Funding, Study, Work Opportunities

2018

Session date(s): 04 December 2018 - 07 December 2018

Inaugural WorldPop School on Spatial Demography

WorldPop is a research and data production program, focused on spatial demography, being part of the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Primarily targeting low and middle income countries, WorldPop develops geospatial methods for integrating census, survey, satellite and other spatial datasets to improve the demographic evidence base. All methods and datasets undergo academic peer review and are published openly. WorldPop produces multi-temporal estimates of population counts, demographics and characteristics for each 100x100m grid square globally, and the datasets are regularly used by governments, UN agencies and many other organizations for planning interventions, measuring impacts and designing strategies. The WorldPop School provides an exciting opportunity to learn about WorldPop’s  methods and datasets, and get hands-on training in using them.  Participants will experience a mixture of Geographic Information System (GIS)/GDAL/R based training, lectures, discussions and interactive activities to build their expertise in producing and using geospatial population data. Case study applications will demonstrate the value of gridded demographic data and how it can be processed and used to tackle a variety of health and development issues.

Deadline: 16 November 2018

To register, visit https://wp-winterschool.org/

Location: University of Southampton, United Kingdom
 
Application review begins: 30 November 2018

Assistant Professor, Human Geographer in GIScience, Geocomputation, Geovisualization, or Digital Geographies

The Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position. They seek a candidate who is conceptually and empirically engaged with GIScience, geocomputation, geovisualization, or digital geographies. Anticipated start date is 16 September 2019.

The Department of Geography consistently ranks among the top 10 geography departments in the US. Faculty and graduate students conduct internationally recognized research.

UW Geography faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. Tenure-track faculty in Geography have an annual service period of nine months (Sept 16-June 15). The normal teaching load includes undergraduate and graduate courses. Other professional duties include an active research program, and service to the Department and University. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 34% first-generation college students, over 27% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, the UW supports career development and work-life balance for faculty.

The successful candidate will demonstrate theoretically innovative and creative research directions and methodologies. A PhD in geography or related field or foreign equivalent is required by the date of the appointment.

Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing research and teaching qualifications and experience, a curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference, and a 1-page statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To apply, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/55942. Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Location: University of Washington, United States of America
 
Application review begins: 30 November 2018

Assistant Professor, Human Geographer Studying Race, Diaspora or Migration

The Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position. They seek a human geographer studying race, diaspora or migration. Any regional specialty is welcome. Anticipated start date is 16 September 2019.

The Department of Geography consistently ranks among the top 10 geography departments in the US. Faculty and graduate students conduct internationally recognized research.

UW Geography faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. Tenure-track faculty in Geography have an annual service period of nine months (Sept 16-June 15). The normal teaching load includes undergraduate and graduate courses. Other professional duties include an active research program, and service to the Department and University. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 34% first-generation college students, over 27% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, the UW supports career development and work-life balance for faculty.

The successful candidate will demonstrate theoretically innovative and creative research directions and methodologies. A PhD in geography or related field or foreign equivalent is required by the date of the appointment.

Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing research and teaching qualifications and experience, a curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference, and a 1-page statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To apply, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/55941. Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Location: University of Washington, United States of America
 
Application deadline: 16 November 2018

Professor in Demography

The Demography Department of the University of Montreal is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Economic Demography and Population and Development.

Deadline for applications: 16 November 2018.

The appointed candidate will be expected to teach at all three levels of the curriculum, supervise graduate students, engage in ongoing research and publication, and contribute to the academic life and reputation of the University.

Requirements

  • • Ph.D. in demography or in another related discipline obtained prior to taking office; advanced training in economic sciences
  • • Experience in quantitative analysis in the areas of economic demography and demographic change in developing countries
  • • Excellent publication record
  • • University Teaching Experience
  • • One or the other of the following expertise would be an asset: research interest in African countries; demographic analysis making use of new data sources (eg administrative data, spatial data, « big data »)
  • • An adequate knowledge of the French written and spoken language or a strong commitment to mastering the proficiency level required.


