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.

Tailored Opportunities: Call for PhD Visiting Fellowship 2020 in Aalborg University, Denmark.

what?

AfricaLics – the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems is looking for suitable PhD student candidates from universities in African countries to participate in the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Programme focused on Innovation and Development. The programme allows successful candidates a study period of five month based at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, Aalborg University, Denmark.

The aim of the visiting fellowship programme and the scholarships is to help African PhD students working in the field of Innovation and Development to strengthen their academic/research qualifications; improve quality of their dissertations and prepare for a career in innovation and development either within academia or outside (e.g. in the private sector or in government/policy making). A maximum of five visiting scholarships are available for 2019.

Who?

Applicants must be enrolled as PhD students at African universities and must have completed their first year of PhD studies by July 2020. The visiting scholarship is complementary to the studies of the PhD students and applicants must already have secured basic funding for their PhD studies from other sources (e.g. African governments, other organisations, self-financing).

When?

The deadline of this application is 12 December 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by 1st February 2020, following which they will be required to confirm their interest (sign study agreement form) and apply for residence and work permit in Denmark

How?

Please use the application form when you submit your application. You can download the form through this link Applications with all relevant attachments should be forwarded to visitingphd@africalics.org by 12th December 2019 (COB). Applications not fulfilling the requirements above will not be considered, so please forward any questions you may have to visitingphd@africalics.org and you will be assisted

Benefits?

The visiting scholars will receive a stipend of 16,000 DKK per month (equivalent to app. 2140 USD as per September 2020). This includes funds for accommodation. Tax exemption has to be applied for after the candidates arrive and cannot be guaranteed, so it is advisable to bring extra funds for the first two months of the visiting fellowship