Tailored opportunities: PhD position in hydrological modelling in the context of agricultural applications at Forschungszentrum Jülich Jülich, Germany

What?

You will be engaged in the large and collaborative project ATLAS (AgriculTural Interoperability and Analysis System) which is funded by Horizon 2020 and aims at developing digital service platforms for a sustainable and data-driven agriculture.
Within this project, you will:

  • Set-up and perform hydrological simulations at different spatial and temporal scales by using terrestrial models such as CLM-5, Parflow, and TerrSysMP
  • Perform and analyze hydrological and agricultural predictions such as sustainability of the interaction between groundwater abstraction, crop irrigation, and the seasonal groundwater recharge
  • Analyze simulation results to inform and set-up machine learning algorithms for future scheduling and management of sustainable irrigation practices
  • Work and cooperate with the international partners of the ATLAS project.

Who?

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in geosciences, environmental engineering, computer sciences or comparable subject with high grades
  • Strong background and interest in hydrology and/or numerical modelling
  • Knowledge of a programming language (e.g. R, Python) and experience in scientific publication is an advantage
  • Proficiency in written/oral English and very good organizational and communication skills

When?

Deadline for application is 31 October 2019

How?

To apply, please submit a complete CV, motivation letter, university degree records (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree), as well as two reference letters.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position on drought-human-environment nexus at Uppsala University, Sweden

What?

We are recruiting a PhD candidate in Environmental Assessment at the Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences. The position is part of several research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Swedish Research Council for health, working life and welfare (FORTE). The goals of these projects are to improve the knowledge about drought propagation and to identify sensitive regions that suffer from the most severe drought conditions. Furthermore, the projects aim at increasing our understanding of the perception of drought events among the general public and decision makers, as well as preparedness for drought events. We would also like to provide knowledge on how risk management objectives are interlinked with objectives in other sectors in Sweden, increase our understanding of how women are affected by droughts in India and identify barriers to implementing preparedness policies/strategies

Who?

The applicant shall have a university science degree (MSc) in environmental sciences, (physical) geography, hydrology, or related areas relevant to the PhD topic. Insights into other research fields like e.g. gender studies, sociology or political science are desirable. The applicant must have basic computer skills. Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written, are required. Experience in GIS and remote sensing is an advantage. Experience in policy analysis, conducting interviews, planning/evaluating surveys and/or organizing stakeholder workshops would be an asset.

When?

Deadline for application is 31 Oct 2019

How?

The application should include a cover letter shortly describing your personal motivation for applying for this PhD position, relevant skills/ qualifications and research interests. The application should also include a CV, copies of relevant exams, degrees and grades, MSc thesis and other relevant documents, such as letter(s) of recommendation and contact details of two referees. We would also like to know the earliest possible date for starting. Please note that applications can only be accepted via the web interface linked below. Make online application here.

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Tailored opportunities: Two PhD position (1. Governing Informal Markets and 2. Water finance in Eastern Africa) at Oxford University

What?

Informal water markets have proliferated in response to rapid urbanisation and increasing competition for freshwater. From Kenya to Kathmandu, tanker operators, packaged water vendors and other small-scale water enterprises operate in diverse settings, ranging from small towns to mega-cities. Despite their prevalence, informal markets are virtually uncharted, particularly their governance and patterns of cooperation, conflict and competition. Myths dominate in the absence of evidence, fuelling perceptions that informal markets prey on the poor and lead inexorably towards inequality and unsustainable outcomes. This study will examine the institutions and political economy of informal water markets in eastern Africa using a mixed-methods approach. The project will start with a systematic review of the institutions governing informal water markets. The study will chart new ground by comparing the emergence, evolution and impacts of informal water markets in Eastern Africa.

Who?

Qualifications for governing informal markets:A commitment to academic excellence with a track record of high impact research • Proven skills in executing empirical research in challenging contexts • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team • Examples of high-quality written work, such as a journal paper or equivalent • Outstanding interpersonal skills to work with multiple stakeholders

Qualifications for water finance: Fluency in writing and speaking in French and English • Proven skills in executing empirical research in rural contexts delivering concrete outputs • Strong quantitative skills with an emphasis on econometrics, finance and statistics • Examples of high-quality written work, such as a journal paper or equivalent • A passion to understand and evaluate rural water interventions to benefit the poor • Outstanding interpersonal skills to work with multiple stakeholders

When?

