Tailored opportunities: Two PhD position in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia

What?

Two positions are available for students interested in PhD studies at The University of Melbourne in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) based in Geelong. The selected candidates will work in a multidisciplinary team on a project titled “Robotic additive manufacturing of 3D fibre-reinforced composite structures’’, and will have access to laboratory facilities in both CSIRO and The University of Melbourne, with unique opportunities for collaboration and development of innovative ideas and skills.

Additive manufacturing (AM), popularly known as 3D printing, is a process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, line-by-line and layer-by-layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methods used in traditional machining. Despite enormous progresses made in recent years, the mechanical performance of current 3D-printed composite parts is still very poor in comparison with parts made from conventional 3D textile preforms. This project addresses the fundamental shortcomings of current 3D-printing technology by developing innovative strategies for manufacturing high-performance fibre-reinforced composite parts. The objective is to greatly expand the opportunity for 3D-printing technology so that the fibre and polymer properties can be utilised to their maxima while retaining the inherent benefits of additive manufacturing.


The students will work with a postdoctoral fellow on the project and supervisors in CSIRO and The University of Melbourne, including construction of prototype robotic additive manufacturing systems, design and optimisation of 3D composite parts, fibre path planning, sensing, actuation and advanced control strategies.

Who?

To be eligible to apply you must be able to meet University of Melbourne admission criteria: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/graduate-research

Requirements:  Applicants need to have academic qualifications in either Electrical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering.  A good fundamental knowledge of control theory is needed.  Some experience of implementation of control algorithms in real robotic systems is preferred.
 
Essential attributes:

  • Experience of fundamental knowledge of feedback control systems
  • Competent in data analysis and basic statistics
  • Experience of sensors and actuators for given specifications
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
  • Good time management

Desirable attributes:

  • Experience with LaTeX, LabVIEW and ROS

When?

Applications close:  Tuesday, 11 Feburary, 2020

How?

Interested applicants are invited to email Dr Menghe Miao (menghe.miao@csiro.au) or Prof Ying Tan (yingt@unimelb.edu.au) with a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Ecosystem Services at the The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany

What?

This project investigates the relationships between natural and anthropogenic capital on the supply of ecosystem services, and on the use and demand by different stakeholders, in order to understand its effects on the distribution of ecosystem services among stakeholders at multiple spatial scales. Using a transdisciplinary approach, the successful candidate will use a combination of tools to conduct social-ecological research in three sites across a gradient of land use intensity in Germany, including social surveys and stakeholder analysis, as well as synthesis of ecological data.

Who?

  • Master in Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Sciences or related disciplines
  • Proven understanding of the ecosystem service framework
  • Experience in quantitative methods and statistical analyses (use of software R is advantageous)
  • Willingness to learn new techniques for data collection and data analyses
  • Skills in social data collection approaches (e.g. questionnaires)
  • Pro¬ven ability to work in a team and independently un¬der challenging cirucumstances
  • Advanced English and German oral and writing skills
  • Driver´s licence

When?

Deadline for application is 24.01.2020

How?

Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Maria Felipe-Lucia
maria.felipe-lucia@ufz.de

More information is available at https://recruitingapp-5128.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/1826/Description/2?customer=5128&fbclid=IwAR3TywI8qi2Ykkfzb6jBEAdtJa74GK16ZUA2y3p0PQGvPo9LeR-21YelY5k

Tailored opportunities: Call for Poster Abstracts for the Carter Conference at the University of Florida, April 15-17, 2020 on “Shifting Momentum in African Agriculture through Research and Technologies”

What?

The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida is pleased to announce a collaborative conference with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock System. This year’s Carter Conference will explore how momentum is shifting in African agriculture through research and technologies to improve resilience, livelihoods, and nutrition. The center invites poster abstracts for this event from members of the academic, public/government, private and non-for-profit sector. The conference will focus on the role that nutrition, livelihoods and resilience play in societal development. It does so by acknowledging the close relationship between good nutrition, inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth and strengthened resilience among people and natural systems.

Who?

Any applicant who can develop posters based on peer reviewed research or practical approaches in related fields.  

When?

The deadline is January 31, 2020 

How?

All poster abstracts must be submitted via the Piestar Proposal system If you have technical difficulties, click on “Help” within Piestar. Proposals received through email or any other form will not be considered.

For more information please visit the link: https://rfx.piestar.com/opportunities/all/rfp/102

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrea Bohn at abohn@ufl.edu

Tailored opportunities: Doctoral Position in Geoinformatics/ Ecohydrology at ZHAW ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

What?

The four year position will be part of the HistoRiCH project («Historical river change – Planning for the future by exploring the mapped past»), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The project aims at extracting, analyzing and utilizing hydrological geodata from historical maps in the context of practical freshwater management. This interdisciplinary effort will be carried out by the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation (IKG) of ETH Zurich, the Geoinformatics and Ecohydrology groups of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the River Restoration group of EAWAG.

The Doctoral research will develop and apply geospatial analysis and modelling workflows in the context of digital map processing and ecomorphology, thereby bridging environmental sciences with geoinformatics. Specifically, the candidate will have to develop, extract and apply information and metrics from historical map series to characterize and quantify changes in ecosystem structure and function. This includes mastering the spatio-temporal depth of the historical map sources and addressing issues of quality and uncertainties of the produced geodata.

