ETH Zurich and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission are inviting applications for PhD positions through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme.
The CDP scheme intends to enhance the science-policy link through strategic collaborations with higher education institutions characterized by research excellence and international reputation, in order to:
Within the CDP framework we are looking for a PhD candidate to:
The objective of this PhD will be to support the development of refined models to address biodiversity impacts of supply chains, linking results with evidence of biodiversity loss at EU and global level. A theoretical and modelling framework for the use of micro data to better understand the dynamic of the biodiversity effect and recovery, to potentially validate biodiversity impacts estimates, to suggest policies that merge supply chain improvements and biodiversity conservations goals. In the first phase, during her/his stay in ETH, the PhD candidate will familiarize with existing biodiversity impact assessment models, conducting a sensitivity of the results and identifying inconsistencies and gaps in the assessment. Based on that, a proposal for a refined model addressing temporal trajectory of biodiversity will be developed, which considers different management and intervention intensities e.g. for land use, overexploitation of resources etc. The candidate will also write and defend her/his research plan. In a second phase during her/his stay at the JRC, the PhD candidate will further develop the model capitalizing on Earth observation data and indicators, calibrating and/or validating the models with empirical data, e.g. the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA; www.dopa.jrc.ec.europa.eu/en/applications) to assess biodiversity within and around protected areas. At a final stage at ETH, the PhD candidate will test the model on different case studies.
We offer a four-year PhD position in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The PhD research will be realized at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, for a period of up to 24 months. We offer a competitive fellowship. While at the JRC in Ispra, you will get a contract as a Grant Holder 20*.
Candidates should have the nationality of a Member State of the EU or a country associated with the Research Framework Programs (Horizon2020) at the start of the employment contract with JRC. Candidates from other countries may also apply, providing they have a residence and work permit in Italy. They will have to go through a security clearance before they can be granted the GH contract.
We look forward to receiving your online application. Applications sent by e-mail or post will not be considered. The selection process is based on the CV, tests and interviews. It is composed of two phases, that is, a first selection is made by ETH Zurich resulting in a short list of candidates and then a second selection is made by JRC. After the selection process, you will enrol in the PhD programme Science and Policy at ETH Zurich hosted by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (plantsciences.ch).
For further information, please visit our website www.esd.ifu.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed by email to Prof. Stefanie Hellweg, email@example.com (no applications).
|Title||PhD position in “Modelling biodiversity impacts in LCA”|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Published||October 17, 2019|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Environmental Science,   Ecology,   Ecological Engineering,   Environmental Engineering,   Remote Sensing,   Geoinformatics (GIS),   Big Data  |