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Recruitment for International Postdoctoral Research Fellows in 2014 UNEP-IEMP
Update time: [April 24, 2014]
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The Agreement between United Nations Environment Programme and the Chinese Academy of Sciences signed in 2012 guided the International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) to transfer itself from an international programme to a global centre in the field of ecosystem management. It is the first UNEP initiative of such kind in the South and for the South mobilizing science to support policy setting for sustainable ecosystem management in developing countries. The UNEP-IEMP has successfully accomplished its inception phase from 2010 to 2012 which has laid a solid foundation for its development phase (2013-2015) to become a fully functional global center.

UNEP-IEMP is the first trial for UNEP to collaborate with a developing country in such a substantial way to mobilize both financial and human resources to support its programmes in the rest of the developing world. It is also the first time that China hosts such a global centre in its territory.

UNEP-IEMP, since its official launch in 2011 has been very successful in achieving its expected accomplishments. In supporting Rio+20 efforts and its follow up activities, UNEP-IEMP has successfully organized two high level fora on ecosystem management and green economy engaging officials from governments, scientists, business leaders, and representatives from international and UN organizations. In addition, a total of eight policy papers have been completed to equip decision-makers with essential information for wise decisions on management of ecosystems. Under the 2011-2013 work-plan, UNEP-IEMP has been able to successfully mobilize essential funding totally USD15million for project activities, including USD5million from GEF-SCCF with co-financing of another USD5million from NDRC, to support UNEP’s Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Flagship Programme in Africa and Asia-Pacific with Mauritania, Nepal, and Seychelles as pilot countries. Through partnering with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), and financial support from the NFSC and CAS, UNEP-IEMP has set-up the first forest monitoring and research station in Rwanda to support its national programme on ecosystem conservation and restoration. In recognizing the importance of team development for effective implementation of its core activities, UNEP-IEMP has made significant progress to increasing its team. UNEP-IEMP currently has a team of approximately 25 people, composed of part-time and full-time staff on various contractual statuses drawing expertise from and taking advantage of various international staffing programmes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

With its three expected accomplishments of Capacity Building and Technology Transfer, Making the Case through assessment and demonstration, and Enhancing Science Policy Interface, UNEP-IEMP aims to become an international think tank, a technology and knowledge hub, and a centre for capacity building on ecosystem management for developing countries.

Two postdoctoral research fellow vacancy in IEMP are open for application now, with its research fields in Ecological Economics, Integrated River Basin Management, Ecosystem Service Valuation. For more details, please see the attached table. All the recruited post doctors are invited to join the work of IEMP full time for two years, including study tour at aboard and fully involved in the projects, who be paid and supported according to the CAS policies. 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 has a PhD degree or equivalent doctorate in relevant discipline, fluent English, good communication skill, team work attitude. Candidate with following background will be preferred: (1) strong capacity in ecological economics, (2) work or study experiences in integrated river basin management, or (3) experiences in long term ecosystem service valuation.

Documents for application

1An application letter and your CV

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

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

Deadline for application10th June, 2014

Contact PersonDr. Yu Ma

Address11A Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100101 China

CERN, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research

Chinese Academy of Sciences.



Postdoctoral Research Fellow Recruitment Plan for 2014

Research field

Major tasks

Professional background



Ecological Economics

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.

Jian LIU


Integrated River Basin Management

Study on the best practices of global river basin for ecosystem management; establish framework for integrated river basin ecosystem knowledge hub.

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

Jian LIU


Brief Introduction to 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 Unit since 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).

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