Post-doctoral Scientist

Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical - Headquarters, BC (30+ days ago)

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The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT; works to increase prosperity

and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research based solutions in agriculture and

environment. CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium (, a global partnership that

unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Headquartered near Cali, Colombia,

CIAT has regional offices in Vietnam (Asia) and Kenya (Africa), with staff posted in other countries as well.

To meet growing demands for research-for-development solutions at a greater scale and within a period

that is commensurate with rapidly changing global challenges, The International Center for Tropical

Agriculture (CIAT) and Bioversity International (Bioversity) are establishing an Alliance. Bioversity is a

global research-for-development organization whose vision is that agricultural biodiversity nourishes

people and sustains the planet. Bioversity delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy

options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and

nutrition security. Both organizations are members of the CGIAR System Organization.

The Position

CIAT is offering a postdoctoral researcher position for a motivated scientist working on data needs for

assessing progress on national commitments made in the Paris Agreement. The objective of the research

is to improve national reporting, explore new data sources and increase transparency accuracy,

completeness, consistency and comparability between national reports and between GHG inventories

and scientific assessments towards the global stocktake. The successful candidate will conduct research

on nationally determined contributions; measurement, reporting and verification procedures; and

traditional and emerging data sources to support national reporting. Work with leading experts in the field

through a collaborative project will be part of the job.

This position will be located in CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira, Colombia.

  • Examine the information needed to track progress towards different types of NDCs and explore
current experiences and the associated challenges relevant to reporting this information. Identify

issues and options for how this information could be reviewed and how this review could facilitate

reporting improvements

  • Identify key linkages between Articles 4, 6 and 13 of the Paris Agreement related to reporting and
reviewing information to track progress and ensure an internally and internationally consistent

progress tracking system.

  • Reconcile forest and AFOLU sinks and sources across data sources and connect with emissions
hotspot data and new data sources. This work would be based on the new 2019 IPCC guidance

and results of the assessment in the IPCC Special Report on Lands and advance the analysis to

include novel remote sensing-based approaches (as third pillar to vegetation models and GHG

inventories) and better reconcile different data sources.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • PhD in forestry, soils, agriculture or a related field
  • Strong background on land-use change, climate change policy, carbon accounting, and
greenhouse gas inventory

  • Knowledge in the areas of carbon modelling and dynamic global vegetation models is a plus
  • International experience in agricultural research and development would be considered a plus.
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications in related topics is expected.
  • A demonstrated ability to elaborate high quality publications meeting international standards.
  • Full English language communication skills, both written and oral.
Terms of employment

This internationally recruited position will be based at CIAT’s headquarters located in Palmira, Colombia,

reporting directly to Dr. Louis Verchot, who will supervise the research at CIAT and the project will be

implemented in close collaboration with Wageningen University (Prof. M. Herold and Dr. Niki de Sy). The

initial contract will be for up to two (2) years, subject to a probation period of six (6) months, and is

renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.

CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits.

CIAT is an equal opportunity employer, and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.


Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the

qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and

addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work

experience. All correspondence should be addressed to the CIAT Human Resources Office, to Tomás Solís

( and should clearly indicate “Application: Post-doctoral Scientist”.

Closing date for applications: 01/10/2020

Until a suitable candidate is identified.

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