For co-existence, (bio)diversity and justice in conservation

CON-VIVA Postdoc (36 months), based at the ESALQ (Piracicaba) from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Position 3: postdoc (36 months), based at the ESALQ (Piracicaba) from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; position to study human-wildlife conflict in the Atlantic Forest biome involving Jaguars

Description in Portuguese:

We are looking for

The Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab (LEMaC) at Forest Science, ESALQ/USP seeks a candidate for a postdoc position on the recently awarded project ‘Towards Convivial Conservation: Governing Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Anthropocene’ (CON-VIVA, 2018-2021). Candidates with a background in relevant social sciences (anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, human dimension etc.) will be considered, especially candidates with expertise in the broad areas of environment and development, political ecology, natural resources management and conservation. Your responsibilities include performing research on the (challenges to the) prospects and possibilities of convivial conservation (internationally by studying global conservation events and actors and comparatively across the four cases within the project), assisting in the coordination and management of the CON-VIVA project, occasional teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, and participating in management activities. For more information on the CON-VIVA project, see:

We ask

As postdoc on the CON-VIVA project you have:

  • A PhD in anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, political ecology, biology or a related field;
  • Proven ability to publish in high-quality academic journals and with top academic publishers;
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary and international research teams;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills as well as project coordination and management skills. Portuguese fluency is desired;
  • Good didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • Familiarity with the case-study context of the Mata Atlântica is an advantage
  • Familiarity with social science methods.

We offer

We offer the chance to participate in an exciting international network of top researchers in the field and the ability to participate in conferences and project meetings. Scholarship (R$ 7.373,10) will be paid by FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation; for 36 months. Selected candidate should live at the same city of the Institution (Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brasil) and accept FAPESP Post-Doctoral fellowship ( conditions.

To apply

To apply for this position, please submit an application letter to, indicating your suitability for the position and some first ideas about the direction you would want to take in the postdoc position, and how this would contribute to the goals and themes of the CON-VIVA project. Besides the letter, please include your Curriculum Vitae and one writing sample (a published paper or a chapter of your dissertation). The selection will follow the FAPESP norms (

Contact info

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Prof. Dra. Katia Ferraz ( or +55 19 3447 6693 or 3447 6671)

Deadline for application: 5 January 2019, 23:59/ Please note that interviews will be held during the last or third week of January 2019.

University of São Paulo, Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP)

Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ) is located at the Luiz de Queiroz Campus in the city of Piracicaba and is currently considered a Center of Excellence for Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Agricultural, Environmental, Biological and Applied Social Sciences, acknowledged for its outstanding scientific and technical performance. Its academic community is comprised of 800 faculty and staff members along with nearly 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Its total area (3,825.4 hectares) corresponds to 50% of the total area of University of São Paulo.

ESALQ offers 7 undergraduate programs and 15 graduate programs (one international), in addition to one inter-institutional and two inter-unit programs, in its 12 departments and more than 130 laboratories. It houses a reference library in Agricultural Sciences in Latin America, 4 experimental stations, as well as an enterprise incubator.

ESALQ has graduated 15,000 students. It is the first Brazilian higher education institution to graduate more than 11,000 Agricultural Engineering. ESALQ is a part of the international scene due to agreements with foreign institutions, exchanging students and faculty members, and offering double degree programs in Agriculture and in Food Science with French institutions.

Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab, Forest Science Departament at ESALQ/USP

The Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab (LEMaC) is coordinated by Dr. Katia Ferraz, at Forest Science Department, ESALQ. LEMaC team is formed by more than 20 members (graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs and trainees) working on interdisciplinary projects related to applied ecology (mammals and birds), human dimensions and conservation planning. The Postdoc will be part of LEMaC having the opportunity to integrate and collaborate with other students and projects.