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

Tailored Opportunities: Internship for New Graduates in Ethiopia

What?

In Ethiopia GIZ has been implementing development programmes on behalf of the German government for over 40 years jointly with our national partners. The focus of our work in the country is on vocational education, sustainable use of natural resources, land management and food security, biodiversity and forestry. Further programmes enhance the development of a sustainable textile sector and renewable energies.

 The Textile Centre of Excellence develoPPP (CoE) and Special Initiative Jobs (SI Jobs) are looking to recruit three interns to join an internship programme as per the detail below

Who?

The applicant should satisfy the following criteria 

  • Bachelor Degree is desirable in either Business Management, Political Studies, Law, Communication studies, or has a textile related training;
  • Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English is a plus;
  • Computer literacy is a plus;  
  • Has an eye for detail;
  • High degree of initiative, efficiency, integrity and accountability;
  • High interest in self-development, intellectual curiosity and has the capacity of thinking outside the box;
  • Ability to work alone as well as in a team.

When? The application deadline is 19 December 2019

How?

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Ethiojobs or Email: hreth@giz.de

For more information, please visit this link: Here

Tailored opportunities: PhD Studentship: Global River Networks Based on Remote Sensing Imagery and Hydrodynamic Modelling at the Loughborough University

What?

Precise delineation of river networks is important for flood modelling and risk management, water resource management, and many other applications. Traditionally, approaches based on digital elevation models (DEMs) are usually used to extract river networks. However, DEM-based methods are not able to physically depict flow directions and differentiate between the perennial and intermittent flows, leading to inaccurate extraction of river networks. Having the advantage of continuous global coverage at high temporal and spatial resolution, satellite imagery can be used to monitor hydrological changes over space and time, and provides an alternative means for delineation of river networks. However, satellite imagery extracts channelized elements from local morphologies without considering overall hydrological connectivity, which may create broken and inconsistent river segments.

To effectively address the challenges of the existing approaches, this PhD project aims to integrate DEM-based methods with satellite imagery to develop a new generation of algorithm to delineate high-precision and connected river networks at the global scale. The new river network extraction algorithm will take advantages of the latest high-performance hydrodynamic modelling, cloud-computing and machine learning technologies to produce a new global river network product to support different geoscience applications, creating substantial academic and practical impact.

Who?

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Engineering (e.g. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering), Geography or Earth Science. A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

When?

Deadline for application is 10th January 2020

How?

To apply:

Please quote CENTA20-LU7 when completing your online application.

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (http://www.centa.org.uk/) or contact Prof. Qiuhua Liang (Q.Liang@lboro.ac.uk) or Dr Huili Chen (H.Chen2@lboro.ac.uk).

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Tailored opportunities: PhD studentship in Site Specific Fertilisation at the University of Ghent, Belgium

What?

A fully funded PhD scholarship titled Site Specific Fertilisation in EU and China is available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (Precision SCoRing), within the Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. We are looking for a top MSc student, to work as a PhD candidate under a recently funded project by the EC under H2020 program, Call Number SFS-38-2018-2020: Sino-EU Soil Observatory for Intelligent Land Use Management (SIEUSOIL) – https://www.sieusoil.eu/. The aim of the project is to introduce and validate a holistic approach for land use and soil management for different crops and climate conditions across EU and China, aiming at minimizing the mining of soil nutrient reserves and the alteration of soil physical and chemical properties for stronger resistance to land degradation, including soil erosion, salinization, acidification, among others. The specific aim of the PhD project is to use advanced proximal soil sensing techniques for site specific fertilization of N, P, K and manure application towards maximized yield and minimized input fertilization cost and environmental footprint. We are looking for top students with a MSc degree obtained between September 2019 and not earlier than September 2016.

Who?

The candidate should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have a MSc degree in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering and/or Soil Sciences. 
  • Should have knowledge in the use of basic software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, R, ArcGIS, C++…..
  • Should have basic knowledge in the use of optical techniques (e.g., vis-NIR, MIR, or XRF spectrometry), multivariate statistics, machine learning, and GIS. 
  • Good contextual understanding of agricultural-environmental interface, and soil-crop relationship. 
  • Should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports. 
  • Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems. 
  • Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.

When?

Last application date Dec 15, 2019 15:48

How?

Applications should be submitted by not latter that 15th December, 2019, enclosing the following documents: 

  • Cover letter outlining your motivation, research and teaching experience.
  • Detailed CV and publication record.
  • Your MSc degree or an interim document if you are still finishing your MSc.
  • A verified transcript of your MSc and BSc degrees.
  • Two reference letters from academic members.

Applications need to be submitted via email with subject ‘PhD in site specific fertilisation’ to project promoter Prof. Abdul Mouazen (E-mail: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be).

