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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Recruitment for 2011 in IEMP
Update time: [December 28, 2010]
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International Ecosystem Management Partnership(IEMP)is co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and aims to promote research and managementof ecosystem and biodiversity and their integration into emerging emphasis on green economy in developing countries. The mandates of IEMP include: supporting developing countries for decision-making on ecosystem management through monitoring and assessment; enhancing knowledge and information sharing and awareness raising; promoting technology transfer and demonstration for ecological engineering and eco-industry development; through the above initiatives and associated training programmes, IEMP will increase the ecosystem management capacity of policy makers, scientists and practitioners in developing countries, such as capacity to study and manage ecosystems as carbon sources or sinks. IEMP is currently housed in Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing, China.

IEMP will provide support to capacity building for African countries, including piloting and feasibility study for the establishment of an Africa Ecosystem Research Network and related training activities on ecosystem management and biodiversity etc; field surveys and desk-based analysis on global ecosystem management, monitoring and research capacity.

Four postdoctoral research fellow vacancy in IEMP are open for application now, with its research fields in Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment, Ecosystem Service Evaluation, Knowledge Hub for the Ecosystem Management. For more details, please see the table. All the recruited post doctors will be paid and supported according the CAS rules, and be invited to join the work of IEMP full time for two years, including study tour at aboard and fully involved in the projects. Major working place will be in Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

The preferred candidate will minimum have a PhD degree or equivalent doctorate in relevant discipline, good English capability in reading, writing and communication; healthy and strong team work attitude. Candidate with following backgrounds will add advantage (1) work or study experiences in foreign universities and institutes,(2) background in Economics,(3) experiences in long term ecological field stations.

   Documents for application:

   1、An application letter and your CV;

   2、List of published paper and 1-3 representative paper in PDF format;

   3、Contact information of two nominators including your supervisor for PhD degree.

   Contact Person:Ms Wang Guoqin

   Address:11 A Datun Road, Chaoyang District,Beijing, 100101 China

   Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.



IEMP Postdoctoral Research Fellow Recruitment Plan for 2011

Research field

Major tasks

Professional background



Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment

Analysis on the global ecosystem monitoring status and gap for need; propose a ecosystem monitoring index system for stations and network; start ecosystem monitoring station building and management.

Related to Ecology, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System

Jian LIU

Xiubo YU


Ecosystem Service Evaluation

Study on the method for ecosystem service evaluation; survey and summarize ecosystem management approaches and methods globally; drafting policy report

Related to Ecology, Economics, Environmental Economics and Physical Geographic.

Linxiu ZHANG


Knowledge Hub for the Ecosystem Management

Study on the global ecosystem database and the best practices for ecosystem management; establish a framework for global ecosystem knowledge hub and internet-based service system.

Related to Ecology, Physical Geographic, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System, Database Language.

Bingfang WU


Brief Introduction of Supervisor

Dr. Jian Liu is the Director of UNEP International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) since July 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief of UNEP Climate Change Adaptation Unitsince January 2008 and the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since June 2005. His earlier posts include Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN), and Manager of Environment Program of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Email:jian.liu@unep.org

Dr. Xiubo Yu is the Coordinator of IEMP Monitoring and Capacity Building Programme (Part time). He is also the Secretary General of the Scientific Committee of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN), and associate professor in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has 20 years’ experience in integrated river basin management, and eco-environment economics and policies, as well as long term ecological monitoring & research and capacity development including serving as Director of Freshwater and Marine Programme of WWF China. Email:yuxb@igsnrr.ac.cn

Dr. Linxiu Zhang is the Coordinator of IEMP Science for Policy Programme (Part time). She is Professor of economics and deputy director of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She obtained her PhD from University of Reading in England. For the last 26 years, most of her research concentrates on policy relevant studies on agricultural and rural development in China, including public investment in agriculture and its impact on growth, poverty and inequality, poverty and environmental dynamics, and integrated resource management at community level, community governance and public goods investments, the New Cooperative Medical System, the economics of education. Email: lxzhang.ccap@igsnrr.ac.cn

Dr. Bingfang Wu is the Coordinator of the IEMP Integrated Knowledge Management Programme (Part time). He is a professor of water resources and remote sensing application, and director of division for Agriculture and Ecology in the Institute of Remote Sensing Application, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also serves as director of the ‘Information Center of Ecological and Environmental Monitoring Network for the Three Gorges Project’. He got his PhD degree in Tsinghua University, also has 4-years work experiences in Eurosense Belfotop N.V. Belgium in Brussels. He has published more than 100 papers. His research interests include the remote sensing applications in ecosystem management and climate change adaptation. Email:wubf@irsa.ac.cn

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