Tailored opportunities: PhD scholarship in Quantifying Ecosystems Services of Forest Fragments at Western Sydney University, Australia

What?

We seek a numerically skilled PhD student to participate in the project by conducting original research on relevant topics of mutual interest, with particular emphasis on ecosystem analysis to support modelling of carbon sequestration and energy balance using a range of ground-based and airborne sensors and instruments. The Institute offers field, controlledenvironment and laboratory facilities on the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University. HIE manages the Cumberland Plains SuperSite and eddy covariance flux towers within the Australian Supersite Network and Ozflux facilities of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and the EucFACE elevated CO2 climate change facility in mature native woodland. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with hyperspectral and LiDAR payloads for high-resolution mapping of canopy structure, function and health are available for the project. Additional laboratory equipment for environmental science investigations includes two laser-based greenhouse gas analysers (for CO2 , CH4 and their isotopes), a tunable diode laser for isotopes of CO2 , numerous infrared gas analysers, gas chromatographs, elemental analysers and flow-injection analyzers.

Who?

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to the project topic. The successful applicant should:
– hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian Bachelor Honours degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least a 25% research component, (iii) a Research Masters degree or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
– demonstrate excellent academic performance related to the proposed research.
– have proven skills in quantitative techniques such as statistical or numerical modelling, computer programming, and/or analysis of large data sets.
– possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
– be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
– international applicants must also meet English language proficiency https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/international/home/apply/admissions/entry_requirements

When?

Deadline for application October 31, 2019

How?

How to apply

– Contact Professor Elise Pendall e.pendall@westernsydney.edu.au to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.
– Complete the application form via the link http:// bit.ly/2o37NTi
– Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.
– Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements (https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/applying_to_study/certifying_documents)
– All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:
– Use the email subject line: Application_2020_023_HIE
– Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
– International applicants must also meet English language proficiency

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Tailored opportunity: Three month summer 2020 Science Communication Fellowship at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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?

Eligibility

  • 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 priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries.

When?

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: PhD student in Semitic languages, with focus on Semitic linguistics at Uppsala University

What?

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

Research and teaching at the Department of linguistics and philology covers approx. twenty different languages and linguistic subjects as well as computational linguistics. These include Ancient Greek and Latin, Hindi, Swahili, Chinese, and many of the important languages and cultures in the Middle East. Comparative Indo-European linguistics and general linguistics are also part of the department.

Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.

Who?

To qualify, a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Semitic languages or equivalent. The candidate is expected to have competence in those languages required for reading secondary literature of relevance to the proposed research project.

When?

Last application date: 24 October 2019

How?

Applications should include:

  • covering letter
  • research plan of 3-5 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • copies of degree certificates
  • Master’s thesis and other academic work
  • any other documents that the applicant wishes to submit

Interviews may be used in the selection process.

The application should be written in Swedish or in English.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD student in Forest Ecology and Modeling at the University of Regensburg, German

What?

The goal of the PhD project is to better understand and predict demographic processes (growth, mortality, recruitment) in temperate forests. To that end, you will apply statistical and simulation models, and calibrate these models using Bayesian methods and large forest datasets. The position is l cated in the junior research group BayForDemo funded by t he Bavarian network for climate research Bayklif.

Who?

Requirements

  • a university degree that qualifies for a PhD program in Regensburg (MSc or equivalent)
  • either a background in ecology or a related discipline, and an interest in statistical and computational methods; or a background in statistics, mathematics or physics, and an interest to apply quantitative methods in an ecological context
  • good knowledge of statistics and R, ideally also in a general programming language (e.g.C++/Python)
  • experience with handling large data volumes
  • demonstrated ability to independently develop scientific theory
  • team orientation and motivation to advance ecological theory about forest demography
  • excellent knowledge of English and writing skills

When?

Deadline for application is 11 November 2019

How?

Please send your application, consisting of a motivation letter, CV and contact details of at least 2 academic references electronically in one pdf file before 11. November 2019 to lisa.huelsmann@ur.de. Please direct possible questions to the same person. You can also send application to lisa.huelsmann@biologie.uni-regensburg.de .

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Ruminant nutrition at the Hansen Ruminant Nutrition Lab, Iowa State University

What?

The Hansen Ruminant Nutrition Lab is seeking an independent and driven individual to join our team as a Ph.D. graduate assistant starting in August 2020. The student will have the opportunity to contribute to the design of their research program within the current interests in our laboratory. Current research interests include vitamin and trace mineral roles in beef cattle growth and health, as well as improved understanding of growth promoting technologies. A minimum stipend of $24,500/year is guaranteed and Ph.D. students receive a full-tuition scholarship. Additional recruitment funding may be available but is not guaranteed. The Hansen team currently consists of 5 graduate students, post-doc, research coordinator, a lab manager and a host of undergraduate student researchers. We are an active and productive lab, seeking to produce talented and independent scientists ready to tackle any career in ruminant nutrition.

Who?

Applicants will be required to have completed an M.S. in Animal Science, Nutrition or a closely related field by August 2020.

When?

As soon as possible

How?

For more information, or to apply for consideration, please send a CV (including current GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for 2 professional references) and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and qualifications to Dr. Stephanie Hansen via slhansen@iastate.edu

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Tailored opportunities: Masters program in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA)

What?

The AFEPA programme is jointly organized by four European main partner universities and four associated partners. These eight partner universities are recognized world-wide for the quality of their educational programme and scientific achievements. You can find out more about the partners here. Details on the academic structure of the programme can be found here.

Who?

To be admitted to the ERASMUS Mundus Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis candidates need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent academic degree of minimum three years of undergraduate study corresponding to 180 ECTS credits with a grade of at least an overall average “B” or equivalent grade. Students in their final year of their Bachelor’s degree may be provisionally admitted in the AFEPA Master’s programme on the condition that their Bachelor’s degree is awarded prior to enrollment in the programme.
  • minimum of 24 ECTS credits in economics – including microeconomics, management, mathematics, and statistics. An additional introduction to agricultural, environmental or food sciences is recommended. Please make sure that your official bachelor’s transcript either shows credit points according to the ECTS credit point system or else attach a diploma supplement that explains the credit point system of your university.

When?

The application platform is open between October 15th, 2019 and January 31st, 2020. Find out more about AFEPA and check the admission criteria to see if it is the right programme for you. Scholarships for students and scholars are available from the prestigious Erasmus Mundus study programme of the European Commission.

How?

Include the following in your applicaion

  • Letter of Motivation (no more than 300 words)
  • Reference Letters:
    Applicants will be asked to provide two referees in their application form and those two references will then be contacted in order to upload a reference letter for an applicant directly onto the platform. Applicants must therefore make their potential referees aware about the fact that they will be contacted directly by the AFEPA application platform.
  • English proficiency test results (not older than two years):
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 90 on the Internet-based Test (IBT), with a minimum of 20 on the written part.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): an overall band IELTS score of at least 6.5, and no section below 5.5.
    • A test deemed equivalent by the AFEPA Management Board (if you want to submit test results other than from the TOEFL or IELTS tests please obtain our confirmation of that particular test prior to sending your application package).
    • Note: Applicants from English speaking countries must provide an official letter from their university from which they graduated attesting that English is the media of instruction. It is upon the consortium’s decision whether an English Test as described above must be submitted additionally.

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