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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Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

What?

Our research seeks to understand the impact of social, environmental and economic changes on society, and then to draw on this understanding to contribute to the better design and planning of spaces and places. Ultimately this leads to the creation, management and maintenance of improved sustainable built and natural environments.

We invite applications for research study in any of our research clusters:

  • Construction Materials
  • Environment
  • Housing and Neighbourhoods
  • Planning
  • Space and Place
  • Sustainable Design, Architecture and Construction

Additional areas for research study are represented through our special interest groups, including: 

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Built Environment and Energy Consumption
  • Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management
  • Critical Spatial Practice Research
  • Digital Construction Innovation
  • e-Learning
  • Healthy Homes for Building Communities
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • History of Architecture Technologies and Architectural Conservation
  • Landscape, Ecology, Economics, and Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Urban and Regional Politics and Economics
  • Value and Cost Management

The Department of the Natural and Built Environment

The department supports over thirty national and international researchers, including industry and government sponsored students and international scholarship researchers. We collaborate with local and national organisations on a professional basis. Many of our academic staff have worked and continue to work in practice and offer consultancy, while others are represented on national and regional boards.

Examples of our research from staff and students can be found in our two annual Research Transactions – the Built Environment Research Transactions and the Natural Environment Research Transactions. A Review of our research activities can be found at – Annual Research Review.

Funding notes

We do not currently have any scholarships available and are only considering self-funded applications at this time. Please visit our website for more information

https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate

Who?

When?

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found here

How?

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found here

For information on how to apply please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees

For general enquiries about our PhDs in Natural and Built Environment, please contact fdsresearch@shu.ac.uk

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Tailored opportunities: Mathematical Modelling of the Bovine Reproductive Cycle

What?

This project will create mathematical models of aspects of the reproductive cycle of cows. The techniques used will include systems of ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, and networks/graphs. Existing models will be improved and new models will be developed and studied, based on data produced by the Polish partners.
To date there exists a variety of mathematical models of specific hormonal responses of individual hormones to other hormone changes, and models depicting a ’broader picture’ by simultaneous modelling of behaviour of many hormones and ovarian structures over time. These mathematical models can be used to investigate in vivo interactions between ovarian structures’ growth, hormone concentration and parameter values (for instance hormone production or clearance rates). The estrus cycle entails complex interactions and feedback loops between a large number of regulatory factors. The development of mathematical models, derived from robust in vitro data and validated in vivo, allows us to describe and simulate the normal function of the cycle and investigate the mechanisms causing fertility problems or the occurrence of double ovulation. The approach allows changing one parameter at a time to simulate specific hypothesized mechanisms.
This research project aims to use mathematical modelling to enhance our understanding of the bovine reproductive cycle, to specifically address:
(1) Describing mechanisms controlling roles of bovine follicles and hormones in double ovulation; and
(2) Investigating the pathways activated/inactivated during atresia using gene regulatory matrices to describe the interaction between genes/proteins and hormones.
In addition to mathematical novelty, the attainment of these objectives would significantly contribute to advancing the state of knowledge in reproductive management of cattle, and provides a potential model for exploration of treatments of fertility problems in women.

Who?

Since the project is mathematical modelling based on data from a biological system, the ideal candidate will have a good honours degree in mathematics, computing, engineering or science/medicine. Mathematical candidates should have an interest in biology and biological candidates should have an interest in mathematical modelling. The project can be altered somewhat to suit the skills of the successful candidate. Computing skills are an advantage. Since the successful candidate will be working and publishing as part of an interdisciplinary team, motivation, communication and presentation skills are important.

When?

Applications are accepted year round.

How?

Interested applicants are required to, read the terms & conditions, complete an application form (both available on the research page) and submit along with a cover letter and a detailed CV directly to the Research office, Institute of Technology Sligo at Cawley.Veronica@itsligo.ie

For queries relating to this opportunity, please contact Leo Creedon at creedon.leo@itsligo.ie

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Tailored opportunities: Automated evaluation of geo-political risk. University of St Andrews, UK

What?

There are massive amounts of data presented to the internet in real or near-to-real-time that allow monitoring of economic and societal conditions, amongst other things. This has been used to some effect in the automated monitoring of stock fluctuations, used to inform algorithmic trading. The evaluation of data-sources and curation of these on the basis of predictive power is an area requiring exploration. The project here will focus on a multitude of data sources that would allow the real-time evaluation of geo-political conditions around the globe, with the intention to predict various market shifts and impending political flash-points. Data will be captured by a wide range of sources, including multiple languages, print, audio and video. Text-mining methods will be developed to generate topic models and monitoring these over time, including those emergent. Methods will be explored that evaluate predictive performance for the purposes of curating data-sources and selection of modelling techniques.

The project deals with large data issues, data-mining/machine-learning methods, cloud-computing and interaction with APIs. The project will be heavily computational in either R or python, with potentially compiled languages for computational bottlenecks. The ideal candidate would have a good grasp of practical computing and statistics.

Who?

Applicants should have a good first degree in mathematics, statistics or another discipline (e.g., biology, computer science), with substantial statistical component. A masters-level degree is an advantage. Requirement details available here.

When?

Applications are accepted all year round.

How?

Application details are available here.

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Tailored opportunities: Postdoctoral fellow, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

What?

The U.S. News and World Report’s ranked MD Anderson number one in cancer care in the United States. It is a top recipient of awarded grants from the National Cancer Institute. It offers active graduate and postdoctoral training programs and the unmatched scientific environment of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest biomedical center. The center is looking for Postdoctoral fellow position to investigate the underlying molecular cellular mechanisms of metastasis in aggressive breast cancers.  

Who?

The candidate should be a recent PhD or MD/PhD degree, strong publication record and demonstrated ability of independent experimental design and research. A solid background in molecular/cellular oncology and oncogenic signaling pathways is highly desirable. Candidates with documented experience in performing in vivo experiments are preferred.Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.  

When?

The application deadline is Jan 15, 2020   

How?

Please send CV, statement of research interests and contact information for three references to bgdebeb@mdanderson.org Bisrat G. Debeb, DVM PhD, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 77030.

Benefits?

Postdocs are paid competitively based on NIH pay scale ($50,004/year + Fringe benefits) for a fresh Ph.D. candidate with increased pay based on additional postdoctoral experiences.

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