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MSc Research Grant in the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

One MSc Research position and bursary is available on a Rockefeller Foundation funded research project on climate in agricultural systems of Uganda, in the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Makerere University. The goal of the project is to provide a framework for developing farm and community level adaptation strategies to climate change in Uganda’s agricultural and natural resources management systems. In this regard the project intends to; 1). Assess vulnerability of agro-ecological zones to climate variability and change, and 2). Identify adaptation measures to the effects of change on a selected agro-enterprise within an agro-ecological zone.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 20th May 2011

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Grid Computing for Landslide Modelling, UK

This project will establish large-scale resource provisioning and sophisticated data mining for landslide modelling for use in risk reduction. It will couple Grid software, developed for the Large Hadron Collider, with proven, cutting-edge software in the field of slope hydrology and geotechnics. You will develop the current proof of principle system. The new system will include the following features: transparent use of large scale computing resources; secure, transparent storage and access to data and appropriate authentication and authorization mechanisms with auditing, accounting and charging mechanisms.

You will have experience of the Python scripting language, as well as experience of Grid or Cloud computing. You will also have good knowledge of metadata management and proven ability to deliver sustainable software in an agile development environment. The project will be carried out as a partnership between Particle Physicists in the University of Bristol Department of Physics, and academics within the School of Geographical Sciences.

If you have received an application pack, please complete and return the enclosed application form in the envelope provided, together with a covering letter and a copy of your CV, including the details requested on the ‘Information in support of your application’ page of the application form.

Please note the following:
• We will only be able to consider you for this vacancy if you complete the application process outlined above – a CV alone will not be considered.
• Only include the information requested – copies of qualification, certificates, letters of reference, journal articles and any other additional documents are not required at this stage.
• It is important that you quote the reference number 15582 on the application form.
• The closing date for applications is 9.00am, 24th August 2010.
• We regret that we are unable to write to all applicants regarding the outcome of their application. Therefore, if you have not been invited for interview within four weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.
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