The application must include the following documents:

  • •    a cover letter
  • •    a curriculum vitæ
  • •    copies of recent publications and research


Three letters of recommendation are also to be sent directly to the department chair by the referees.

Application and letters of recommendation must be sent to the chair of the Département de démographie at the following address:

Monsieur Yves Carrière, Chair
Département de démographie
Faculté des arts et des sciences, pavillon Lionel-Groulx
Université de Montréal
C. P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (QC) H3C 3J7

The application and the letters of recommendation can also be sent by e-mail to the following address: yves.carriere@ umontrreal.ca

For more information about the Department, please consult its Web site at https://demo.umontreal.ca//accueil.

Location: Université de Montréal, Canada
 
Application review begins: 10 November 2018

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Drexel University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialty in environmental sociology. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology, expertise in environmental sociology and evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

The department is primarily interested in candidates who have expertise in environmental sociology that complements the strengths of current faculty and will contribute to positioning Drexel as a high profile sociology program with a strong research and educational identity. Applicants may investigate topics such as the global political economy of land use and environmental degradation; consumption; food systems, energy transitions, waste disposal issues, and environmental action; the material flow and circulation of natural resources, food, energy, waste, and environmental disasters and risk; and theorizing socio-natures.

It is expected that the successful candidate’s research and teaching will contribute to the Sociology Department and that our new colleague will participate in and initiate collaborations across the Schools, Colleges, and Centers at Drexel. Teaching duties include developing and teaching courses in environmental sociology as well as core courses in the Sociology major.  Successful candidates will develop and teach undergraduate courses in environmental sociology as well as core courses in the major.

Interested candidates may direct questions to Dr. Susan Bell (seb376@ drexel.edu). Review of applications will begin 10 November 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Only applications submitted via drexeljobs.com will be considered. The successful applicant would begin September 1, 2019.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology, expertise in environmental sociology as demonstrated by publications, presentations, or courses taught; and evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching, such as funded research, publications or teaching awards. Candidates must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 15, 2019.

Complete applications will include: 1) a cover letter with a statement of preparation for and interest in the position; 2) curriculum vitae with complete professional and academic history; 3) up to three samples of scholarly writing; and 4) the names, institutional affiliation, and email addresses only of at least three references.

Please do not submit reference letters at this time as such letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed applicants. All applications must be submitted online at www.drexeljobs.com.

Location: Drexel University, United States of America
 
Application review begins: 09 November 2018

Assistant Professor in Environmental Sociology

The Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University in Pullman, WA invites applications for a permanent full-time tenure-track 9-month academic appointment position. The rank will be at the Assistant Professor level and we invite both Ph.D. candidates and more advanced assistant professors to apply. The appointment will begin on August 16, 2019.

Job duties: Conduct independent research leading to publication, secure external grant funding, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the occupant of the position will be expected to contribute to University and Departmental governance through service on appropriate committees, and to serve the university, profession, state, and national communities in ways appropriate to training and rank.

Job requirements: Earned a doctoral degree in Sociology or closely related field by August 16, 2019, conduct research in environmental sociology or related area, have an excellent record of research or potential for research, have potential for generating extramural funding, evidence of teaching ability and capacity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Must possess a record of accomplishments that demonstrate the potential to become an outstanding scholar and educator.

Applications: Submit: 1) A cover letter describing research, teaching, and grant experience or plans, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) two examples of recent written work, and 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 5) three letters of reference.

The application materials must be submitted online at: www.wsujobs.com. Review of applications will begin 9 November 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Erik Johnson, Chair of the Search Committee, 509-335-4595 or Johnsone@ wsu.edu.

Location: Washington State University, United States of America
 
Submission deadline: 05 November 2018

Population Journal Young Author’s Prize 2019

Population is a quarterly scientific journal published in English (Population-E) and in French (Population-F) by the French Institute for Population Studies (INED).

The Population Young Author Prize is open to PhD students and young researchers working in the field of population studies and will be awarded to the most outstanding original paper submitted to the competition jury.

For more information, see https://iussp.org/sites/all/modules/contrib/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4666&qid=1697758

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Population est une revue scientifique trimestrielle publiée en français (Population-F) et en anglais (Population-E) par l’Ined.

