Postdoc Research Associate, palaeoecology - Exeter, UK

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK, wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Dr. Dunia H. Urrego.


This NERC-AHRC funded post is available from 1 September 2018 on a fixed term basis until 31 August 2021.


The successful applicant will establish ecological baselines for degraded Andean forests and assess resilience to environmental change and human disturbance. Work will focus on Colombian Andean forest ecosystems to improve understanding of the future implications of forest degradation for Colombian society. This is one of three posts available. The other two posts focus on forest ecology and human geography.

The post will include research to contribute to the palaeoecological component of the project including reconstruction of vegetation change and fire regimes over the past 20,000 years using pollen, charcoal, and sediment analyses on lake and soil sediment cores. The research associate will also lead targeted fieldwork in Colombia, collecting lake sediment cores and contributing to biodiversity assessments.


The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a PhD or an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in palaeoecology, understanding of laboratory processing and extraction of fossil pollen and charcoal, and fieldwork experience in remote settings.

They will be able to collaborate effectively within the academic team and with external partners. Applicants will also have the ability to plan and manage large-scale field campaigns; travel to and spend substantial time in the field in Colombia and will desirably have proficiency in Spanish.


Applications close 26 August 2018.

To find out more and apply, go to the full position description:

Further information

General questions can be sent to Dr Urrego: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.