Tailored Opportunities: 15 PhD positions available in MiRA EU-ITN

15 PhD positions are available at different research institutions and companies in Europe, participating in the Marie Curie ITN “Microbe-induced Resistance to Agricultural pests” (MiRA). All positions are open from April 1st 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Deadline for applications is January 14th 2018.

Read more aobut the backgorund for the project here.

General requirements for all ESR positions

At the time of commencement, it is required that the candidates have not been awarded a doctorate degree and are within the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. Furthermore, the candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the enrollment country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Candidates are required to spend part of their project period at other institutions in the the MiRA consortium on secondments, see details at individual posts.

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 1)

Ecological Sciences, The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK and Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK Project title: Does plant osmotic stress alter microbe-induced resistance to aphids in Solanum?

Apply here: https://www.cloudonlinerecruitment.co.uk/jameshutton/

PhD scholarship in plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 2) Functional Ecology Laboratory, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel Project title: Effects of eco-climatic adaptation of tomato and microbe genotypes on resistance- induction

Apply here: https://www.unine.ch/lef/home.html

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 3) Insect Biology Research Institute (IRBI), National Center for Scientific Research / University of Tours Project title: Impact of plant-associated Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) on insect endo- symbionts and consequences for resistance-induction and performance of tomato

Apply here: http://irbi.univ-tours.fr

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect ecology (ESR 4)

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Project title: Effect of phytopathogens and entomopathogens on microbe-induced plant resistance and performance

Apply here: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=146310

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect interactions (ESR 5) Department of Microbial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, NL Project title: Impact of microbial inoculums on microbiome composition and resistance-induction of host plants against insect pests

Apply here: https://nioo.knaw.nl/nl/vacatures-en-stages

PhD scholarship in -Plant Microbe Insect Interactions (ESR 6) Department of Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Granada, Spain Project title: Signaling in induced resistance modulation by beneficial soil fungi (AMF/Trichoderma) against chewing and sucking insects in tomato

The ​ ​application,​ ​in​ ​English,​ ​must ​ ​be ​ ​submitted​ ​electronically​ ​to​ ​mjpozo@eez.csic.es

PhD scholarship in Plant-microbe-insect interactions (ESR 7)

Department of Biology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Project title: Molecular mechanisms underlying interactions between microbe-induced resistance to herbivorous insects and pathogenic microbes

Apply here

PhD scholarship in  Molecular Interaction Ecology of Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions (ESR 8)

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena Project title: An integrated “omics” approach to unravel the impact of root symbionts on tomato direct and indirect defenses against herbivores

Apply here: https://www.idiv.de/about_idiv/career.html

PhD scholarship in – Plant Microbe Insect interactions (ESR 9) Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Project title: Impact of drought on plant resource allocation and its effect on intra and inter- organismal signalling between resistance-inducing rhizosphere bacteria and plant

Apply here: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=146310

PhD scholarship in Ecology of Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions (ESR 10) Department of Environmental Protection, Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Granada, Spain. Project title: Effect of resistance-inducing mycorrhiza on natural enemies of aphids in tomato

The ​ ​application,​ ​in​ ​English,​ ​must ​ ​be ​ ​submitted​ ​electronically​ ​to​ ​emilio.benitez@eez.csic.es

PhD scholarship in – Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 11) Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, The Netherlands Project title: Abiotic modulation of effects of mycorrhizae on plant indirect and direct defence against insect pests

Apply here: https://nioo.knaw.nl/en/job-vacancies-and-internships

PhD scholarship in – Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 12) INOQ GmbH, Schnega, Germany Project title: Using insects as vectors for inoculation of beneficial resistance-inducing microbes in plants

Apply here: www.inoq.de

PhD scholarships in Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions (ESR 13) Department of R&D Microbiology, Koppert Biological Systems, Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands Project title: The study of soil borne beneficial microbial consortia to contribute to the research on plant protection products for modern agriculture

Apply here: https://koppert.has-jobs.com

PhD scholarship in Applications of Plant-Fungi-Insect Interactions (ESR 14) Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Project title: Resistance-inducing benefits from root-associated entomopathogens: translation from lab observations to field application

Apply here: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=146310

PhD position in Research on Acceptance of Innovations in Agriculture (ESR 15) Department of Department of Agricultural and Food Market Research, University of Bonn, Germany Project title: Multi-Stakeholder acceptance of using beneficial soil microbes for crop yield and pest suppression in tomato and potato cultivation in Europe