Les étudiant·e·s en thèse et les jeunes chercheur·e·s travaillant dans le domaine des études de population sont invité·e·s à proposer un article original pour concourir au prix jeune auteur·e de la revue Population.

Pour plus d’informations : http://www.revue-population.fr/prix-jeune-auteur/

 
Submission deadline: 05 November 2018

CFP - Population Young Author Prize

Population is a quarterly scientific journal published in English (Population-E) and in French (Population-F) by INED.

The Population Young Author Prize is open to PhD students and young researchers working in the field of population studies and will be awarded to the most outstanding original paper submitted to the competition jury.

Deadline for submission: 5 November 2018

More information:  http://www.journal-population.com/young-authors-prize-2015/ 

 
Application deadline: 05 November 2018

Postdoctoral Position in Disaster Mental Health and Vulnerable Populations

The Natural Hazards Center in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks a postdoctoral research associate for a full-time, 12-month position, with benefits, beginning as early as January 1, 2019. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance.

The person who is hired for this position will assist in developing mental health, vulnerable populations, and other training components associated with the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) and Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER) platforms. SSEER and ISEEER—which are part of the newly established National Science Foundation CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center—are designed to advance reconnaissance research and disaster science to benefit the broader hazards and disaster field. The ultimate vision for this work is to prepare individual researchers and interdisciplinary teams to carry out extreme events research that is coordinated, comprehensive, coherent, ethically grounded, and scientifically rigorous.

The postdoctoral research associate will work under the direct supervision of Professor Lori Peek, who is director of the Natural Hazards Center and principal investigator for the NSF CONVERGE project.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated quantitative and qualitative methodological skills with a primary focus on mental health and/or public health research; strong verbal communication skills; experience working with large data sets and data repository platforms; an interest in disaster research and/or the science of team science; and experience with disaster reconnaissance field studies. A PhD in psychology, public health, sociology, or a related social or behavioral science area of study is required at the time of appointment.

Please submit applications electronically by no later than 5 November 2018. Applications received by this date will be given first consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The application must include a cover letter in which the applicant describes his/her experience or interests in hazards and disaster research, a current CV, one sample published paper (co-authored papers are acceptable), a list of three references, one letter of recommendation, proof of degree, and unofficial transcripts.

Applications are to be submitted on-line through the following link: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=13587

For more information, see https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/postdoctoral-position-in-disaster-mental-health-and-vulnerable-populations

Location: University of Colorado , United States of America
 
Application deadline: 30 October 2018

Call for Applications: CLISEL Training School on "Loss, Damage and Mobility in the context of Climate Change"

Co-organized by KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) Environmental Humanities Laboratory (Sweden) World Trade Institute (WTI) University of Bern (Switzerland) Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo (CNR-ISSM) (Italy) Dipartimento di Architettura, Università Federico II (Italy).  The training will be 12-14 December 2018 in Naples, Italy.

The CLISEL Training School is primarily intended for early career researchers (master's students in their advanced thesis phase, PhD students and postdocs) for an interdisciplinary training school which will include perspectives from the broadly defined fields of environmental humanities, environmental history, political ecology, literary studies, critical legal studies among others. The training school will include both lecture format and group-work sessions (a more detailed description of the school is below). Travel scholarships are available for the training school.

Organized in conjunction with COP24 climate summit in Katowice, a key aspect of the training school is also to contribute to an online geo-archive currently in the making as part of H2020- funded CLISEL (Climate Security with Local Authorities) project. Geo-archive is an open-access tool containing historical cases of interactions between migration and environmental/climatic changes. It encompasses information on the description of the case, policy responses to migration and loss & damage, and reflections of this case in the literary/audio-visual productions. The tool is mainly designed for teaching and outreach purposes as well as for providing locally grounded examples for local authorities and climate/migration policy stakeholders. Each training school participant will be expected to contribute to this effort with a brief historical case study (1500 words) on loss & damage and/or climate-migration nexus. The training school will also feature special sessions on urban loss & damage as part of FORMAS (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development) project, Occupy Climate Change!

