Position available: PhD candidate in Environmental History of Natural Areas in Spain

Candidate Profile:

  • Educational Background: Candidates should have relevant Bachelor- or Masters-level degree in the fields of history, journalism, biology, forestry, environmental sciences, or related disciplines.
  • Technical Proficiency: Excellent writing and communications skills, experience for searching out and extracting evidence from archival records.
  • Teamwork and Communication: Flexibility to travel within Spain, and to liaising with environmental researchers, librarians and, critically, people working in (regional and national) government and natural protected areas.
  • Language Proficiency: Excellent writing skills and fluency in Spanish are mandatory. English language skills are an additional asset.

What We Offer:

  • Duration and Scholarship: Initially, a 3-year position with a salary commensurate with experience, ranging from €26,000 (with bachelor’s degree) to approximately €31,000 (with master’s degree). This is exclusive of an additional 31.4% for social security.
  • Supervision: Research Professor Miguel B. Araújo (CSIC, Spain), Professor José María Benayas (University of Alcalá, Spain), and Research Fellow Salvador Herrando-Pérez (CSIC, Spain).
  • Research Environment: Opportunity to join a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and international team of highly motivated researchers at the MNCN-CSIC and the University of Alcalá..
  • Working Base: National Museum of Natural SciencesCSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Application Process:

  • Deadline: Submit applications by April 30th, 2024.
  • Application Materials: Email a comprehensive CV (5 pages maximum), a cover letter detailing your interest in the PhD position and contact details for two referees who can provide references to Salvador Herrando Pérez: “salherra” “at” gmail “dot” “com”. In the subject of the e-mail please write: “PhD position in Environmental History”.

Knowledge contribution:

The work will document historic ecosystem changes driven by human activity in natural protected areas across Spain. The PhD position offers a unique opportunity for a motivated researcher to contribute impactful research transversal to environmental and historical sciences. Along with the PhD thesis, an edited book will be a key output of the project.