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Tailored opportunities: Fully-funded PhD Scholarships 2020/2021 for International Students at University of Zurich

What?

The UBS Center Scholarship are full scholarships awarded every year to outstanding university graduates to enable them to take up their doctoral studies at the Zurich Graduate School of Economics, run by the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. Furthermore, by funding new endowed chairs at the Department of Economics, the UBS Center will create additional doctoral positions for talented young researchers beyond the scholarship scheme. This will ensure that the Zurich Graduate School of Economics achieves a critical mass of top young talent to create a leading international graduate school with an attractive research environment.

Who?

Scholarships are open to graduates from around the world, they are awarded to candidates on the grounds of outstanding academic merit, and continuing support will be subject to satisfactory completion of course work. While preference may be given to students whose research plans include areas of interest of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society, applications from all areas are welcomed.

Admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics is a pre-condition for being considered for a UBS Center Scholarship.

When?

Application Deadline: 15th January, 2020 for entry in September 2020

How?

Applicants need to apply for admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics here and they should indicate that they are applying for a UBS Center Scholarship.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD Student in Food Technology, Safety and Health at Ghent University

What?

For the research project ‘Food Nutrition Security Cloud ’ starting from 1st of January 2020 we are looking for an active, critical and competent Ph.D student with a strong affinity total diet studies in chemical food safety for a time period of 6 months Project FNS Cloud : FNS Cloud is a 4-years running project, funded by Horizon2020 European Commission. FNS-Cloud will overcome fragmentation problems by integrating existing FNS data, which is essential for highend, pan-European FNS (=food nutrition security) research, addressing FNS, diet, health, and consumer behaviours as well as on sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy. Current fragmented FNS resources not only result in knowledge gaps that inhibit public health and agricultural policy, and the food industry from developing effective solutions, making production sustainable and consumption healthier, but also do not enable exploitation of FNS knowledge for the benefit of European citizens. FNS-Cloud will, through three Demonstrators; Agri-Food, Nutrition & Lifestyle and NCDs & the Microbiome to facilitate: (1) Analyses of regional and country-specific differences in diet including nutrition, (epi)genetics, microbiota, consumer behaviours, culture and lifestyle and their effects on health (obesity, NCDs, ethnic and traditional foods), which are essential for public health and agri-food and health policies; (2) Improved understanding agricultural differences within Europe and what these means in terms of creating a sustainable, resilient food systems for healthy diets; and (3) Clear definitions of boundaries and how these affect the compositions of foods and consumer choices and, ultimately, personal and public health in the future.

Who?

Profile: recently graduated Master in Chemistry / Food Technology / Food Science / Pharmaceutical sciences – with high affinity for scientific research in chemical risk assessment and total diet studies in food safety

When?

Last application date Dec 02, 2019 12:02

How?

To apply Please contact Prof. Liesbeth Jacxsens (liesbeth.jacxsens@ugent.be) – CV and motivation letter to send over to liesbeth.jacxsens@ugent.be

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Tailored opportunities: Two PhD student positions in Long-Term Forest Dynamics at ETH Zurich

What?

We seek to appoint two PhD students to conduct research on aboveground-belowground interactions in managed forests and to provide projections of their future dynamics.

PhD Student A will focus on the formulation of bioclimatic influences on forest dynamics, alternative formulations of soil water dynamics and particularly the representation of drought effects on tree establishment, growth and competition; also, the possible direct effects of soil moisture and drought trajectories on mortality will be investigated. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

PhD Student B will focus on a new soil carbon and nutrient turnover model that will be adapted based on existing models from the literature, to be complemented by novel components to rectify deficiencies of existing approaches in long-term applications, including weathering and erosion. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems at ETH and international partners.

Who?

Required qualifications comprise an MSc degree in forest sciences, environmental sciences, ecology, forestry, landscape ecology, or a related field, with good knowledge of forest ecology and soil science. Experience with the development, testing and application of dynamic models at the stand or landscape scale is a strong asset for both positions. Knowledge of the R software and of the C family of programming languages (C++, C#) is an asset as well. Knowledge of European forest ecosystems is highly welcome. Finally, candidates should have at least basic skills in statistics

When?

The screening of applications will start on 1 January 2020, and applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

How?

For more information on the Forest Ecology Group, check its website (www.fe.ethz.ch) or contact the group leader, Prof Harald Bugmann (email: harald.bugmann@usys.ethz.ch).

To apply for this position (in English or German), submit a letter (1-2 pages) explaining your interests, your CV, diploma transcripts (BSc/MSc) from which the grades are evident, and the names and addresses (including email) of three reference persons. Applications must be submitted using the online tool, not by e-mail.