Tailored opportunities: Researcher position in Dryland studies at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK.


The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. We are based in London and work on five continents with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them. With more than 100 members of staff working with associates and partners around the world, IIED has been at the forefront of evidence-based policymaking in sustainable development for nearly 50 years.

The Climate Change Group of IIED, in conjunction with partners, seeks to secure an equitable deal for the poorest communities in developing countries who are exposed to increasingly severe and unpredictable weather events that can devastate communities, destroy livelihoods and exacerbate poverty. IIED emphasizes capacity strengthening through collaborative research with individuals and organizations in the South.

This role is based in the Climate Change Group’s Climate Resilience, Productivity and Equity in the Drylands Team.  The primary functions of the post holder will, under the guidance of more senior researchers, include contributing to the development of research themes related to climate finance, adaptation and resilience.   You will manage working relationships with existing DCF partners in Kenya, mainland Tanzania, Mali and Senegal.


To succeed in this role, you must have a master’s qualification in development studies or related field.  Your knowledge will include excellent understanding of issues and concepts relating to climate change, adaptation and resilience; the dynamics of dryland economies, societies and ecologies and their adaptation challenges and opportunities.

The role involves travel totalling approximately 3 months over the year, so willingness and ability to do so is important.

You will have substantial professional experience of working in multi-country programmes or projects and of collaborative working with partner n areas where climate finance is delivered.  As such, your communication and interpersonal skills will be second to none as are your skills in quantitative data analysis and methods.

For further information about the requirements of the role and to how to make an application please go to www.iied.org/jobs.


Closing date for application: 17:00 hours, Monday 26th August

Interviews: 12th September


Applications are welcome from all applicants who meet the experience, knowledge and skills requirements outlined in the job description.

For more information please see the job description.


Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible as should we receive a high number of responses we may close the position sooner than the given deadline.

IIED aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all areas of the community.

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Another Great Achievement: A team of Researchers at Mekelle University got a grant fund of £5,000 (Five Thousand Pounds) from feminist review Trust Fund.

Team of researchers from Institute of Gender, Environment and Development was awarded £5,000 for a research proposal entitled “Challenging Sexual Harassment in Workplace: The Case of Mekelle University.” I am proud of my sisters (Tsigereda and Selam) and my brother (Desta) for responding this call.

I am also proud of my sister (Dr. Kahssa, the Director of the Institute) for sharing the call for proposal (that I sent to her). The moment she realized that it was not possible for her to respond the call because of her busy schedule. She decided to share it with her staff members and they applied and got the award. Therefore, she is proud of her staff and her staff make her proud.

One of the criteria set in the call was that the probability of willing the call is 1-2 percent. “If you tell your mind that you will do it”, then everything is possible and that is what has happened now. This is the end of the beginning, there will be a lot to come. Dear winners please keep on this momentum, the future is bright for you. If you work hard and systematic it will always pay off.

Tailored opportunities: Two PhD Positions in Responsibility arrangements in resilience policy for climate adaptation at Delft University of Technology,


PhD-project 1: Responsibility arrangements and social justice

Resilience policy is often said to involve new responsibility arrangements between central government, local actors, and citizens, but it is not clear how responsibility should be conceptualized and what different types of responsibilities we should distinguish in order to fully capture all the relevant tasks and roles in these new arrangements. The aim of this PhD-project is twofold. The first aim is to develop a taxonomy of different types of responsibility in resilience policy. The second aim is to investigate the ethical justifiability of different responsibility arrangements in terms of social justice. 

PhD-project 2: Agent-based modelling of responsibility arrangements 

This PhD-project will create an agent-based model to simulate different responsibility arrangements. It will investigate what the different resilience arrangements expect from citizens and what citizens need to act accordingly, e.g. in terms of resources and information, but also in terms of community characteristics, such as cohesion, familiarity with other community members. The main aim of this project is to study the effectiveness of empirically traced responsibility arrangements under different conditions. Additionally, this project will identify patterns of responsibility arrangements that score high on both social justice and effectiveness.

Both projects involve empirical as well as philosophical investigations into the phenomena of resilience and responsibility.


For the first PhD-position, we are looking for someone with a background in applied ethics/political philosophy, preferably complemented with a relevant empirical background, for example urban planning or geography. 

For the second PhD-position, we are looking for someone with strong conceptual skills, for example through a background in philosophy or artificial intelligence, and experience in agent-based modelling or a willingness to acquire agent-based modelling skills. 


Deadline for application 17 September 2019


To apply, please send a motivation letter, a CV, a two-page proposal describing how you would undertake the research project, and a writing example (for example, your master thesis or an excerpt thereof). Since the two PhD-projects have mutual dependencies, we encourage you to include some ideas on how you plan to collaborate with the other PhD-candidate. 

Applications should be sent by 17 September 2019 to vacature-tbm@tudelft.nl. Intended starting date is 1 January 2020. 

When applying for these positions, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 19.015. Clearly indicate for which of the two positions apply. If you apply for both positions, we also would like to receive two separate proposals on how you would like to undertake the respective projects. 