To apply for the autumn training school, please send the following by 30 October 2018 to cliseltrainingschool2018@ gmail.com:

1. Max. 2-page CV 2. Max. 1-page motivation letter (please mention if you would like to request travel support) 3. 250-word abstract on a historical case study idea on climate change and migration you would like to elaborate for the geo-archive

The selected participants will be required to submit the final version of their case study entries (max. 1000 words long, including bibliography) by 15th November 2018. Further guidance on the format will be provided to selected participants.

For further information, please contact: armiero@ kth.se or ethemcan@ kth.se

Location: Italy
 
Posted: 29 October 2018

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Demography

The Sociology Department, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, invites applications for Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Demography. 

About the Position:

  • •    Teach undergraduate courses within the department's existing curriculum
  • •    Develop new courses in the candidate's area of expertise within the field of social demography, broadly defined
  • •    Ability and willingness to teach Department's core courses in statistics and research methods
  • •    Participation in curricular planning of the Department's Bachelors of Science in Sociology degree
  • •    Fulfill teaching responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
  • •    Active engagement in scholarship, including scholarly publications
  • •    Active participation in service activities within the Department, University, and discipline


Required Qualifications:

  • •    Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related social science filed with specialization in social demography or quantitative social science by September 15, 2019
  • •    Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in social demography and ability to teach core departmental courses in statistics and methods
  • •    Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • •    Demonstrated potential to maintain an active program of research/scholarship and publication

Application review begins September 30, 2018; position is open until filled

For more information, see http://employment.wwu.edu/cw/en-us/job/495980/assistant-professor-of-sociology

Location: Western Washington University, United States of America
 
Application deadline: 04 September 2018

Assistant or Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems.

SEAS seeks applicants whose work advances the frontiers of knowledge in natural-human system processes and relationships at diverse scales using theories, methods, and tools of spatial science. Topical areas of interest are broad. These could include human dimensions of global change as they relate to biodiversity loss, land-cover/land-use change, urbanization, climate change, ecosystem services and valuation, material and energy flows, and environmental degradation, among others.

To apply and for more information, see http://seas.umich.edu/form/assistant_or_associate_professor_spatial_science_coupled_natural_human_systems

Location: University of Michigan, United States of America
 
Application deadline: 31 August 2018

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Big Data and Human-Environment Systems

In the Group Science, Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Geography and Tourism, there is a full-time academic vacancy in big data and human-environment systems, at the Arenberg campus in Leuven. The main mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources. The Division of Geography and Tourism currently has 11 professors. The division conducts research and provides academic training in the interrelated fields of earth surface processes and climate, society and space, tourism research and education in geosciences. The division has long-term research experience in socio-ecological and socio-economic relations. Moreover, geographical information systems and analysis of spatio-temporal data are a core pillar of our research and educational programmes. To further strengthen these components, the division is looking for an internationally oriented candidate with a strong track record in human-environment systems, using opportunities arising from the growth in data availability.

To apply and for more information, see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54567601?hl=en&lang=en

Location: KU Leuven, Belgium
 
Application deadline: 15 August 2018

The Gro Harlem Brundtland Visiting Scholarship

The Centre for Fertility and Health of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Oslo & Bergen, Norway) is strongly committed to the education and engagement of young researchers and has established the Gro Harlem Brundtland Visiting Scholarship. This visiting scholar program hosts young researchers from Norway and abroad to engage in collaborative research and to participate in and enrich the research community at the Centre and at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The center is currently accepting applications for this visiting scholar program.

For more information, see https://www.fhi.no/en/more/research-centres/Centre-for-fertility-and-health/the-gro-harlem-brundtland-visiting-scholarship/

 
Application deadline: 15 August 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Exploring food systems transformations in Africa's rapidly changing cities

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on African city food systems, beginning early September 2018. The postdoc will be based in South Africa for approximately 75% of the time and work as a guest researcher in the Netherlands for the remaining time.