The research will be carried out in close collaboration with a PostDoc and a PhD Student at EAWAG and IKG ETH in order to build up a spatio-temporal database for deriving guidelines for practical management (e.g., river conservation, wetland restoration).

Who?

Applicants should have earned a Masters degree in a relevant field of environmental science, Geoinformatics/GIScience, environmental engineering, landscape architecture or related disciplines. The candidate should have experience in geodata-based ecological research combining scientific computing/engineering solutions with ecology/environmental sciences. Experience in spatio-temporal and multi-scale analysis and handling uncertainty are a plus. You should also have a strong interest in research application and interdisciplinary, practice-oriented research. Excellent communication skills in English and experience in teamwork are essential. Working knowledge in German is an advantage.

When?

The starting date for the position is anticipated to be in May 2020.

How?

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Patrick Laube (patrick.laube@zhaw.ch, 058 934 5571 or Prof. Dr. Michael Döring (michael.doering@zhaw.ch, 058 934 53 09).

If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send us your portfolio, Attn. Sonja Gut, HR Consultant. Please note that applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

For further information on ZHAW or our Institute, go to: http://www.zhaw.ch/iunr

Tailored opportunities: Three month summer 2020 Science Communication Fellowship at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

What?

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is currently accepting applications for its summer 2020 Science Communication Fellowship. The fellowship starts on 25 May and ends on 31 August. The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship.  

The science communication fellow will gain experience in communicating complex systems science for a general audience through a variety of platforms including blogs, website content, video, and articles for our magazine,Options. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications Department, assisting with a variety of tasks including web publishing, media relations, event coverage, multimedia, social media, and other communication activities. The fellow will also work closely with participants in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), and IIASA scientists producing several pieces of work covering their research.

Who?

  • A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives preference to those from countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO).

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives preference to those from countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO).
  • Experience in writing about science for the general public via blogs, newspapers, university web sites, or other outlets.
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
  • Experience with or interest in social media, video, photography, or other multimedia

When?

The application deadline is 11 January 2020.

How?

To apply, please email the following documents to Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis at recruitment@iiasa.ac.at  

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • One writing sample of no more than 800 words about a scientific topic and aimed at a general audience (e.g., article for a newspaper or magazine, blog post, or op-ed)
  • A letter of recommendation

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Tailored opportunities: two PhD positions in plant protection

What?

  • 3-year doctoral training by research: start: March 2020, end: Dec 2022
  • The first PhD position (Project 3) is based at icipe’s Duduville Campus at Nairobi, Nairobi City County, Kenya but with field work in key maize production regions in Kenya
  • The second PhD position (Project 4) is based at icipe’s Duduville Campus at Nairobi, Nairobi City County, Kenya as well but with field work in Kenya.
  • For more information on the available projects go here
  • Please note: Successful candidates will develop a full proposal and register with a University after they commence their PhD programme at icipe.

Who?

  • MSc degree in biology, crop protection, entomology or a related fields.
  • Previous experience with conducting field experiments and lab bioassays, economic threshold assessment of pest and disease might be helpful
  • A good knowledge about design of field-, Screenhouse- and lab experiments, data modelling and multivariate analysis will be of help in the project.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum pass of second-class, upper division.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application.
  • The applicant must be a national of Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • A good command of the English language (written & spoken).
  • Completed application form and accompanying supporting documents submitted online.

When?

Closing date for applications: 15th January 2020

How?

Go to the online application platform by clicking here to apply and upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the Europass Format: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified copies of official university certificates and transcripts, and any other professional or academic certificates. Please combine into 1 file. If necessary, you may zip the file to make it smaller for uploading. For pdf files, can reduce the size using the online tool at https://smallpdf.com/compress-pdf
  • Copy of a signed recommendation letter from your employer (if currently employed) or University where MSc was undertaken. The letter must be on institute letterhead.
  • Close-up photograph in colour of your full head and upper shoulders
  • Copy of National ID
  • Copy of Passport biodata page (the page that has your picture and personal details)

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Tailored Opportunities: Young Leaders program in the Global Center on Adaptation

What?

The Global Center on Adaptation actively supports students and young professionals to become leaders in climate change adaptation. The Global Center on Adaptation offers internships through its Young Leaders Program. Young Leaders work with our team on issues surrounding a new global climate adaptation agenda. Interns contribute to our policy, advocacy, and research efforts that help societies across the world become more resilient to climate-related threats.

The internship takes place in the Netherlands at the premises of the Global Center on Adaptation, in Rotterdam and/or in Groningen. During the Program, Young Leaders work independently and with a team of experts on different assignments in an international and diverse environment.

Who?

  • The Young Leaders Program is open to all candidates currently enrolled in a graduate program from a variety of fields in the social sciences and life sciences.
  • Be enrolled in a graduate study program (pursuing a Master’s or PhD) or have graduated within 6 months of application
  • Have a solid understanding of international development and climate change adaptation issues
  • Have demonstrable leadership potential
  • We value diversity in our workplace and encourage all qualified individuals with a diverse professional and academic background, particularly women, to apply. Our aim is to attract and recruit the best talent from any region in the world.

When?

Deadline for applying is January 18th, 2020, 21:00 (CET).

How?

The Young Leaders Program is currently open for applications for the period of May – August 2020 (4 months total).

 Benefits?

The Global Center on Adaptation provides a monthly compensation of €500, as well as contributions to housing and travel (including to and from the Netherlands).

For more information, please visit the link: https://gca.org/young-leaders-program