Apply here: http://www.ilr.uni-bonn.de/central/jobs_d.htm


Tailored opportunities: Three Ph.D. studentships and one postdoctoral position on Biodiversity and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions

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Biodiversity and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions

We are seeking three highly motivated Ph.D. students and one postdoc to join a project assessing studies of plant-pollinator relationships in tropical and temperate environments. The research is focused on changes of general characteristics of pollination networks with environmental gradients, as well as on case studies of selected pollination systems. All the new team members will process already collected data and material, as well as actively participate on field sampling (at least two larger expeditions during the study/work) of data and their subsequent processing in collaboration with international specialists. The length of the study is 4 years, the length of the postdoc is two and half years.

The successful applicants will be supervised within the multi-disciplinary team (www.insect-communities.cz) at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, with a close collaboration with the Institute of Entomology and Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences. The fieldworks will be performed in Cameroon and/or Czech Republic. We have more than ten years continuous experience with various field projects in Cameroon. All senior members of our team have also worked in field in the Czech Republic since their studies.

What is required?

  • Enthusiasm in nature and ecological science

  • Ability to work as a team member, but also being independent

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Desirable (but not necessary) for all positions

  • Previous experience of collaboration in scientific projects evidenced by a (co)authorship of research papers or conference contributions


  • Attractive scientific topic in an established international team

  • Sufficient financial and logistical sources for the projects (currently we hold three large projects for pollination research)

  • 240,000 CZK net annual income for the Ph.D. students (combination of scholarship and salary) or 360,000 CZK net annual income for the post-doc (salary), plus various student/employee bonuses; both incomes sufficiently cover living expenses in the Czech Republic (the national average net income is ca. 260,000 CZK annually)

Application process?

All applicants will send a structured CV, contacts for three referees, and a cover letter stating their previous work, qualification (especially all field experience and less usual field/laboratory techniques) and motivation to our group email insectcommunities@gmail.com. Each application for the Ph.D. studies will include information to which position(s) it is related, one application for more positions is acceptable if the specific interests are described in the motivation letter. Any questions should be sent to the same email as well. The review of applications will begin on 20th February 2018 and will continue until the position has been filled. Selected applicants will be interviewed through Skype in the first ten days of March 2018. The Ph.D. positions are available from October 2018, the postdoctoral position from early summer 2018.

#1 Ph.D. position: Pollination networks in fragmented Afromontane grasslands

The main aim of this project is to reconstruct pollination networks in fragmented open habitats in Cameroonian mountains (Mount Cameroon and Bamenda Highlands). For these purposes, we use direct collecting and observations of visitors of all currently flowering plant species in communities, as well as video-recording of these interactions. Our aim is to reconstruct plant-pollination networks in grasslands on the whole community level under different seasonal, isolation and community composition conditions, and to disclose factors responsible for shaping of these interactions networks. The results will be directly comparable with similar dataset originated from the Czech Republic by the same sampling protocols allowing us to compare pollination networks in tropical and temperate regions. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Štěpán Janeček.

What is required?

  • a MSc degree in biology or related fields (in summer 2018 at the latest)

  • Ability to lead a field research in challenging conditions of tropical environments

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Reasonable knowledge of insects and/or plants

  • Experience with standard entomological sampling methods

  • Basic knowledge of French

#2 Ph.D. position: Organization of Afrotropical plant-bird pollination communities

The aim of the project is to study plant-bird interactions along the tropical altitudinal gradient of Mount Cameroon in different seasons, filling the knowledge gap in the Afrotropics. The main target is to gain complex plant-bird interaction matrices together with explanatory matrices related to abundance of flowers, energy supply, plant-bird morphological trait matching, and spatio-temporal overlap of interacting organisms. The project includes both traditional observation of bird-plant interactions and DNA analyses of pollen loads from bird bodies. We expect that the PhD student will be responsible mainly for the pollen collection in the field and the following DNA analyses in our laboratory. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Štěpán Janeček, Dr. David Hořák, and Dr. Robert Tropek.

What is required?