The research forms part of an international collaborative project under the auspices of LEAP-Agri (http://www.leap-agri.com/) and includes researchers from South Africa, Uganda, Netherlands and Belgium. The project aims to promote sustainable and nutrition-secure city food systems by developing knowledge and tools for local and national development planning. The research will be undertaken in two case studies (Cape Town and Kampala) and includes (i) characterizing city food systems through identifying key food system activities, drivers, feedbacks and outcome indicators; (ii) modelling current food systems dynamics and exploring alternative futures; (iii) developing response strategies that target local and national development planning; and (iv) running and evaluating knowledge co-production and participatory planning approaches for achieving impact.

Key activities of the postdoc:
•    Developing a model to represent food system dynamics across the urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes of the case studies with inputs from the project team and stakeholders on food system activities, key drivers, feedbacks and outcome metrics
•    Translating narrative scenarios of alternative food futures to quantitative scenarios that can be modelled
•    Exploring the trade-offs and synergies presented by these alternative scenarios in terms of the different outcomes identified by stakeholders
•    Producing spatial products and tools for city planners
•    Synthesizing results of research in peer-reviewed journal articles
•    Supervising Masters-level researchers in collection of field data and analysis of the results
•    Presenting results to academic and policy audiences in meetings, forums, workshops and conferences
•    Overseeing meeting and travel logistics undertaken by Masters-level researchers and secretarial support
•    Working with the project coordinator to implement the project activities across a geographically-dispersed project team

Requirements:
•    PhD in one or more disciplines that are broadly associated with land system science (e.g. geography, agriculture, environmental science, natural resource economics, ecology, social sciences and humanities), with a strong research interest in urban food systems and a good academic record.
•    Programming experience (e.g. in R, Python and/or Google Earth Engine) to allow customization and coupling of existing land use and other related models
•    Advanced skills in analyzing geospatial data in GIS (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) and the ability to source, manage and harmonize diverse data types in spatial analyses across a range of spatial scales
•    Experience in research focused on food systems dynamics, social-ecological systems, scenarios planning, and/or ecosystem services is a strong advantage
•    Demonstrated track record in writing scientific publications
•    Excellent communication skills in English – both orally and written
•    Ability to work collaboratively in the transdisciplinary space in developing countries, with academics, businesses, and government agencies at different scales and across different sectors
•    Ability to ensure that professional ethics are followed in gathering, processing and disseminating research information so that the rights, interests, values and welfare of people who take part in the research are not compromised
•    Strong interest in integrating knowledge across the natural, social, economic and health sciences, and in developing science-based products that meet policy and implementation needs

Logistical requirements:
•    Availability for regular meetings with the project team and other project-related meetings
•    Availability for research exchange visits to the Netherlands
•    Willingness to travel locally and internationally for meetings as required (meetings may take place in all four partner countries – some of these may be virtual and others than face-to-face)
•    Driver’s license
•    Ideally be a resident of an African country

The candidate will be based approximately 9 months per year at the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group of CSIR in South Africa and visit IVM of VU for about 3 months per year.     The fellowship includes a living allowance of € 1,750 per month that will be paid from the project through the VU in the Netherlands.

In addition, the project will reimburse research costs, such as travel between South Africa and the Netherlands during the project and an accommodation allowance while on research exchange in the Netherlands. 

The fellowship will be awarded initially for one year and upon good performance a prolongation for another 2 years will be offered. The candidate is expected to pay all health insurance, housing and other insurances from the fellowship

Applicants should send a full CV, contact details for three references, and a cover letter that details their interest in the position and outlines their relevant skills and experience. The cover letter should be a maximum of 2 pages.

Please submit all materials as one pdf file. The submission should be made by email with subject line ‘Postdoc Application: LEAP-Agri’ to Ms Marjolijn Staarink (marjolijn.staarink @vu.nl). 

Contact Dr Jeanne Nel (j.l.nel@vu.nl) should you have questions.

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
Application deadline: 09 August 2018

United Nations 2018 Young Professionals Programme (YPP) Exam: Statistics & Demography

These positions are located primarily in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Regional Commissions. DESA is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action. The incumbent typically reports to a Senior Officer, Head of Unit, or Chief of Section. The typical job in this area is Associate Statistician, and may also be Associate Population Affairs Officer.