Application deadline: 12pm/GMT on the 15th November 2019

How?

Suitably qualified candidates wishing to apply for this studentship should submit a CV with details identifying the fit and motivation for the role to Associate Professor Garrick or Professor Hope before making a formal Oxford University application. Formal application can be made here.

Details on these two opportunities are available here and here and general details here.

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Tailored opportunities: Call for proposals by the International Foundation for Sciences

What?

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is requesting proposals for the 2020 call for Basic Research Grants (up to 15 000 USD) and Renewal Grants (up to 12 000 USD). Applicants who have not received an IFS grant before can apply for the Basic Research Grant. IFS grantees can apply for the Renewal Grant. IFS supports research in the natural and social sciences that is innovative and/or relevant to local or national development needs and problems, and that aim to generate fundamental and/or applicable scientific knowledge. Applications must be written in English.

Who?

Applicants for IFS grants:

  • must be citizens of eligible countries (see below), and must carry out their research in an eligible country (which does not have to be the country of citizenship), and
  • must either be enrolled in a PhD program or have recently (within five years) completed a PhD degree.
  • must write their proposals in English

When?

Deadline for application is 30th November 2019

How?

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Tailored opportunities: The Ashinaga financial support for undergraduate degree studies to students from Africa

What?

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change, by providing access to full financial support to study at a university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree). Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.

Who?

Applicants must:

  • Have lost one or both parents;
  • Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020. 
  • Were born after 1st September, 1997;
  • Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class;
  • Be committed to returning home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.

When?

Applications for Anglophone and Francophone countries are open between 2nd September – 13th December 2019

How?

Required Documents

Apply online here or click here for downloading an application form.

This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application.

  • Copy of birth certificate of applicant.
  • Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.
  • Copy of national ID card or passport.
  • Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (from the last 2 years).
  • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate*
  • Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.

* For students receiving their examination results after December 13th 2019 and before February 28th 2020 we will ask you to send your examination certificate if you are selected to progress to the second round of the application process

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Tailored opportunities: Three PhD positions Food System and food security (social and natural sciences) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

What?

The Environmental Studies Program (in collaboration with the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC) and the Global Sustainability Scholars Program) at the University of Colorado Boulder has three positions available for new graduate student Fellows, beginning August 2020. The Food System Technology Fellowships will support three students while pursuing their Ph.D. conducting research to understand the social and economic dimensions of whether and how new food system technologies – such as those involved in cellular agriculture (‘clean’ meat), precision agriculture, and indoor agriculture – can contribute to food security in the US. During the 5-year program, the Fellows will take classes in food systems and the environment, actively participate in research groups and the SILC community, co-organize a symposium on food and agricultural technologies, and conduct independent research. Fellows will also participate in a summer fellowship with a US-based partner organization at the end of their first year, and an international study experience in Brazil or Tanzania at the end of their second year (to develop an understanding of the ways in which globalization of food systems can influence agriculture in the US). In addition to their academic work, Fellows will have access to professional training, including in leadership and pedagogy.

Who?

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant natural or social science subject, such as (but not limited to) environmental studies, agricultural sciences, biology, business and management, economics, or geography. Applicants with a Masters degree are strongly encouraged to apply

When?

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019

How?

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Project Director Dr. Peter Newton ( peter.newton@colorado.edu ) to discuss these opportunities. They are also welcome to contact any of the following faculty: Dr. Matt Burgess (matthew.g.burgess@colorado.edu), Dr. Eve-Lyn Hinckley (eve.hinckley@colorado.edu), Dr. Jason Neff (jason.c.neff@colorado.edu), or Dr. Kirsten Rowell (kirsten.rowell@colorado.edu). All enquiries should include a CV and statement of interest. PhD application process is outlined here.

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