  • a MSc degree in biology or related fields (in summer 2018 at the latest)

  • Ability to lead a field research in challenging conditions of tropical environments

  • Experience with molecular methods

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Experience with field ornithology and/or botany

  • Experience with any next generation sequences approaches

  • Basic knowledge of French

#3 Ph.D. position: Plant-pollinator interactions along a temperate altitudinal gradient

The aim of the project is to study changes in plant-pollinator networks in seminatural temperate forests along an altitudinal gradient in the Czech Republic. Pollination networks will be reconstructed in several different elevations of the Giant Mts. using standardised video-recording of all flowering plant species in communities. We will focus on analyses of changes of the plant-visitor networks along the altitude, but also with season. The results will be directly comparable with the similar dataset being currently sampled on Mount Cameroon by the same sampling protocols allowing us to compare pollination networks in tropical and temperate regions. The student is expected to join the tropical networks sampling as well. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Štěpán Janeček.

What is required?

  • A MSc degree in biology or related fields (in summer 2018 at the latest)

  • High communication and organisation skills

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Experience with plants and/or insects

#4 Postdoc position: Changes of pollination networks characteristics along various environmental gradients

The postdoc will be collaborating on several our projects from both tropical and temperate regions. She/he should be mainly responsible for the network analyses and comparisons of various datasets of plant-pollinator interactions on the community level. Nevertheless, she/he is expected to join also other aspects of our pollination research based on her/his skills, including field sampling, samples identification, measuring and analyses etc. She/he will have an opportunity to join our field sampling in both Cameroon and Czechia. The postdoc will be jointly led by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Štěpán Janeček.

What is required?

  • a Ph.D. degree in the relevant field (in early spring 2018 at the latest)

  • advanced skills in ecological networks statistical analyses

  • Enthusiasm for statistical revealing of ecological enigmas

  • Reasonable publication record

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Reasonable knowledge of insects or plants

  • Experience with trophic interactions research

For  detailed information please visit this link:http://www.insect-communities.cz/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/PhD_postdoc_2018_Eng.pdf


Tailored Opportunities: AuthorAID Travel grant

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The travel grants are for early-career researchers to travel to international conferences to present their research and the workshop grants are for experienced researchers or administrators to organize a workshop on a topic related to research communication. Future calls for AuthorAID travel and workshop grants will be announced on the website.


  • A citizen of and living and working in a country on the list of eligible countries. Exceptions are made for refugee academics, so please make this clear on your application.
  • You should not have received a grant from AuthorAID in the past two years.
  • You should be a first-time presenter

What is required?

  • You should be ready to complete the online application form in a single session, as partial applications cannot be saved. Before you begin an application, we suggest you read the PDF copy of the application form and prepare your responses to the questions that require some thought.

Benefit?  USD 1500

When? The application deadline is 3rd of January 2018

For further information: http://www.authoraid.info/en/news/details/1253/ If you need any assistance in the application process, please write your question as a comment for this post

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Tailored opportunities: Africa PhD Fellowship Program


Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google Africa PhD Fellowship Program has been created to support and recognize outstanding students pursuing or looking to pursue PhD level studies in computer science and related areas. The Google Africa PhD Fellowship program for 2018 is now open for application until 11:59pm GMT on Friday 19th January 2018. Review the steps below to learn more about how the Fellowship works, eligibility requirements and the application process. Apply here.


  • Applicants must be enrolled into a full-time PhD program at a university in Africa. Applicants who are currently in their first year of a part-time PhD program and transferring to full-time positions are also welcome to apply.
  • Students should be early stage PhD students, i.e., should not have been into more than 1 year of their PhD. Applicants for the 2018 Fellowship must have started their program on or after 1 January 2017.
  • Students must remain enrolled in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a PhD in Computer Science or related areas.
  • Google employees and family members of Google employees are not eligible.
  • Students who are already receiving another corporate fellowship are not eligible. Grant of the fellowship to this category of applicants is contingent on them joining a full-time PhD program at a university in Africa within the calendar year of the award.
  • For current Undergraduate/Masters students and Professionals
  • Student applicants must be current full-time Undergraduate or Masters Students enrolled at an African university. Professionals must be employed/affiliated with an organization registered in Africa.
  • The Google Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering for the full-time PhD program of an African university, in Computer Science or related areas, within the calendar year 2018, or the award shall be forfeited.
  • Grant of the Google Fellowship does not mean admission to the PhD program of a university. The awardee must also complete the PhD admission process of the respective institute/university where he/she wishes to register for a PhD.
  • Grant of the Google Fellowship will be subject to the rules and guidelines applicable in the institute/university where the awardee registers for the PhD program.
  • Google employees and family members of Google employees are not eligible.
  • Applicants who are already receiving another corporate fellowship are not eligible.

