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Post-doc position Finance Biodiversity University of Exeter Business School

Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow in Finance Biodiversity

Job description

University of Exeter Business School

The post

The College wishes to recruit a either Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow to support the work of Professor Ben Groom, the Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics. This post, funded by the Dragon Capital Chair, is available immediately. The successful applicant will contribute to the objectives of the Dragon Capital Chair the broad purpose of which is to generate an evidence base on what policies and interventions work to reverse biodiversity decline and to ensure that biodiversity is taken into consideration by governments, investors and consumers.

Please make it clear in your application which position you wish to apply for.

This post will focus on the interface between finance and biodiversity. Research will be undertaken on the extent to which instruments and mechanisms can be developed to allow the financial sector to more fully reflect the impact that corporate and other investment decisions have on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The post requires someone interested in investigating the efficacy of financial instruments and mechanisms: ESG ratings, disclosure mechanisms, impact investment and related policies and instruments, in reorientating capital away from activities that are harmful to biodiversity towards those which promote biodiversity. This may involve analysis of individual sectors, funds, and/or supply chains, or mechanisms like the Taskforce for Nature Related Financial Disclosures, among the many initiatives currently emerging on this topic. The post also entails contributing to the work of the newly formed UK Treasury Biodiversity Working Group and the BIOECON network (www.bioecon-network.com). The post could also lead to collaboration with the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI) at the Smith School at Oxford University.

About you

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 relevant PhD (OPTIONAL or be nearing completion for those wishing to apply for the Postdoctoral Research Associate post) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants should have some or all of the following skills:

  • Strong background in econometrics and applied economic theory;
  • Experience in sustainable finance, climate finance or related areas;
  • Background in environmental and resource economics
  • Knowledge of, or training in finance/financial economics
  • An ability to work with interdisciplinary teams on issues concerning the environment, natural capital, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a . In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces . Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Informal Enquiries

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Ben Groom, Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics, email B.D.Groom@exeter.ac.uk

Job details

Job reference: P74744

Date posted: 04/12/2020

Application closing date: 17/01/2021

Location: Exeter

Salary: The starting salary for an Associate will be from £30,046 up to £34,804 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. For Fellows, the starting salary will be from £34,845 up to £46,718 on grade F, depending on qualification and experience.

Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable). Job category/type

Research Attachments Job_Description_P74744.pdf

2-year Postdoc position in marine ecology and biominerals

/From: Peter Grønkjær <peter.groenkjaer@bio.au.dk>
Sent: Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 22:48

Subject: 2-year postdoc position in marine ecology and biominerals


Starting Date and Period

The position is for 2 years and is available from 01 March 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description

Biominerals produced by aquatic animals, such as otoliths and mollusk shells, are archives of past environmental conditions experienced by the animal. They also offer a means to explore the physiology and ecology of the organism by visual and chemical analysis. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to this work in a number of areas depending on their interest and expertise, e.g.

  • Exploring growth variation in juvenile fishes and its environmental drivers using otoliths
  • Exploring historical and contemporary marine food webs using stable isotope analysis of otolith and mollusk shell protein
  • Exploring variations in the field metabolic rate of fishes using a newly invented otolith based methodology

Your profile

Applicants should have a PhD degree in biology, oceanography, geoscience or related discipline. Background and expertise may vary but the successful candidate is expected to have experience with either analysis of growth increments in biominerals, or analysis of biomineral chemistry including stable isotope analysis. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good skills in English (written and oral).

Who we are

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with close to 500 students enrolled as well as a PhD program.

The successful candidate will join Peter Grønkjærs Fish Ecology lab in AU’s Department of Biology Aquatic Section. Our lab is dedicated to exploring, understanding and predicting how environmental change and human impacts, such as fisheries, translates into ecosystem changes and interacts with the biology and ecology of the fishes to determine their survival and productivity. To this end, we combine field and laboratory work and make use of dedicated labs and instrumentation for the visual and chemical analysis of the biominerals.

Our group strives to provide an equitable, inclusive, and inspiring research environment. In keeping with AU goals, we welcome members irrespective of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status and appreciate diverse perspectives.  A core value of our group is research integrity (including honesty and transparency) and we act in accordance with the Policy for Research Integrity, Freedom of Research and Responsible Conduct of Research at Aarhus University.

Read more about our activities here.

What we offer

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with long-standing traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite.  The working language is English, and we welcome applications from those of all genders and backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University  here.

Place of Work

The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Aquatic Biology, Building 1134, Ole Worms Allé 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction.

Contact Information

Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Professor Peter Grønkjær, peter.groenkjaer@bio.au.dk


10th January 2021

Applications must include:

  • A short personal statement with your reasons for applying, and your intentions and visions with regard to the job description.
  • CV with contact information.
  • Diplomas (copies of diplomas for Master’s and PhD degrees). The diplomas must be in Danish or English.
  • A maximum of five publications may be attached.
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Fall 2020

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