Hutton 20-17 - MDT Fellowship in Natural Capital Accounting

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Posted: 26/06/2017 15:57
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £37,500 to £61,000
Location: Aberdeen
Level: Hutton F
Deadline: 08/08/2017 23:59
Hours: 37
Benefits: Competitive
Job Type: Fixed term - 3 years

We are seeking a well-established transdisciplinary researcher to provide leadership in the field of Natural Capital Accounting. The three year fellowship has been funded by the Macaulay Development Trust (MDT) to contribute to existing research on natural capital accounting, allowing us to overcome existing scientific challenges.  The successful candidate would help to develop and link the many strands of research on natural capital within the Institute, and to promote it at national and international levels.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with many partners, including the Scottish Forum for Natural Capital, Natural Capital Initiative and the Ecosystem Service Partnership. The successful candidate also has the option of supervising a PhD studentship on the topic, due to start in Spring 2018.

This post is appointable at a Hutton band F for exceptional candidates who meet all essential criteria and key components of the desirable skills and experience. Candidates who cannot evidence this but do meet the essential criteria are encourged to apply and may be appointed at Band E (£37,500 - £48,000)

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Purpose of Job

To provide leadership in the field of Natural Capital Accounting and to undertake research into the implementation of natural capital accounting to address challenges such as:

  • How to account for the combinations of assets that make up ‘natural capital’?
  • How to adequately take account of the heterogeneous nature of natural capital through space?
  • How to adequately take account of temporal dynamism in natural capital?
  • How to include attention to the distribution of benefits derived from natural capital?

Initially the focus will be on a multi-scale Scottish land based case study in which the Natural Capital Protocol is being trialed. However, there will be ample opportunity for the Fellow to shape their own research agenda either in a national and international context, or both.  There is already a range of research on natural capital funded through the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme as well as within H2020 and other large international projects and these would welcome input from a senior researcher.

Main duties of post holder

To undertake research including project design, data collection, data analysis and writing up results.

  • To promote and disseminate their own, and work ongoing within the Institute, in national and international settings both to scientific and policy-practitioner audiences
  • To lead proposals for external funding, identify funding opportunities for others, and contribute where appropriate to other bids in the area.
  • To co-supervise the MDT funded PhD student (with Hutton and University of Leeds co-supervisors).
  • To contribute to the work and procedures of the Science Group and Institute.
  • To undertake, and where relevant provide, training and profession development



  • Masters and significant experience environmental or ecological economics
  • Awareness of the range different methods and datasets available for natural capital valuation and accounting
  • Application of method(s) in a specific case
  • Evidence of project and people management experience e.g. working budgets, line management etc
  • Publication Record in international journals
  • Involvement in successful income generation
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research experience
  • Ability to interpret and use spatial modelling outputs
  • Ability to present to a range of audiences including both academic and policy
  • Fit with the ethos, values and mission of the Institute


  • PhD in environmental or ecological economics; environmental accounting or natural resource valuation.
  • Knowledge of the range of methods to characterize and evaluate natural capital assets
  • Application of method(s) in more than one case
  • Previous leadership role in applied research projects
  • Evidence of profile in relevant societies or communities of relevance e.g. invited keynotes, editorial positions
  • Evidence of leading successful bids
  • Ability to lead teams across natural-social science boundaries
  • Ability to programme and use GIS and other spatial tools
  • Experience of communicating to business audiences
  • Vision for the fellowship

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