Calls for scholarship and research fund applications

Open PhD position in the field of ecological-economic mdelling

From: “martin drechsler” <martin.drechsler@ufz.de>
To: “martin drechsler” <martin.drechsler@ufz.de>
Sent: Mardi 10 Août 2021 18:49:36
Subject: Open PhD position in the field of ecological-economic mdelling

Dear colleague,

for an interdispinary project on conservation biological control that integrates ecology, economics, climate science and mathematical modelling, I am looking for a PhD student who addresses the modelling part (Topic 2 in the attached call, another open position (Topic 1) is for a climate scientist). The research group is located at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Chair of Economics) in Cottbus, Germany; the PhD student will be able to choose between that site and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Department of Ecological Modelling) in Leipzig, Germany. Both institutions offer an open, international and productive working atmosphere and are leaders in the modelling of social-ecological systems. Deadline for application is September 8, 2021. Further details can be found in the attached document. I’d be very grateful if you could distribute the call to interested candidates. Please apologise if this dissemination leads to cross posting.

Best regards,
Martin Drechsler
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Cottbus, Germany
https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=36529

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PhD or Postdoc at Kiel University

The Center for Ocean and Society at Kiel University, in cooperation with the Institute for the World Economy (ifW), is looking for a new PhD or Postdoc for one of their projects. The project funding is for a PhD position (75%), but can be scaled up to 100% for a Postdoc.

Applications are open until 7 September, 2021.

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Two PhD Positions at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Environmental and Resource Management

Two PhD Positions within the PhD Programme “Environmental and Resource Management” at University Cottbus. The work is part of the Research Cluster “Mulitfunctional Landscapes under Climate Change”. Application Deadline is 01 August, 2021 and the Start of the Programme is 01 April, 2022.

Two positions in Australia

Two positions in Australia

  • A Research Scientist – Hydrologist position at CSIRO Land and Water in Canberra.
  • A PhD opportunity at the University of Queensland

CSIRO Land and Water Research Scientist

CSIRO Land and Water is seeking a motivated Research Scientist – Hydrologist to join the Water Security Program.  To be successful, you will need experience in hydrological process modelling, river system modelling and remote sensing applications in hydrology and experience in programming and working with large data sets. To apply, please go to https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Canberra%2C-ACT-Research-Scientist-Hydrologist/731619200/?locale=en_GB

PhD project at the University of Queensland

The Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory at the University of Queensland, Australia seeks a PhD student to work on an exciting new project: forecasting ecosystem responses to environmental change

There is a growing consensus that using models to anticipate the future is vital to mitigate the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems. Yet most ecological models are one-off attempts to predict what ecosystems might be like in many years or decades. This makes it hard for decision-makers to use these models. It also favours models that are not easily scrutinised and improved. A new international study will use an iterative cycle to 1) forecast how species occurrences and abundances will change over short timescales; 2) use predictions to inspect model failures and 3) improve models so that we can continue to learn. This represents a new way of thinking in ecology that, like weather forecasting, has the power to advance our understanding of ecological processes.

The PhD project

The candidate will work within a vibrant team of quantitative ecologists and spatio-temporal modellers to tackle two major questions in ecological modelling:

(1) When can multivariate models improve forecasts of species distributions, abundances and biodiversity compared to simpler models?
(2) What aspects of models and data control forecast uncertainty across space and time?

Benefits of the project

The student will be based at The University of Queensland within the School of Veterinary Science, supervised by Dr. Nicholas Clark and A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães. The candidate will work with a diverse group of international researchers, including Dr Konstans Wells (Swansea University, UK), Prof Ethan White (University of Florida, USA) and A/Prof Wenbiao Hu (Queensland University of Technology). Additional support will be given by partners at the Ecological Forecasting Initiative and the Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory, including assistance in computer-based data analysis, model building and scientific communication. The selected student will have the opportunity to work with all partners on this project but will be based at UQ.

This project will help develop the candidate’s skills in critical thinking, project management, data management and analysis, writing and communication. Expected applications of the project are incredibly diverse, meaning the student will be well prepared for a future career in research or with government and non-government land management, biosecurity or conservation agencies.

This PhD scholarship is funded by the University of Queensland, providing a tax-free PhD stipend and full tuition fee support. The scholarship is for three years, with two possible six-month extensions. Funds are also available for the student to attend scientific conferences and workshops.