Applicants with expertise in Demography who are interested in positions as Associate Population Affairs Officers are encouraged to apply for the YPP examinations either in Statistics or Social Affairs.

The YPP examination in Statistics covers a wide range of topics in the areas of probability theory, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and demographic, social, economic and environmental statistics, accounts and indicators.

Successful candidates will be considered for YPP positions as they become available throughout the Secretariat, including field offices. Initial appointments will be for two years and subject to review for a continuing appointment. The Organization promotes mobility within and across duty stations and job families.  For more information, see https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=97438

To learn more about the Young Professionals Programme (YPP), visit:
http://careers.un.org/ypp/

Annonce en français et inscriptions:
https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=97438&lang=fr-FR

Pour plus d’infos sur le Programme Jeunes administrateurs (YPP) :
https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE&lang=fr-FR

 
Application deadline: 23 July 2018

"Feeding the Next Billion" finalist for next Xprize, seeking design concepts for $100K

Visioneering is XPRIZE’s main channel for designing prizes that solve humanity’s Grandest Challenges. Rooted in its passion for harnessing the power of the global crowd to develop such solutions, for the first time ever XPRIZE is inviting the world to participate in Visioneering. From designing prizes, to evaluating prize designs, to participating in the Annual XPRIZE Visioneering Summit, XPRIZE will tap into the collective genius around the world to deliver prize designs that are elegant, massively impactful, and funded to launch.

The designers of the best concepts will work with experts at XPRIZE to further refine their concepts and develop them into the robust, incentivized competitions that take a global stage at our premier annual event, Visioneering 2018.  Participants will be eligible to win prizes up to $100k in value.
 
5 Grand Challenge Areas:
•    Off-Grid Energy Access, Sponsored by Kingo
•    Feeding the Next Billion, Co-sponsored by The Tony Robbins Foundation & the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
•    Lifting Farmers out of Poverty, Sponsored by Gagan Gupta
•    Natural Disaster Prediction, Sponsored by Fairfax Financial Holdings
•    Saving Coral Reefs, Sponsored by XPRIZE Ocean Initiative

For more information and to register, see https://www.xprize.org/visioneering.

 
Application deadline: 20 July 2018

Awards to Young Talent applied to Sustainable Water Management by the Water Observatory of the Botín Foundation (5th edition)

This contest includes two different prize categories:

Category A: Models of Management and Technology that contribute to sustainable water management. Submissions in this category include projects/ideas/technology that have proven to improve water management.

Category B: Educational project or activity addressed to children or teenagers. This includes initiatives or projects aiming at raising awareness of children and teenagers about different aspects of water resources and the importance of its sustainable management.


More information can be found at https://www.fundacionbotin.org/observatory-area/prizes-to-young-talent-applied-to-sustainable-water-management.html?lan=en

 
Application deadline: 20 July 2018

Postdoc on transformative governance of land systems in Mozambican frontiers

The researcher will contribute to the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project MIDLAND (https://erc-midland.earth). Payments will be based on Belgian regulations, depending on prior research experience, and will include the benefits of the Belgian social security such as health insurance.

Objectives: To understand the conditions under which land governance in the emerging frontiers of northern Mozambique can be transformed to foster sustainable land uses and land use planning, by involving local and distant actors.

The work should: (i) Bring together public and private actors which typically operate at different scales, from global to local, (ii) Take into account tradeoffs between local realities and broader sustainability issues, and (iii) Articulate emerging private-led and market-based instruments of land use governance with traditional land use policies and public governance.

Research description: This research will investigate how land governance in the focal region, including land use planning, land tenure and land policies, can be transformed to foster sustainable land uses. The research will draw on workshops, supported by stakeholders analyses, mapping, tradeoffs analyses and scenario development, to bring together different public and private actors influencing directly or indirectly the land systems in the focus region, and which operate at different scales, from global to local. The work will explore various visions of land uses, sustainable intensification, and linkages between the study area and distant places, and will identify the key institutional entrepreneurs and agents of transformative change in land use, and the opportunities and current barriers for transformation.

