ecosystems | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans - Part 2

Research Fellow in Biology, University of St Andrews, UK

This position contributes towards the “Coastal Zone” Joint Research Theme of MASTS, specifically to examine the interactions between coastal biodiversity and ecosystem function, assess how these might be better linked to goods and services, and examine their relevance to the valuation of coastal ecosystems.

You will be statistically literate, highly motivated, with good communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge of the biodiversity-ecosystem function debate, and an interest in the application of science to policy. You will join the Sediment Ecology Research Group at the Scottish Oceans Institute but will work closely with partner institutes.
This position is available for 4 years, funded by Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (MASTS).

Scholarship Application Deadline:28 March 2011

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Remote Sensing and GIS, Cotonou

The Post?Doctoral Fellow will be based at the temporary headquarters of Africa Rice in Cotonou, Benin and will work under the supervision of the Program 2 Leader. She or he will be responsible for:
– Evaluating and applying methodologies for mapping the distribution of rice in different
ecosystems in Africa using remote sensing, GIS and national statistics;
– The development, validation and application of innovative approaches to map abiotic and biotic stress distribution in rice production systems in Africa;
– Performing spatial analysis in a GIS environment to identify suitable areas for adoption of stress?tolerant varieties by combining remote sensing obtained maps and survey data;
-Prepare presentations and publish research results in peer?reviewed journals.
– Developing research proposals, and
– Undertaking any other duties as requested by the Program 2 Leader.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 15 February 2011 or until the position is filled.

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Senior Research Fellowship in Hydrogeology /Groundwater Management

IWMI currently has three senior fellows, whose role is to provide international scientific leadership in specific areas of water science and management. We are seeking a forth Fellow to promote and lead our work on improved utilization and management of groundwater. A key role of the Fellow will be to stimulate innovative thinking and management options for sustainable use of groundwater in irrigation and multiple use water systems, and to develop new projects for IWMI and its partners to undertake as part of the new Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. IWMI operates in Asia and Africa. The Fellow would be based in either Colombo or Accra, but would be expected to contribute to innovative projects on groundwater resources and their management in both Africa and Asia. The Fellow will report to either the Director General or Deputy Director General.
You must possess:
– PhD or equivalent experience in hydrogeology and/or groundwater management, or related field;
– minimum of 20 years’ postdoctoral experience in the field of groundwater science and management in multifunctional agricultural systems;
– demonstrated research experience in groundwater resources assessment and/or management;
-demonstrated experience of successful working in and leading high performing teams;
– track record of representing an organization at a senior level, and working closely with senior colleagues;
– excellent knowledge of water management at a range of scales, including principles of water productivity and interaction of irrigation with other users and the environment, in developing countries;
– a solid record of publications in refereed international journals;
– ability to form and maintain partnerships with local institutions and stakeholders to facilitate delivery of outcomes;
– very good personal, organizational and interpersonal skills; and
– excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 21 March 2011

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