A joint research team from the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town, the University College London and South African National Parks is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Fellows (PDRFs) to join an exciting project on climate change risks to biodiversity.

Project research will address one or more of the following key objectives:

(1) Forecast the timing of climate change risks to biodiversity at the species or community level, to quantify where and when losses of species, trait or phylogenetic diversity are expected this century and whether this will occur gradually or abruptly;

(2) Quantify how climate risks to species are expected to accumulate over time to improve consideration of climate change in species threat assessments (e.g., IUCN Red List);

(3) Assess the timeframe and potential for evolution to rescue species from climate driven extinction and how this varies across species and ecosystems;

(4) Use climate and land use change projections to model changes in species threat over time and identify options for expansion of protected areas within Africa and globally.

Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own research ideas within the goals of the research team. Additionally, there is the opportunity to work with the ACDI-based team on climate change impacts and adaptation in Africa for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, due in 2021.

The deadline for accepting applications is January 29, 2020. Applications received thereafter may be considered if the position has not been filled.

For further information (e.g. academic requirements) and to apply, visit http://www.acdi.uct.ac.za/acdi/opportunities.