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Tailored opportunities: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Nitrogen Use Efficiency at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center , Mexico


The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit agricultural research for development organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information: www.cimmyt.org.

CIMMYT is looking for an innovative, academically excellent candidate to join our Global Wheat Research team as PDF – Nitrogen Use Efficiency to contribute to more efficient nitrogen use in wheat based farming systems.

The successful candidate will play a key role in shaping CIMMYT to design a forward-looking research agenda regarding nitrogen management in cereal-based systems.

The position is based at CIMMYT’s campus in Texcoco, State of Mexico, located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico.


Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • PhD in Agronomy or related field.
  • Experience in developing and applying quantitative lab and field methods for nitrogen dynamics in plant and soil.
  • Experience with in-vivo BNI performance assessment is a plus.
  • Competence in analytical methods for agricultural research.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in innovation and to work collegially and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Achievement Orientation, Proactivity, Strategic Thinking, Multicultural Awareness/Sensitivity and Team work.


This position will remain open until filled.


Candidates must apply online to IRS19133_PDF Nitrogen Use Efficiency. Screening and follow up will begin on Thursday, August 29, 2019.  Applications must include a CV and a letter of interest. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo (y.castillo@cgiar.org)

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Tailored opportunities: PhD in Animal sciences (Phosphorus as a metabolic regulator during environmental stress in animals) at the The Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Germany


Research and own qualification within a collaborative project between the Genomics Unit of the Institute of Genome Biology at the Leibniz-FBN and the University of Hohenheim funded by the German Research Council (DFG Forschergruppe P-Fowl). Within an interdisciplinary project we will address the molecular pathways and endocrine determinants of the phosphorus metabolism in quails and laying hens. Therefore we will analyze the differential gene expression at the background of different genotypes and phenotypes using Next-Generation-Sequencing (NGS) techniques and bioinformatics tools. The project aims to improve the efficiency of phosphorus use in animal breeding in order to save this valuable resource and to reduce the environmental impact caused by phosphates.


– Master degree, diploma, or an analogous degree in biology, physiology, animal science or related fields

– High motivation and willingness to learn new techniques and approaches in metabolic physiology and molecular biology

– Ability to work in an international team

– Willingness to work with domestics as well as marine animals

– Ability to plan, organize and conduct independent research

– Fluency in English (oral and written) and strong communication skills


Deadline for application is 31 August 2019


Interested candidates should submit a letter of application (single pdf‐file preferred) including the reference number, experience and reasons for interest in the position, current curriculum vitae and academic record, addresses of two referees and copies of relevant documents either via post to:

Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology

Verwaltung (St.nr. 2019-18)

Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2

18196 Dummerstorf, Germany

or via e-mail to: personal@fbn-dummerstorf.de

For more detailed information please contact Prof. Inna Sokolova (inna.sokolova@uni-rostock.de) or

PD Dr. Siriluck Wimmers (s.wimmers@fbn-dummerstorf.de).

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Tailored opportunities: PhD in Architecture ( Urban Metabolism for Advanced Nature-Based Solutions) at the University of Louvain, Belgium


The Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning (LOCI) at the University of Louvain is currently increasing its research capacity associated with urban sustainability and the Urban Metabolism approach more particularly. The doctoral research will be supervised by Prof. Daniela Perrotti. The distinct focal area of Prof. Perrotti’s research team consists of advanced urban metabolism  assessment methods measuring the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate urban resource demand and associated waste and pollutant rejection.

Project description

The growing evidence-base demonstrating cities’ responsibility for accelerated natural-resource erosion and exacerbated impacts on climate change suggests the need for more systemic urban resource-demand mitigation strategies. In this sense, the popularity of Urban Metabolism assessment methods, and the mass-balance model for Material Flow Analysis (MFA) more particularly, reflect an increasing recognition of the need for a whole systems approach to natural resource management. Nature-based solutions provide nowadays an extensive reservoir of techniques and strategies to optimize the metabolism of cities through enhanced resource cycling and emission abatement. However, this reservoir is largely untapped in Urban Metabolism research, despite substantial progress in ecosystem-service knowledge and classification


  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent



  • Minimum of a MSc Degree of 120 credits in relevant subject area: Industrial Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Urban Ecology or Environmental Sciences
  • Relevant MSc dissertation topic


  • Fluency in English (knowledge of either French, Dutch, Spanish or Chinese will be an additional asset)
  • Excellent written English communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Good presentation and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently within agreed guidelines
  • Commitment to developing internationally competitive publication profile

Specific Requirements

Relevant experience


  • Knowledge of and interest in the Urban metabolism approach
  • Knowledge of and interest in the “Ecosystem Service” concept
  • Previous experience in academic research (e.g. Master thesis, research assistance, article writing)
  • Engagement with quantitative and qualitative data collection (e.g. Master thesis)


  • General Urban Sustainability Knowledge
  • Previous experience in conducting basic system modelling (e.g. Master thesis)
  • Previous experience in conductinggeospatial analysis (e.g. Master thesis)


Application deadline is 25 Augusts 2019


Further details about this fellowship can be obtained from the supervisor, Prof. Daniela Perrotti: daniela.perrotti@uclouvain.be.

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