Profile required: A researcher holding a PhD degree, experienced in social sciences theories and methods of transdisciplinary research and multi-stakeholders participatory approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods, institutional analysis, resilience, scenarios, as well as land system science.

Experience in studying deliberate transformation, transformative agency, institutional entrepreneurs and strategic fields are assets. Experience in tropical/developing regions, as well as ability to interact with different people ranging from rural smallholders to high-level decision-makers will be crucial. Knowledge of Portuguese is a requirement. Familiarity with the land use and political contexts in Mozambique are very useful. The candidate should demonstrate an excellent command of the English language, good communication skills, and ability to work in a research team and to establish a local and international network.

This position is for two years.

Candidates should submit a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests, CV, and names and contacts of three referees to:

Prof. Patrick Meyfroidt
patrick.meyfroidt @uclouvain.be

Location: Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
 
Posted: 06 July 2018

Post-doctoral fellow on Understanding Human Responses to Coastal Flooding on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Research approaches will provide insights into how rural counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are affected by and respond to environmental changes associated with sea level rise and climate change. Of particular interest are projects that would inform policies related to residential relocation and nature restoration. Applicants with background in anthropology, demography, economics, geography, psychology, public policy, sociology, or another social science discipline with expertise in environmental topics preferred.

One of the NatureNet Science Fellowships sponsored by the Nature Conservancy. 

TNC Mentor: Ariana Sutton-Grier, Director of Science, Maryland/DC Chapter. 
University Mentor: Elizabeth Fussell, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University

Position open until filled.

To apply and for more information, see
https://www.nature.org/science-in-action/naturenet-science-fellows-universitypartners-and-mentors.xml#urban

 
Session date(s): 11 June 2018 - 15 June 2018

Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling Short Course

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center invites applications for a 5-day short course, 11 -15 June  2018, that will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially-explicit agent-based modeling (ABM).

This course will guide you through the basic phases of the ABM research process: formulating a research question, specifying a model, creating a simulation and interpreting the output. The course combines lectures with hands-on model-building sessions where you will build a model using NetLogo to acquire basic and intermediate programming skills. More advanced students are welcome to build a model in a programming language of their choice.

Application Deadline: 2 April 2018

To learn more and apply, please https://www.sesync.org/opportunities/short-courses/introduction-to-spatial-agent-based-modeling-june-2018?utm_source=SESYNC+February+2018+Newsletter&utm_campaign=February+2018+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

Location: The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), United States of America
 
Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Graduate Research Assistantships

Up to three Ph.D. graduate research assistantships are available at Michigan State University in the areas of social-ecological systems, coupled human and natural systems, ecosystem services, and participatory research to support a pair of new, multi-year, multidisciplinary, NASA-funded projects addressing the socio-ecological effects of climate change and dam construction in the Lower Mekong River Basin (i.e. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam).

Mainland Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly changing region, where rapid urbanization and technological and economic development are increasingly shaping rural landscapes, ecosystems, and agrarian communities. In recent years, numerous dams have been (and are being) constructed along the Mekong River and its tributaries in order to meet the region’s growing appetite for energy, irrigation for agricultural intensification, and protection from extreme weather events. This highly interdisciplinary project aims to better understand the downstream social and ecological effects of dam construction in order to identify sustainable scenarios that address broader regional needs while preserving important ecosystem services and local livelihoods.

The Ph.D. students will use remote sensing and field-based social science research methods (e.g. ethnography, participatory research, participatory GIS, household surveys) to evaluate tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services, human well-being, and livelihoods in rural communities affected by upstream dam construction and climate change. The students will work with an interdisciplinary MSU-based team as well as with local partners and will at times be responsible for carrying out independent field research in Southeast Asia.

It is preferred that candidates have a master’s degree in conservation science, environmental studies, ecology, fisheries and wildlife, geography, sociology, anthropology, resource or environmental economics or other relevant fields. Students should have an interest in interdisciplinary research with strong analytical skills (qualitative and/or quantitative, depending on the position) and an interest in mixed-method approaches. Students should have excellent writing skills and the ability to work both independently and in teams in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork in rural communities. Some experience with geospatial tools and analyses is desired, as are familiarity with the region and proficiency (or willingness to learn) one or more local languages (Thai and Khmer).

