We want you!

We are looking for a student that wants to do a short research stay in The University of Sheffield, UK

The student should be highly motivated to do research and experimental, lab work.

This is a multidisciplinary project, that fits students from last years of bachelors to PhD degree, from degrees on environmental sciences, geotechnical engineering, chemistry, hydrology or geology .

Research Areas: Environmental Sciences, Geology, Hydrology, Geotechnical engineering, Chemistry.

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Project Description

Title: Evaluation of recycled landfill barriers against pollution: from centrifuge scale to reality
Research topic of the short-stay period:
The dumping of waste produces a toxic liquid (namely leachate) that percolates downwards, polluting the surrounding areas and groundwater. To stop the migration of the leachate pollutants, barriers are required. The objective is to predict the performance of recycled and reactive barriers in the long term to build sustainable landfills. For this, we will use one of the biggest (2-m diameter) and most advanced geotechnical centrifuge (www.sheffield.ac.uk/ceigr/about). There are only 30 centrifuge of this type in the world and no one in Spain. To mimic the landfill barriers, clays blended with recycled materials will be compacted until 3-10 cm height at their optimum moisture in a cylinder of 10 cm diameter. The compacted cylinders will be permeated with Manchester landfill leachate and gas (50% CO2) while spinning in the centrifuge, to ensure conditions similar to reality. The speed (gravities) and time of spinning (days) set in the centrifuge will provide equivalences to barriers of 2.5 m thickness max. and time of 30-100 years. After centrifugation, each cylinder will be sliced into 6-10 samples, representing different depths of the barrier. The porewater (obtained in aqueous extracts 1/2 -1/2.5 solid-to-liquid ratio after bench centrifugation and 0.45µm-filtration) will be analysed for pH and electrical conductivity (electrodes), major anions and ammonium (IC), metals and rest of major cations (ICP-MS) and carbon (TIC/TOC analyser). The barriers tested will then be ranked from the least to the most effective one. The effect of rainwater on the reversibility of the attenuation will be considered, too.
Knowledge, skills and competences acquired by the student at the end of the short-stay (expected Learning Outcomes):
S/he will:
– acquire scientific knowledge covering from fundamental research (namely experimental analysis of multi-component solute transport in compacted porous media) to applied research (namely geotechnical and geochemical engineering design of barrier systems from first principles)
– develop theoretical, practical and modelling skills in the evaluation and design of sustainable barrier systems to mitigate contaminant emissions from wastes disposal facilities
– access the noteworthy training offered by the host institution, such as:
—> research project, team-building and effective communication
—> academic and research writing in English, good publication practice guidelines and bibliometric analyses
—> effective presentations to different audiences using different media…
Monitoring plan: Available under request
Evaluation plan: Available under request
Benefits of the research short-stay to the host
In turn the student will provide relevant support in lab-scale experiments for studying the attenuation processes through landfill barriers. The supervisor will give continuous training to the student and transfer her/him unique analytical and technical skills, from the very first moment. This will ensure a rapid productive start of the student in the host institution, under appropriate knowledge and direct supervision. Specifically, student will help in the:
– preparation of barriers (homogenizing, sieving, blending, moistening, curing, compacting)
– geotechnical engineering tests (soil consistency and permeability)
– sampling of barriers after geotechnical centrifugation
– preparation of aqueous extracts and determination of moisture contents 
– sample preparation for chemical analyses

Winter School on Sustainable Waste Management

Deadline of Competition Submission: 30 September 2019 (Texas local time)

Participate in the Essay Competition for winning a full or a partial scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School Jan 2020. This is the only international, 2-week course about sustainable waste management, including modern landfills and landfill mining. It offers a good mix of theoretical lectures and practical site visits (have a look to the programme here!).

Spread the word around!

Two current lecturer posts – Sustainable civil and structural engineering – UK

Deadline for submitting applications: 24th of March.

Applications in the areas of infrastructure systems and civil engineering materials, overall applications from candidates with fresh ideas and the desire to make the world a better place, are welcome. Infrastructure systems could include areas of risk, resilience, complexity, economics, and smart and connect systems, with application to multiple infrastructure systems. Civil engineering materials to range from concrete, composite and new sustainable materials, to innovative construction processes, such as on-site robotics and automation.

All info here: www.sheffield.ac.uk/civil/work-with-us

13 febrero – Feria Virtual de Carrera, organizada por ACNUR y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

La Unidad de Funcionarios Internacionales del MAUEC le invita a participar en la Feria Virtual de Carreras organizada por ACNUR y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, que tendrá lugar el 13 de febrero de 2019. Durante la feria podrá comunicar con responsables de reclutamiento de las organizaciones convocantes y obtener más información sobre las oportunidades que ofrecen en América Latina y el Caribe.