What is required?

  • Gather the following documents:
  1. Applicant’s resume with links to publications (if available).
  2. One-page resume of the student’s PhD program advisor.
  3. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor’s degree to date.
  4. Research proposal (maximum two pages).
  5. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s work (at least one coming from the thesis adviser in case of current PhD students). If the recommendation writers want to send the letter separately, they can mail it directly to research-africa@google.com with the subject “Recommendation for [applicant-name]”.

Application process

General notes

  • Applications are accepted directly from students. There is no limit to the number of students who may apply from each university.
  • Applicant’s areas of research interest must be one of the areas listed at https://research.google.com/.
  • Awardees will be announced on the Google Research blog by mid-March 2018


  • Successful students receive named Fellowships, which include a $10,000 award per year over 3 years.
  • The funds are given directly to the university to be distributed to cover the student’s expenses and stipend as appropriate.
  • The funds are given as an unrestricted gift, and it is Google’s policy not to pay for overhead on unrestricted gifts.
  • In addition, the student will be matched with a Google Research Mentor who we hope will become a valuable resource to the student.
  • There is no employee relationship between the student and Google as a result of receiving the fellowship.
  • Fellowship recipients are not subject to intellectual property restrictions unless they complete an internship at Google.
  • Fellowship recipients serving an internship are subject to the same intellectual property and other contractual obligations as any other Google intern.
  • If a Fellowship student is interested, an internship at Google is encouraged, but not guaranteed or required.


For more information visit this link: https://research.google.com/researchoutreach.html#/research-outreach/africa/graduate-fellowships

Tailored opportunities: Post-doc Researchers in Economics and other Social Sciences


The Labour Market department’s research interests relate to both the supply (Intrahousehold allocation and specific groups such as migrants and cross-border workers) and demand (firm organisational practices) sides of the labour market. Also the ways supply and demand interact and are affected by public interventions are studied through the lenses of labour relations and through policy evaluation techniques. The department is multidisciplinary and makes use of theoretical and experimental, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The department Living Conditions studies the multiple dimensions of the lives of individuals and families, from early childhood to old age, through education, fertility and family formation, employment and retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion in an international perspective and evaluation of the impact of educational policy, family policy, health policy and social policy in general on living conditions is an integral part of the research agenda.

Spatial, economic and social dimensions of urbanization, interactions between daily and residential mobility, cross-border cooperation and integration, and land market, residential real estate prices and housing policy are the main topics addressed by the Urban Development and Mobility department.

LISER also hosts a data management unit and collects a wide range of survey data on households and individuals. LISER is collecting the national components of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, the Survey on Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Household Finance and Consumption Survey, exploitation of which is strongly encouraged for cross-national, comparative research.


LISER invites applications for several postdoctoral research positions in the broad thematic areas covered by the Institute

Our institute is searching talented candidates who are able to develop autonomously and in cooperation with other members and groups of the institute a promising research agenda in one of our three research departments:               

While we will consider applications relevant to all thematic areas of LISER, we are particularly interested this year in appointing post-doc research fellows in the domains of (ia) personnel and behavioural economics and (ib) labour economics, (ii) social protection and the welfare state, and in (iii) health and digital geographies. We will also consider applications related to the development of LISER’s research infrastructure and more specifically related to big data.

The position in personnel and behavioural economics (PDR-19-1a) will contribute to the reinforcement of the Labour Market department on the microeconomic analysis of organisations and employer-employee relationships, using survey data, lab and/or field experiments. Research experience on digitization  and on workforce diversity is an asset.

The position in labour economics (PDR-19-1b) is expected to contribute to the department’s research on the impact of public policies on the labour market, and more specifically on the microeconomic analysis of regional and international labour mobility. The ideal candidate has a solid background in economic theory and is able to build the bridge between theory and empirical analyses.

