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Tailored opportunities: Post-doctoral position in the environmental consequences of foreign direct investment at Tufts University

What?

The Climate Policy Lab at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, seeks two post-doctoral research fellows to work on the environmental consequences of foreign direct investment.  In particular, the post-doctoral fellows will investigate the development of low-carbon energy sources in developing countries as a result of Chinese overseas investment through the Belt and Road Initiative. 

The research fellow will participate in the Climate Policy Lab’s monthly seminar, biweekly group meetings, and will mentor more junior members of the group. The research fellow is expected to produce 1-2 publishable academic papers, a discussion paper to be published by the Center, and at least one blog post. The research fellow is also expected to help brief research results to funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The research fellow will also be flexible in contributing to other projects of the Climate Policy Lab as required.

Each post-doctoral fellowship is for one year, renewable for a second year at the discretion of the director. Fellows will receive salary, benefits, and support for research in the field.

Who?

Candidates should be experienced in conducting field research in developing countries and must be willing (ideally eager) to spend at least 50 percent of their time doing research in various countries, most likely in Southeast Asia and Africa. We will welcome proposals on potential case study countries. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate experience with case study, process tracing, and interview methods. Applications will be accepted from all disciplines as the CPL is committed to interdisciplinary research. Candidates must, however, display a strong interest in the Belt and Road Initiative and energy/environmental/climate issues. Fluency in English is required.  Proficiency in Chinese is not required because the candidate will mostly be doing research outside of China.  Proficiency in other languages used in Southeast Asia and Africa is preferred. Applicants should be responsible and independent, and should ensure the deliverables required by the project are produced on time.

When?

Application deadline is 15 September 2019

How?

Interested applicants should submit the following by September 15, 2019:

  1. A cover letter that demonstrates interest and related experience
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for two references.
  4. Writing sample

Make online application on this application portal.

For questions about this position please contact CIERP Program Coordinator Sara Rosales at sara.rosales@tufts.edu.  

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Tailored opportunities: PhD Position in Quantifying drought impacts on water resource using large-ensemble simulations and machine learning at the Dutch Department of Physical Geography and Rijkswaterstaat Utrecht, Netherlands

What?

The Department of Physical Geography and Rijkswaterstaat are searching for a PhD candidate with the aim to improve our understanding of future drought impacts on water resources with a focus on the Netherlands. The project will make use of the latest development in climate and hydrological modelling and will be executed in close collaboration with our partners, the Dutch meteorological service (KNMI) and Deltares.


Drought is a major natural hazard, caused by lack of water in precipitation, soil moisture, groundwater or rivers. The 2018 drought in Western Europe showed that the impact of this hydrological extreme can be diverse and severe. The Dutch National Water Authority (Rijkswaterstaat) is responsible for the water management in the major river system of the Netherlands and wants to update their water management tools to improve drought preparedness in the future. The current hydrological models used by Rijkswaterstaat do not allow for rapid analyses needed for adaptive and flexible water management, making it difficult to use these tools for drought impacts assessment over the Netherlands.


You will make use of new developments in climate science, machine learning, big data analysis and hydrological modelling to improve our knowledge related to adaptive water management during extreme drought, now and in the future. The PhD project aims to develop methods to correctly quantify drought impacts (e.g. water shortages, land-subsidence rates and salt-water intrusion), using large-ensemble climate simulations to link meteorological and climate phenomena to hydrological drought impacts at the relevant resolutions and spatial extent. These methods should be efficient and able to use existing information to improve adaptive water management in the near future, to better deal with extreme droughts.


You will work in a multi-disciplinary team with a focus on fundamental research in climate change, hydrology and hydrological extremes. There will be ample opportunity to cooperate with researchers in the team, which include, in addition to Utrecht University, partners from Rijkswaterstaat, KNMI, Deltares and Wageningen University. Principle appointment will be at Utrecht University, but it is expected that you will work in close collaboration with the partners at different institutes.

Who?

We are looking for candidates with:

  • an MSc in Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Civil Engineering or a related field;
  • affinity with numerical modelling;
  • willingness to work at the interface of academia and application-driven research;
  • the ability to work in teams;
  • excellent English oral and writing skills; you should be able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or you should be willing to obtain this level by training.
  • preferably basic Dutch oral skills or a willingness to master the Dutch language

When?

Application deadline is 15 September 2019.

How?

To apply, complete this online application format. Applications should include a motivation for the application, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least two referees (with e-mail contact addresses and phone numbers). Applications should be sent by September 15, 2019. The exact date of the interview will be decided at a later stage.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD student and research assistant in Watershed Management, Hydrology and Water Quality at at West Virginia University

What?

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory at West Virginia University has an opening for a PhD graduate research assistant (GRA). West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. The position will be filled by January 1, 2020. The incumbent will gain experience investigating land use practices, hydro-climatological processes, water quality and/or eco-hydrological / geochemical regimes in a mixed-land-use watershed of the Appalachian region of the United States. Duties will include environmental monitoring, equipment maintenance, laboratory analyses, collection- processing- and analyses of data, and / or modeling and require coursework, dissertation and multiple peer reviewed articles.

