Tailored opportunities: PhD candidate in hydrological modeling at Wageningen University, the Netherlands

What?

A PhD candidate Hydrological modelling to successfully carry out the PhD project “Quantifying the Human Factor in Hydrological Predictions”. Hydrological models are indispensable tools to support decision making. Models are, however, not completely objective. Modellers make many decisions, both conscious and unconscious, during the selection and configuration of a hydrological model, that will eventually influence the model results. In this project, the impact of modelling decisions will be investigated and quantified, using modular modelling frameworks. 

Who?

A completed MSc in hydrology, atmospheric sciences, (environmental) physics, (civil) engineering or related fields and affinity with working with models and large data sets. Strong quantitative (programming) and communication skills (written and oral) are a prerequisite, as well as affinity with teaching and working with (BSc and MSc) students.

When?

Deadline for application is November 3, 2019.

How?

Apply online here.

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Tailored opportunities: ILLUMINATE: The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows – Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University, UK

What?

Our Illuminate: The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme, is an opportunity for exceptional and ambitious early-career researchers to join Queen’s to focus on achieving research excellence that aligns to our strategic vision. As a Russell Group University, Queen’s has a reputation for delivering world-class research.

Successful Fellows will join a strong and talented team of researchers on a five-year scheme with a guaranteed career pathway to a Senior Lecturer or Reader post. Fellows will benefit from membership of a dedicated Fellowship Academy, designed to provide appropriate development support in order to nurture researchers with outstanding potential, which includes a Fellows Network and a bespoke mentoring programme. 

This scheme recognises the importance that we place in our people at Queen’s. It is our People First promise to attract the best talent into our team and to provide a positive working environment.

In order to build upon our existing areas of world-leading research, we aim to align our Fellows with the research areas in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are seeking applications from candidates whose research profile is aligned to our current areas of research strength, in particular Creative Industries, Policy Engaged Research and Internationalisation.

You will be required to demonstrate how your current research is aligned to one or more of our research areas. You will also have a relevant degree with a PhD (or equivalent), 2-8 years’ post-PhD experience and a high-quality publication record.

Who?

  • A completed PhD in a relevant subject
  • 2 – 8 years’ post-PhD experience
  • A high quality publication record
  • A research profile and plan which is aligned to an existing research strength at Queen’s

When?

Closing date: 31 January 2020

How?

To apply you will be required to submit a CV and covering letter which clearly states your research interests and the proposed work during the Fellowship. We also welcome a description of how you fit within the School, and what contribution you would make to the research environment.

Applications for the scheme can be submitted at anytime and will be reviewed three times a year, please note that for consideration applications must be received 24-hours before the scheduled dates below:

Review and shortlist are 28 June 2019, 30 September 2019 and 31 January 2020, interviews will take place shortly after this date. For any queries, please contact Roisin Moss.

The Faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences are seeking applications from candidates whose research profile is aligned to current areas of research strength at Queen’s. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have a research focus in the following areas: Creative Industries, Policy Engaged Research and Internationalisation of research. Find out more about the Faculties and their research priorities from the links below.

The Scheme is an inclusive one and applications are welcomed and encouraged from candidates with diverse career paths and backgrounds, including those returning from a career break, family leave or working outside a research environment.

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Tailored opportunities: International Climate Protection Fellowships

What?

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s fellowship program allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on research-based project on their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from non-European transition or developing country and are active in any of the following areas: Scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change. Up to 20 fellowships will be granted, funded under the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative.     

Who?

This fellowship is for young climate experts from transition and developing counties who are interested in conducting a project in Germany. The applicant should Bachelor’s or equivalent University degree completed in less than 12 years ago. Extensive theme-related work experience or a successfully completed in the field of climate protection. Mentoring agreement signed by a host in Germany. Clearly visible leadership potential.   

When?

The application deadline is 1 March 2020 and the fellowship will start on 1 March 2021.

How?

Applications can only be submitted online. The completed application form, including the necessary additional documents, must be submitted not later than 1 March 2020.

Visit the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website for further information on the online application process and all necessary documents as well as access to the online application system. A confirmation of receipt will be issued immediately after the application has been submitted.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD Position on Exploring Linkages between Climate Change, Conflict and Food Security in a Pastoral Context at the University of Greenwich, UK

What?

Project Description: The potential link between climate change and increased conflict, especially in dryland and pastoral regions of Africa, has been a much-discussed topic in research, political and mass media discourses. Mirzabaev et al. (2019, IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land) highlight contradictions between different quantitative studies that attempt to show causal connection, favourably assess studies that focus on non-climate factors such as marginalisation of pastoralists, corruption and rent-seeking, and overall ascribe low confidence to climate change and desertification leading to conflicts, and only “medium evidence and low agreement” for climate change and desertification contributing to existing conflict potential. In the face of these uncertainties, we wish to support a PhD research project that is explicitly qualitative, and which explores in depth a single case-study of a region in Africa currently or recently prone to local-level conflicts, so as to draw out causal relationships. The study will focus on the perceptions and interpretations of pastoralists (and their neighbours) of the multiple potential causal linkages between climate variability, conflict of various levels of intensity, and non-climate factors such as the strength of local institutions, national political trends, and shifts in livestock prices and geographical patterns of livestock trade. One of the objectives of the research will be to explore methodologies for investigating such potential linkages, these may include visualisations such as participatory risk mapping, resource mapping and timelines, as well as collection of individual and collective narratives, which could be collated through qualitative database software or more innovative programs. Methodologically, climate change and conflict would not be privileged in advance, but investigated as features of a broader “threat landscape”

Who?

Criteria: E or D Education and Training: • 1st Class or 2nd class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours Degree or a taught Master’s degree with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant area to the proposed research project • For those whose first language is not English and/or if from a country where English is not the majority spoken language (as recognised by the UKBA), a language proficiency score of at least IELTS 6.5 (in all elements of the test) or an equivalent UK VISA and Immigration secure English Language Test is required, unless the degree above was taught in English and obtained in a majority English speaking country, e.g. UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc, as recognised by the UKBA.

Experience & Skills: • Previous experience of undertaking research (e.g. undergraduate or taught masters dissertation) • Understanding and experience of qualitative research methods in the social sciences • Knowledge of development issues in dryland regions of Africa • High level of practical and logistical ability to plan and implement independent research in challenging areas of developing countries • Fluency in the language spoken in the candidate’s chosen case-study area

Personal Attributes: • Understands the fundamental differences between a taught degree and a research degree in terms of approach and personal discipline/motivation • Able to, under guidance, complete independent work successfully • Personal resilience and good cross-cultural communication skills E Other Requirements: •

When?

Midnight UTC on 10th November 2019

How?

Making an application: Please read this information before making an application. Information on the application process is available here . Applications need to be made online via this link. No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered. • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref)– included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying • a CV including 2 referees * • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency * *upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments must be a PDF format. Before submitting your applica

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