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

Competitive applicants should have

-A BSc with First Class Honours or Masters degree in ecology or statistics
-A strong interest in ecological modelling, time series analysis or conservation science
-Excellent time and data management and interpersonal skills
-Evidence of well-developed verbal and written communication skills

Desirable characteristics

-Publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
-Experience with stochastic data simulation and analysis
-Knowledge of script-based statistical languages such as R or Python

How to enquire

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please contact Dr. Nicholas Clark at n.clark@uq.edu.au. The expression of interest should include a cover letter and CV including names and contact details of 3 referees (2 pages max) and an academic transcript. Short-list applicants will be interviewed (via video conferencing if necessary) to better determine the applicant’s fit, motivations and capabilities.

COVID-19 information

With current travel bans extending the timeframe for international applicants to commence, UQ will only accept on-shore (domestic and international students residing in Australia) applicants for this scholarship. If the commencing candidate is onshore but interstate, they will be required to come to Queensland to begin.

Expressions of interest will close 14th June 2021

PhD projects at Monash University/The University of Melbourne

Two exciting PhD projects available at Monash with Dr Tim Peterson (tim.peterson@monash.edu). You will work with a dynamic and industry-aligned team at Monash and the University of Melbourne to statistically explore long-term hydrological change (see presentation-1 and presentation-2 for background ideas). Successful applicants will receive a stipend top-up of $8,000 p.a. tax-free (plus university stipend of $29k p.a.). For international students, send your CV to Tim by 14 March. For Australian nationals please contact him by 1 May.

2 PhD positions in Norway: fishing technology and innovation & fisheries innovation and development

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

PhD / doctoral research fellow in fishing technology (semi-autonomy) and innovation.

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has a position available for a PhD / doctoral research fellow in fishing technology (semi-autonomy) and innovation. The position is affiliated with The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS) and the research groups BRIDGE and HARVEST.

NCFS undertakes research and research-based teaching of high national and international quality in a multi- and interdisciplinary environment. Research activity is provisionally organized into groups focusing on social and cultural aspects of fisheries, living marine resources, seafood science, fish health, marine drug discovery, technology, resource management, and resource economics.

The research group BRIDGE carries out research within the following main areas: fisheries / living marine resources management; fisheries biology; marine ecology and oceanography; technology.

The research group HARVEST carries out research within the following main areas: selectivity and bycatch issues (with focus on the Arctic fisheries); experimental designs (on board research and commercial vessels); developing new models and data-analyses (i.e. novelty in statistics); testing of modified and new designs of fishing gears.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer. The positions is for a period of 3 years.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor
(PhD) are available here.

PhD in fisheries innovation and development

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, The Facuty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has a position available for a PhD in fisheries innovation and development. The position is affiliated with The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS) and the research groups BRIDGE and HARVEST. The successful applicant is expected to start the employment as soon as possible after the acceptance of the job offer, and within six months after recieving the offer of appointment. Work place is in Tromsø.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of 3 years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD program is a prerequisite for employment, and the program period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD program and regulations for the degree of Philosophae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics PhD web pages.

NCFS undertakes research and research-based teaching of high national and international quality in a multi- and interdisciplinary environment. Research activity is provisionally organized into groups focusing on social and cultural aspects of fisheries, living marine resources, seafood science, fish health, marine drug discovery, technology, resource management, and resource economics.

The research group BRIDGE carries out research within the following main areas: social and cultural aspects of fisheries, fisheries / living marine resources management; fisheries biology; marine ecology and oceanography; technology.

The research group HARVEST carries out research within the following main areas: selectivity and bycatch issues (with focus on Arctic fisheries); experimental designs (on board research and commercial vessels); developing new models and data-analyses (i.e. novelty in statistics); testing of modified and new designs of fishing gears.

Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2020

Dear RMA members,
The Rollie Lamberson Award celebrates the contribution of Professor Emeritus Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association by recognizing each year an outstanding paper in natural resource modeling in the previous two years. See http://resourcemodeling.org/lamberson/ or below for more details.
All papers published in journal Natural Resource Modeling during the previous two calendar years (namely 2017-2018) will be considered automatically provided at least one of the authors is a current member.
Papers published in other journals may be nominated for consideration provided at least one of the co-authors is a current RMA member. To be considered, the submission must comprise:
  • an electronic version of the paper in English,
  • a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award. 
Send me your nominations  <luc.doyen@u-bordeaux.fr> or to RMA contact http://resourcemodeling.org/contact_us/. The submission for the 2020 award will be closed on December 31, 2019.
Regards
Luc Doyen
President RMA