish.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Excellent analytical and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams.
  • Initiative and capability to work independently while being an effective team member.
  • Competency in personal organization, priority setting and managing multiple tasks.
  • Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Post-Doctoral Fellow position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in US dollars commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The appointment will be for 1 (one) year and 3 months, inclusive of a six-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
  • The duty station: Home-based.
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    CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 10 Aug-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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