There is some flexibility on home department depending on interests and experience. Students would be expected to start in the summer of 2018. Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr. Daniel Kramer, dbk @msu.edu.

Deadline: 31 March 2018

For more information, see https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/graduate-research-assistantships-michigan/.

Location: Michigan State University , United States of America
 
Application deadline: 12 March 2018

Tenure Track Position

The Department of Geography at the National Taiwan Normal University invites applications for a tenure track position at all levels. The department seeks an outstanding candidate who will contribute to the Department's teaching and research in the field of human geography, in particular cultural geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography or urban environmental planning and design.

The appointment will be effective August 1, 2018 or February 1, 2019. The deadline for application is 12 March 2018. Each application should include a copy of his/her PhD certificate, a copy of identity card or passport, curriculum vitae (including a publication list), copies of last five years' publications, syllabi for intended teaching courses (3 courses, each within 500 words in either Chinese or English) and 2-3 reference letters. We sincerely encourage qualified candidates to apply.

NTNU is an established and growing prestigious university. The Department of Geography offers BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees. The city of Taipei is characterized by ample resources for conducting research and appreciating life. It is a global city with an Asian life style.

Please send application by postal mail to Ms. Joy Chiu, Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, #162 He-ping East Road Section 2, Taipei City, 10610 TAIWAN.

For candidates residing in a foreign country, send application with e-mail to joy @ntnu.edu.tw.

For more information about Geography at NTNU, see www.geo.ntnu.edu.tw.

For questions, contact Ms. Joy Chiu at Telephone: (886) 2-77341654, Fax: (886)2-23691770, or joy@ ntnu.edu.tw.

Location: Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
 
Application deadline: 26 February 2018

Policy Communications Fellows Program, Population Reference Bureau

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. The goals of the Policy Fellows program are to understand the process by which research informs the policy environment; to learn how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action; and to improve participants’ communication skills using a variety of format and platforms.

Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus must be related to one or more of the following: Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH); Contraceptive use/behavior; Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration; Population growth; Adolescent reproductive health; Poverty, health equity, and connections with reproductive health; Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence (GBV), early marriage, and male engagement in family planning; Population, health, and environment interrelations.

More information including instruction on how to apply: https://www.prb.org/About/ProgramsProjects/PRB-Policy-Communication-Fellows-Program.aspx.

Deadline: 26 February 2018

 
Application deadline: 25 February 2018

Canada Research Excellence Chair in Migration & Integration

Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, has been selected to nominate a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration with a one-time investment of $10 million in funding over seven years. The university is currently in the active search for a global research leader to nominate for this Chair position. Applications should be emailed to cerc @ryerson.ca and will be accepted until 25 February 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Ryerson’s Centre for Immigration and Settlement is a leader in immigration studies, exploring migration, integration, as well as refugee and diaspora studies, and has a stellar track-record of creating knowledge that impacts policy and practices. The Chair will be particularly relevant in Ryerson, with its ethnically diverse faculty and student population, and based in Toronto, where immigrants make up more than half the population.

Location: Ryerson University, Canada
 
Posted: 08 January 2018

WorldPop Research Positions

The WorldPop programme, based at the University of Southampton, is seeking to recruit two researchers to assist with spatial demographic analyses in a number of low-income countries around the world. We require enthusiastic statistical analysts to work on a range of research projects relating to high-resolution predictive mapping of population distributions and demographics based on household survey, census and bespoke survey data, along with high-resolution geospatial covariate data layers. The work will be foundational to a new collaborative programme entitled GRID3 (Geospatial Reference, Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) with partners at National Statistics Offices, the Flowminder Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, CIESIN and UNFPA, and will be used to guide projects ranging from population enumeration to delivery of health programs and alleviation of poverty. As well as joining the vibrant and well-connected WorldPop and Flowminder Foundation teams, you will have opportunities to lead high-impact publications.

See: https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=952617WR