Posted by: Hendra Siry | 18 January, 2016

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship (Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services Assessment)

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has several openings for postdoctoral fellows, including a position in its “Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Assessment” project.


The selected fellow in Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Assessment will work at the forefront of applied research relevant to ecosystem assessments and governance in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem services. One focus of the project is sub-global and regional assessments undertaken by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). This includes accounting systems of natural capital and ecosystem services, synergies and tradeoff analysis across ecosystem services and scales, future scenario building, and policy and institutions designed to promote sustainable ecosystem governance such as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and green growth, especially in developing countries.


Required qualifications:

– PhD degree from a range of disciplines including but not limited to agriculture, landscape ecology, and natural resources management

– Demonstrated research skills in similar areas

– Ability to design and implement research involving fieldwork

– Fluency in English is essential and a working knowledge of other languages is desirable


Jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS. The application deadline for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is 29 February 2016.


For more information on the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme, please visit our website:


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