Tailored Opportunities: Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2020

What?

CIFOR-ICRAF is committed in developing a diverse and strong pool of research scientists, both for strengthening our institutions and for the increasing needs of the world. The Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme is offering four Post-doc positions to female scientists in various fields of research study. Female Post-doc Fellows will be assigned a senior scientific supervisor and be a member of one or more Themes/Teams or Regions/Hubs at CIFOR-ICRAF. The Post-doc Fellows will be expected to undertake an approved research study which will include publishing of their results and presentation at international fora.

Who?

Female postgraduates are expected to hold a Doctoral degree in a field related to agriculture, agroforestry, forestry and fields related to sustainable land management. Preference will be given to applicants below the age of forty-five years and those from developing and/or investor countries.

When?

 The deadline of this application is 28 February 2020

How?

 Go to http://worldagroforestry.org/working-for-icraf/vacancies

CV, Cover Letter and application form should be in PDF and Labelled with the applicants First and Second Names. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting requirements will be contacted.

Benefits?

The request from the programme for each Fellow should cover salary, benefits, transport, computing needs, publishing, office needs and travel expenses.

For more information, please visit this link: https://www.cifor.org/career/2004/female-postdoctoral-research-fellowships-2020/

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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