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November 14, 2013

Job: Senior Research Scientist in Kyrgyz Republic

Deadline: Dec 13, 2013

Position: Senior Research Scientist
Department: Mountain Societies Research Institute
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Reporting line: Director, MSRI
Deadline: 13/12/2013

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead the design and implementation of interdisciplinary, applied research within the thematic areas outlined below. Specific responsibilities will include leading a project on ecosystem services monitoring and adaptive governance and a long-term socio-ecological systems research programme.
Define roles and responsibilities of, recruit, and lead research teams including Central Asian research fellows, associate researchers from partner institutions, and development implementation collaborators.
Support Academic Affairs in the development of courses and curriculum, especially the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate program and Mountain Economies graduate programme.
Work closely with UCA’s Development and Donor Relations Department to develop research proposals and manage external research grants.
Develop MSRI as a knowledge and resource hub for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers interested in mountain societies.
Support the Director with strategic administrative duties for the Institute.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

PhD in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary area.
At least five years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated independent research leadership and publications in refereed journals.
Highly motivated to develop research teams and mentor researchers from the region.
Excellent conceptual skills in identifying information and knowledge gaps and research opportunities.
Ability to work in developing/emerging countries and effectively communicate with partners and stakeholders from different backgrounds, including scientific, managerial and other non-scientific backgrounds.
Experience writing successful grant proposals and managing externally funded research.
Flexibility and ability to work in a start-up environment of a new academic institution
Excellent English-language writing skills


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of issues relevant to mountain societies
Knowledge of the greater Central Asia region
Working knowledge of Russian and/or a Central Asian language


Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 13 Dec 2013.

Mountain Societies Research Institute
The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (UCA-MSRI) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities within Central Asian mountain communities and environments. MSRI's goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through the generation and application of sound research. MSRI, together with its partners, actively works to transfer knowledge to policy and practice aimed at improving the quality of life for people of the mountain areas in Central Asia. MSRI’s Background Paper Series strategically identifies research priorities and pathways to application for each MSRI priority area, such as pastoralism and farming, sustainable land management and mountain tourism. Other MSRI resources include an online interactive Knowledge Hub and the Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fund. For more information about UCA-MSRI, please visit: http://msri.ucentralasia.org/default.asp

Posted by sarayu at November 14, 2013 12:43 PM

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