OPALS
OPALS

Oppenheimer Programme in African Landscape Systems (OPALS)

Person Specification for Systems Doctoral Scholar

(These are the attributes that we will look for in applications to this post)

Essential Desirable
Attainments/ Qualifications
Degree equivalent to a UK honours degree (2:1 or higher, or equivalent experience) in environmental science/social science, agronomy, agriculture, geography, ecology, sustainable development, or a related subject. Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in environmental science/social science, agronomy, agriculture, geography, ecology, sustainable development, or a related subject.
Skills and Understanding
Strong foundation in human-environment interactions in Africa.

Skills in presenting information in written and visual forms.

English language skills (written and verbal).

Digital skills (ability to use videoconferencing software such as Zoom/Teams/Skype/Slack).

Understanding of climate change and climate change impacts in African landscapes.

Understanding of nature-based solutions for mitigation and adaptation in African socioecological systems

Skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research techniques.

Experience in systems thinking approaches

Prior Experience
Experience and motivation to work independently. Evidence of communicating science to diverse audiences.
Behavioural Characteristics
Curiosity and the ability to think logically.

A passion to inform adaptive management to have a positive impact in society.

Ability to work well, both individually and as part of a larger team.

Sensitivity and empathy to cultural, social, and other differences in the workplace.

Aptitude for problem-solving.

 

Interest in public engagement.

 

A willingness to conduct fieldwork in remote locations.

Other requirements relevant to this role
Candidates must hold citizenship of an African Nation.

Candidates must be eligible to study in the United Kingdom and have the ability to move to the UK.

Candidates will ideally be able to undertake one or more extended visits with partners in the Republic of South Africa and Kenya.