Who?

Applicants must possess bachelors, and master’s degrees completed in environmental sciences, hydrology, water resources, water chemistry, or a closely related field. Successful applicants will work collaboratively and independently, must have a valid US driver’s license and automobile.

When?

Deadline for application is 29 August 2019.

How?

To apply, please forward by email the following documents (unofficial documents for initial application are acceptable; incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, 3109 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: Jason.Hubbart@mail.wvu.edu.

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Tailored opportunities: Four PhD positions in hydrology at the University of Melbourne

What?

Four exciting PhD projects are available for motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake original research in the hydrologic sciences, funded by the Australian Research Council and the Government of Victoria and in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

You will work with a dynamic and industry-aligned team to explore interrelated issues of water availability, drought and climate change in south-east Australia. Your findings will inform the water industry and contribute to the international body of knowledge. Upon selection, applicants will then need to obtain University of Melbourne scholarship funding through standard competitive scholarship selection processes (see here).

Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $30, 600 p.a. tax-free plus an additional $5,000 p.a. top up scholarship. PhD candidatures run for 3 years full time, and candidates are given considerable intellectual freedom and the opportunity to present findings at international conferences.

  • Project 1: Catchment resilience to droughts: from thresholds to catchment planning. Recently we’ve shown catchment streamflow does not always recover from droughts. However, we do not know if and when a catchment will recover. This exciting project aims to statistically quantify the drivers and thresholds that control recovery, and explore if and how management actions alter those thresholds and their influence on catchment resilience. Further information: Dr Tim Peterson, timjp@unimelb.edu.au

  • Projects 2 & 3: Water availability during droughts: better understanding & modelling. Two PhD positions are available to address challenges of hydrological predictions under changing climate. The PhD projects will investigate changes in hydrological processes in response to long, slow changes in climate, and will advance hydrologic models to support improved water resources decision making and policy formation (including climate change impact assessment). The first project will focus on physical processes & conceptualisation, examining hydrologic response and associated changes in catchment processes. The second PhD will focus on an operational perspective, seeking to create new rainfall-runoff models that are suitable for future decision making, for example under climate change. Further information: Dr Margarita Saft (margarita.saft@unimelb.edu.au) or Dr Keirnan Fowler (fowler.k@unimelb.edu.au).

  • Project 4: Improved rainfall-runoff simulation in a changing world. Rainfall-runoff models are useful tools in water resource planning under climate change, but currently they are not reliable enough when applied in changing climatic conditions. Recent research at the University of Melbourne has revealed that some existing rainfall-runoff models have a wealth of untapped possibilities. This PhD will focus on the question of how to choose the right set of parameters to predict future hydrology, using only the information available to us in the present, considering how hydrological processes might change in the future, and how the model might be used for water resources and ecological applications. Further information: Dr Keirnan Fowler, fowler.k@unimelb.edu.au

Who?

Selection criteria: 4-year degree or masters in relevant discipline with weighted average over final two years of >82% (international applicants >88%), outstanding written communication skills, demonstrated competency in scientific programming, statistical and/or mathematical experience. Industry experience preferred. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

When?

Deadline for application is 15th September 2019.

How?

Please send a cover letter, response to selection criteria, CV and certified transcript from all University degrees, to fowler.k@unimelb.edu.au by the deadline (earlier applications preferred).

In the cover letter, please state your project preference. Please do not apply directly with the university without first contacting us.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD student in poultry disease at the University of Ghent, Belgium

What?

PhD candidate position in close collaboration with industry (Baekeland mandate) on the development of blood-based biomarkers for the evaluation of intestinal health in broiler chickens Intestinal health of poultry has broad implications for the systemic health of birds, animal welfare, animal performances, food safety, and environmental impact. The gastrointestinal tract has digestive, absorptive, metabolic, immunological and endocrinological functions. In poultry production, major problems are of intestinal origin, including gut inflammation, dysbiosis and intestinal pathogens, including Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens. Besides, also mycotoxins and heat stress have been shown to have severe negative impact on intestinal health. The last decade, a variety of products have been developed as feed additives to stimulate intestinal health. However, in order to diagnose gut health problems and to demonstrate efficacy of these feed additives under experimental and field conditions, efficient biomarkers are necessary. Therefore, the aim of this PhD project is to develop blood-based biomarkers for the evaluation of gut health in broiler chickens, and subsequently validate these markers using different challenges in combination with different feed additives.

Who?

Profile of candidate

  • Master degree in Bioscience Engineering, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills and proficient in English
  • Highly motivated and team-oriented
  • You are driven to explore research questions independently and in depth
  • You have a specific interest in research valorisation and feed additive industry

When?

Deadline for application is Aug 31, 2019

How?

Send your motivation letter, scientific resume, relevant publications (when applicable), and two reference contacts to Prof. dr. Gunther Antonissen (gunther.antonissen@ugent.be) with dr. Astrid Koppenol in cc (akoppenol@impextraco.be) by e-mail before August 31, 2019. After a first screening, suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

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