Postdoctoral Research Fellow x 4


    We are recruiting a team of Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join an interdisciplinary research partnership between the National Trust and the University of Exeter.

    You’ll form the core of a closely knit research group called ‘Ex-CASES’ (Exeter Centre for Analysis & Synthesis of Environmental Solutions) that will act within the “Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach (RENEW)” programme. This large, NERC funded programme seeks to develop solutions to one of the major environmental challenges for humankind, the renewal of biodiversity.

    This a fixed term contract opportunity with 4 posts available from Jan 2023 to 30th June 2026 (2.5 to 4 years). We are willing to consider combining the fellowship with other secured funding.

    What it's like to work here

    Our aim is to improve societal decision-making by developing innovative solutions that reflect shared visions and goals, are grounded in diverse knowledges and evidence, and linked to stakeholder capacities and motivation to deliver change. The Fellows will work collaboratively as a multidisciplinary team to synthesise evidence, develop and critically assess known and novel solutions (ecological, technical, social, political), and redistribute this information in directed, powerful ways.

    Your contractual location will be our head office in Swindon, however there will be an opportunity to explore and agree hybrid working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. The role will involve travel to our head office to meet with stakeholders and to carry out work.

    What you'll be doing

    Reporting to Professor Matt Heard, National Trust & Dr Sarah Crowley, University of Exeter you’ll act as primary investigator to develop and conduct Ex-Case missions. This will include using structured, mixed method approaches to efficiently gather insights and wider perspectives, frame issues, assess weight of evidence, and articulate stakeholder priorities and concerns. You will work both individually and collaboratively to develop mission approaches and solution focused outcomes.

    Who we're looking for

    You can view the full role profile for this role on our website. You don't need to have all the knowledge, skills and experience listed in the role profile; this is just to provide a full picture of what is possible in this role. For this position we’re looking for someone who has:
    • A PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
    • Specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop/follow research programmes and methodologies
    • A record of research output in high quality publications
    • Experience managing research projects
    • Ability to collaborate actively within the Institution and externally to complete research projects and advance thinking
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups
    • Ability to participate in and develop external networks
    • Able to balance research, admin and competing deadlines
    • An understanding of the importance of equality and diversity within an organisation and a commitment to helping create an inclusive culture

    The package

    The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

    • Flexible working whenever possible
    • Free parking at most locations
    • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
    • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
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