The position in social protection and the welfare state (PDR-19-2) is meant to strengthen the capacity of the Living Conditions department in evaluating the effect of public policies on social welfare and socio-economic inequality and in anticipating the challenges the welfare state will be confronted to in the context of a changing society. In particular, the candidate should be able to develop a research agenda on the evaluation of social security programs or to address topics on the future of social protection in the context of technological transformation (automation, robotisation, digitisation) and population change (migration).

The position within Urban Development and Mobility department is intended to strengthen the expertise of the team in urban/environmental health (PDR-19-3). One of the major challenges of metropolitan areas is to stimulate the development of healthy urban environments and use of new technologies, which allow people to live healthier, longer lives. The candidate should have experience in intervention studies and/or e-health. Another important challenge is the digital transformation of society and its consequences; for this topic, we are looking for a candidate studying the spatial dimensions of these transformations and/or smart cities.


Qualifications / What is required?

Applicants should possess an outstanding Master and PhD in economics, social or health sciences with a focus on labour market, social policy, economic geography, urban geography or health. The positions also require affinity with policy related questions and except for the UDM position profound knowledge in micro-econometric modelling. It is expected that the candidates engage in external project funding at national and international science foundations. We also expect excellent written and spoken proficiency in English (one additional foreign language like French or German is highly appreciated).


Application Process

Applicants should provide the following:

  1. letter of application;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. research agenda defining a specific area of research interest in line with LISER specificity;
  4. copy of diplomas;
  5. one job market paper;
  6. three reference letters. (please send the reference letters to recruitment@liser.lu)

Send applications via the following link: https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

Employment conditions

The candidates will be hired based on a contract for up to 5 years with a tenure track option. We offer highly competitive salaries and significant mobility and network funding.


The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

Except for the UDM position (PDR-19-3), interviews will be conducted at the SAEe meeting 2017 in Barcelona http://www.asesec.org/simposio/. As well as at the ASSA annual meeting in Philadelphia https://www.aeaweb.org/conference/.

LISER – Campus Belval – 11, porte des Sciences L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette – Luxembourg

for detailed information visit this link: https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs/detail/post-doc-researchers-in-economics-and-other-social-sciences-m-f-69


‘Mekelle University- The most research effective organization in Ethiopia’ Clarivate Analytics

A new analysis by Clarivate Analytics, based on the Web of science research database,  published in a report titled “Scientific Research in East Africa: Key Trends and Observation”has indicated that Mekelle University is the most research effective organization in Ethiopia. This is despite the fact that Mekelle University still lags behind Addis Ababa, Jimma and Gonder Universities in terms of the number of publications.Mu1

However, Mekelle University’s research papers are by far the most cited ones, with a big gap in the citation metrics between Mekelle University and the next most cited University. This indicates that, while Mekelle University still has to do more to increasing the publication output, the publications that are being produced by its researchers are inspiring more other research, or are of high standard and may be controversial, as is reflected in the higher instant of citation.Mu2

This is most probably  a result of the long time international research collaboration that Mekelle University is known for. As publications are produced by researchers from diverse and multi-national institutions, through collaborative international projects such as MU-IUC, NoRAD etc,  they will have better readability and influence thereby, increasing their chances of being cited. Moreover, international collaboration enabled Mekelle University’s researchers to tap in to international laboratory and other resources, resulting in a better quality research than those that would be done only by local researchers. I also believe that through its recent endeavors to improve the quality of publications, Mekelle University was able to make its researchers favor internationally recognized and thus better read journals, thereby contributing to the improved citation metrics.

Higher readability and citation does not, however, show all sides of research productivity. Unless high quality research is produced in larger amounts, and that published technologies are implemented and used in positively influencing real lives, productivity may still be limited. This implies that Mekelle University needs to increase its research output, while maintaining the laudable level of quality of the research that is being undertaken. Moreoever, Mekelle University, as a matter of fact, all other universities,  need to develop their own way of measurements and indices that evaluate how their researches are impacting actual lives.  To do this Mekelle University needs to work harder and better in the following areas

  1. Increase the number of international research collaborations
  2. Improve the status and conditions of research laboratories and other facilities
  3. Undertake tailored capacity building trainings targeting the improvement of publication and numbers
  4. Creating incentives and obligations for increased high quality research and publications through higher standard requirements for promotion and other merits
  5. Developing and recording new ways of measuring actual impact of research in the lives of actual communities