La feria está destinada a profesionales hispanohablantes con estudios universitarios nivel master o doctorado, buen nivel de inglés y una experiencia mínima de 5 años en alguno de los campos solicitados por los organizadores:

Administración de Programas y Proyectos, Arquitectura, Asuntos Económicos, Asuntos Humanitarios, Asuntos Políticos, Asuntos Sociales, Auditoría y Evaluación, Compras, Desarrollo, Gestión de Emergencias,  Educación, Información y Comunicación, Ingeniería, Logística, Medicina y Salud Pública, Seguridad, Migraciones y Refugiados, Relaciones Internacionales, , Informática y Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones.

Los profesionales interesados podrán participar desde sus ordenadores o dispositivos móviles en el lugar en que se encuentren.

La selección de los participantes se hará teniendo en cuenta los requisitos establecidos por las organizaciones invitadas.

Puede obtener más información y registrarse enhttps://rebrand.ly/LatamGCF

Becas para realizar estancias de investigación en el extranjero

La Fundación Ramón Areces y la Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero abren sus convocatorias de movilidad internacional para investigadores.

Fundación Ramón Areces (plazo de solicitud hasta el 5 de abril de 2018)

Ampliación de Estudios en el Extranjero en Ciencias de la Vida y de la Materia

La Fundación Ramón Areces tiene como objetivo fundamental el patrocinio de proyectos de investigación científica y técnica en España a través de Concursos Nacionales, la formación de jóvenes investigadores, así como el fomento y desarrollo de la educación y de la cultura en general.

En línea con estos objetivos, la Fundación adjudicará veintidós Becas a doctores jóvenes para que amplíen sus estudios en universidades y centros de investigación en el extranjero durante el curso académico 2018/2019.

La convocatoria del presente año está orientada hacia los campos de:

  • Biomedicina
  • Química
  • Física y Materiales
  • Preservación de la Biosfera

La dotación económica de cada beca es de 2.200 euros mensuales durante un año, prorrogable por un segundo año, previo informe del Consejo Científico de la Fundación. Además, la Fundación se hace cargo de los gastos de viaje (ida y vuelta) y de un seguro de enfermedad y accidentes.

La convocatoria está abierta hasta el día 5 de abril de 2018.

Para más información sobre las solicitudes y los requisitos acudir a la web del programa.

Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero  (plazo de solicitud hasta el 27 de abril de 2018)

Becas de investigación en universidades o centros en el extranjero

Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero convoca 60 becas cuyo objetivo es realizar trabajos de investigación en universidades o centros de investigación en el extranjero, en temas que estén comprendidos en alguna de las siguientes áreas:

  • Agricultura y ganadería
  • Ciencias del mar
  • Ciencias de la salud
  • Tecnología de alimentos

En este caso, la dotación de la beca incluye:

  • Ayuda para traslados e instalación por un importe total de 3.100 euros.
  • Seguro de enfermedad y accidentes suscrito por la Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero y en su caso, el exigido por el centro extranjero.
  • Asignación mensual entre 1.900 y 3.000 euros, según el país de destino.

Las solicitudes se pueden realizar de forma presencial y online hasta el día 27 de abril de 2018.

Más información sobre estas ayudas en la web de la convocatoria.

Postdoc in Environmental Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials – DTU

The Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment) at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as postdoc within the section for Environmental Fate of Effects of Chemicals. The section deals with the environmental impacts and risks of chemicals, complex contaminations and nanomaterials. Our approaches involve laboratory and field experimentation, modelling and often with a regulatory outlook. The position is in the research field of risk assessment of nanomaterials including ecotoxicity evaluation and model development and testing.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main responsibility of the postdoc is to act as the day-to-day coordinator and contributor to DTU Environment’s involvement in the H2020 project caLIBRAte: “Performance testing, calibration and implementation of a next generation system-of-systems Risk Governance Framework for nanomaterials”. You will be involved in the work packages “Environmental risk assessment models” and “Data collation for calibration and gap analysis”, respectively.

You will use your experience in laboratory testing of nanomaterials in evaluation of data and models for environmental risk assessment. In the position you will interact actively with project partners from around Europe as well as with the research team on environmental risk of nanomaterials at DTU Environment. Your tasks involve dissemination of project results through scientific papers, conference contributions and project deliveries as well as interaction with stakeholders. Furthermore, you will represent DTU at project meetings in Denmark and abroad as well as at the bi-yearly caLIBRAte general assemblies.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility. 