Tailored Opportunities: ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) 2018 Travel Grants Award Application

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ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) is offering a limited number of $575 travel grants to attend Plant Biology 2018, which will be held this year in Montréal, Canada from July 14-18, 2018. This program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting by providing travel funds for those in financial need. Increasing diversity among Plant Biology attendees is another primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply. US Residency is not a requirement to apply.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted electronically (online). Letters of recommendation can be uploaded directly to the application by the advisor and professional mentor via a link they will receive once the application is saved and finalized. Alternatively, a letter of recommendation can be sent to slee@aspb.org. Submission deadline for the application and both letters is Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Please request letters of recommendation with sufficient time so the writers can honor this firm deadline. The system will automatically send a request for a letter only once the applicant selects finalize on the application.

Applicants must submit for review:

  • an abstract of the research that they intend to submit for presentation at the annual meeting*
  • a paragraph expressing why attending Plant Biology 2018 would enhance their career
  • a primary advisor’s letter of recommendation that includes the level of funds available, if any, for applicant travel
  • a letter of recommendation from a professional mentor (other than the primary advisor)
  • letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the application via a custom link or sent to Sylvia Lee
  • a current resume or CV

Submission date?

Submission of an abstract as part of the Travel Grant application is a distinct process from submitting an abstract for presentation at Plant Biology 2018 and must be received by Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EDT). To have your work considered for presentation during a concurrent symposium at Plant Biology 2018, you must submit your abstract through the regular meeting abstract system by February 19, 2018.

Travel grant selection criteria will be based (in this order) on:

  • the science and the quality of the abstract
  • the statement about how attending the meeting will have an impact on the applicant’s career
  • the strength of the two letters of recommendation (see above for letter instructions to postdocs, faculty and professionals)
  • ethnic diversity

Applicants who are selected to receive a grant will be notified by email by Monday, January 22, 2018. Non-recipients will be notified shortly thereafter.

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Tailored opportunities: The Politics of Sustainability: Re-thinking resources, values and justice: Call for papers

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Organizing committee want to develop a more articulated analysis between discussions on sustainability – the on-going, problematic and highly uneven processes of extractivism, environmental change, migration, and social differentiation – and their consequences for social, environmental, and ecological justice.

Organizing committee also invite discussions on how alternatives are worked out in different contexts, networks and coalitions. For instance, what role do reporting mechanisms, indicators and measuring systems play in the politics of sustainability – whether linked to poverty, gender, or climate and environment?

The conference will serve as a platform to share research findings and experiences as well as to develop new ideas, strategies and tools for re-connecting and rebuilding our societies and re-defining the meanings and practices of “sustainability”. We invite proposals for sessions and workshops that examine broader global phenomena and driving forces, as well as on-the-ground realities of those who are most often and most severely impacted and subordinated, or indeed empowered, by resource flow dynamics.


Organizing committee welcome development scholars from a plurality of disciplines and critical theories (including feminist, indigenous, and political ecology approaches) as well as practitioners from a broad range of professional backgrounds to explore ways to engage in progressive politics of building bridges between actors, movements and societies at multiple levels and across global-local binaries.

Organizing committee also accept papers/presentations outside of the listed sessions, so if you have a paper/presentation to propose that does not necessarily fit into any of the listed sessions but that you feel is relevant to the conference nonetheless, then please send the above information to the conference organisers at the email address: FSDR2018@gmail.com


To propose a paper/presentation, please send an email to the chair of your chosen working group by the 30th of November 2017. In your email, please state the following:

Your name, affiliation, and email address, the proposed title of your talk, an abstract of max. 300 words, and a note about the proposed format of your contribution (ppt/video/demonstration/other).


20 October 2017           Deadline for Proposals for Working Groups

31 October 2017           Call for Paper/presentation abstracts

30 November 2017      Deadline for Paper/presentation abstracts

15 December 2017        Notification of accepted Paper abstracts (by WG chairs)

15 Dec 2017 – 12 Feb 2018   Registration for the conference open

14 February 2018         Pre-conference workshop for Master’s and PhD students

15-16 February 2018   Development Days Conference

Venue and time of the conference?

February 15th-16th, 2018, House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteidentalo), Helsinki, Finland

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Tailored Opportunities: Junior Researcher at EFI Headquarters, Joensuu, Finland

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EFI is seeking a dynamic Junior Researcher to join its Bioeconomy Programme at EFI Headquarters in Joensuu, Finland.

The responsibility of the Junior Researcher

Forbio Project: Sustainable, climate-neutral and resource-efficient forest-based bioeconomy.

  • Support characterization of value chains of new wood-based products in the EU and their implications on industry structure and sustainability
  • Facilitate planning and implementing a backcasting study on preferable future development of Finnish forest-based bioeconomy

Tech4Effect Project:  Knowledge and Technologies for Effective wood procurement

  • Build forest operation value chains in ToSIA tool (Tool for Sustainable Impact Assessment) according to instructions
  • Collect data on economic, environmental and social indicators, and on wood material flows

Qualifications of the candidate?

  • MSc in forest sciences or related discipline, preferably with a focus on economics and markets, and/or forest value chains and impact assessments.
  • Enthusiasm and capacity to learn new skills and gather information around research topics of bioeconomy, value chains, traditional and new wood-based material flows are a prerequisite.
  • Demonstrable interest in science-policy-practice interaction related to forest-based (circular) bioeconomy, cascade use and all pillars of sustainability.
  • Knowledge and understanding of forest-based industry structure and wood product markets are benefitial.
  • Knowledge on available decision support tools that can guide forest value decision making and scenario assessment is an asset, interest in collecting experiences through surveys on how such tools are used in practice.
  • Plans for/or ongoing PhD studies related to the topic of bioeconomy and (new) wood based value chains is supported by EFI.
  • Prior experience of ToSIA is a strong asset.
  • International experience, e.g demonstrated by internships, studies abroad and/or international courses, international work experience is a plus.
  • Interest to generate both new research findings and recommendations for decision makers in practice.
  • Experience in science communication or peer-reviewed publication is beneficial.
  • Excellent spoken and written skills in English are essential. Knowledge of Finnish is an advantage.

Work place?

EFI headquarters, Joensuu, Finland

Employment Conditions?

The employee will be an EFI staff member. A fixed term appointment of one year with the possibility for an extension. The position can start from 1st January 2018.


Interested candidates are requested to send a CV with a cover letter by 5 pm (CET) on Thursday 30th November 2017, using the online application form. If you are not able to apply online, please send your application to efi.hr @ efi.int.

For more information about the post, please contact Diana Tuomasjukka, Principal Scientist – Sustainable Bioeconomy Team: diana.tuomasjukka @ efi.int or Jo van Brusselen, Principal Scientist – Bioeconomy Markets Team: jo.vanbrusselen @ efi.int.

Please note that only candidates that have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

For detailed information, visit this link: http://www.efi.int/portal/careers/open_jobs/?bid=2955

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Tailored Opportunities: Call for applications for the Mäler Scholarship in Environmental Economics

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The scholarship allows researchers to spend up to 6 months at the institute developing new projects in collaboration with Beijer researchers.  The institute is based at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden and has a small staff of researchers who work on a variety of ecological-economics issues. The Beijer Institute’s major objectives are to carry out research and stimulate cooperation to promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development.


We welcome candidates who can collaborate on research relevant to at least one of the Institute’s in-house researchers and that can be applied to their home country. Methods and topics of interest include for example: quasi experimental research designs to study causal impacts of policies or economic activities on the environment; and experimental approaches to study human behavior in relation to environmental change or use of natural resources.

It is intended for early-career researchers in environmental economics from developing regions of the world who already have a PhD or are currently enrolled in a PhD program and will finish within 1-2 years.  Preference is given to researchers affiliated with four regional environmental economics networks—CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, and SANDEE—and the EfD centers.

How to apply

The Scholarship is primarily intended for researchers from the Regional Networks in Environmental Economics, CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, SANDEE, who have already successfully completed a network-funded project or who are in the process of developing a paper from their project.


The institute is now accepting applications from researchers who are interested in spending up to 6 months at the institute in 2018 or 2019 during the periods January– June or August – December.  Applicants should e-mail a document containing the following information to Christina Leijonhufvud (Beijer administrator: chris@beijer.kva.se) by December 13, 2017

For detailed information about the call please visit this link http://www.beijer.kva.se/Material/Filer/M%C3%A4ler%20Scholarship%202018%20and%202019%20Call%20for%20Applications.pdf