  • You must have a detailed and documented knowledge on ecotoxicity testing of nanomaterials
  • You must have experience from H2020 projects in writing deliverables and in project management
  • You should have experience with regulatory issues as well as classification and labelling of chemicals from work in industry or as a consultant
  • You enjoy working with complex topics
  • Your teaching experience is considered a great benefit for the dissemination parts of the position
  • You must have strong coordination and planning skills and an interest for project administration and economy
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years beginning May 1, 2018.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from professor Anders Baun, tel.: +45 4525 1567.

You can read more about DTU Environment on www.env.dtu.dk.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. DTU was recently ranked #7 worldwide in the Shanghai Rankings in Environmental Science & Engineering.

DTU Environment conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The Department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 nationalities.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

 

2-year postdoctoral position at DTU in computational chemistry

A 2-year postdoctoral position is available at DTU Chemistry starting from January, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, in the research group of Professor Kasper Planeta Kepp.

The project involves the study of the large protein complex γ-secretase, whose presenilin 1 subunit is the most significant genetic risk factor of familial early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Many pharmaceutical companies are developing medicine targeting this protein, which produces the infamous peptide Aβ. In 2016 and 2017 we developed the most complete structural and dynamic models of this protein in the membrane using multi-template modelling of available experimental data and extensive molecular dynamics simulation. This has revealed three major conformation states of the protein, the open, semi-open, and closed state, which we plan to target selectively with a new generation of conformation-sensitive medicine using our structures as basis. The project is thus at the forefront of current Alzheimer research and has a distinct competitive advantage by the use of explicit conformation states to direct the drug design.

Responsibilities and tasks

Your work will mainly focus on:

  • Building complete molecular models of substrate complexes with γ-secretase and Notch
  • Performing extensive molecular dynamics studies.
  • Perform chemoinformatic analysis of structure –function relations, including QSAR.
  • Carrying out docking simulations of a large variety of historic and new γ-secretase modulators, including new types specifically targeting the pathogenic conformation state.
  • Drafting manuscripts describing project results.
  • Up to 3½ weeks/year of teaching obligations (group supervision, some minor course teaching) as part of a training towards an academic career

Qualifications
we require the following:

  • Candidates should have a PhD degree in computational chemistry or similar.
  • Strong experience with protein modeling, including molecular dynamics using Gromacs, Desmond, or related programs
  • Good programming and scripting skills.
  • Several first-author papers in good international journals.
  • Independence and good communication skills in English.
  • A strong desire to work in science and continue an academic career.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The position includes an internationally competitive salary and pension package, vacation allowance, and Danish state-paid health care, and the position is for 24 months, with possible extension thereafter.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Kasper Planeta Kepp, tel.: +45 4525 2409.

Application procedure
:
Please submit your online application no later than 1 November 2017 (Local time). Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies

Research positions: any discipline

University of Konstanz
University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany
Three 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships (any discipline represented at the University of Konstanz)
The University of Konstanz, with its “Institutional Strategy to Promote Top-Level Research”, has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments. The Zukunftskolleg is a central…
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University of Konstanz
University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany
Two 5-year Research Fellowships (any discipline represented) & one 5-year Hector Pioneer Fellowship (in the STEM fields)
The University of Konstanz, with its “Institutional Strategy to promote Top-Level Research,” has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments. The Zukunftskolleg is a central…
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Research positions on biogeochemistry, ethohydraulics, permafrost, soil and molecular biology

ETH Zurich  
ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
 
Post-doctoral fellow in biogeochemistry of river systems
 
  The Research Group on Aquatic Chemistry at ETH Zurich and Eawag conducts research on biogeochemical processes in freshwater systems. The team combines chemical sensors, stable isotope methods and numerical modeling to quantify pathways and…
 
Read more   Published 2017-06-22 | Closing on 2017-08-15
 
 
ETH Zurich  
ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
 
Doctoral position on “Ethohydraulics of small fish in streams”
 
  The Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU) together with the Laboratory for Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), both in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich, are seeking a dynamic and motivated doctoral student…
 
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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL  
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
Birmensdorf, Switzerland
 
Head of Research Unit “Snow and Permafrost”
 
  WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF   The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and…
 
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Ghent University  
Ghent University
Gent, Belgium
 
Assistant – Soil Management
 
Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and…
 
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NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research  
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
‘t Horntje, Netherlands
 
Postdoc Viral Molecular Biology (POMVIDDY project)
 
The department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB; department chair prof. dr. J.S. Sinninghe Damsté), is looking for a postdoc with a solid scientific background in (meta)genomics to help us unravel the diversity and activity of polar marine viruses and their hosts…
 
Read more   Published 2017-06-21 | Closing on 2017-08-15
 
 
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research  
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
‘t Horntje, Netherlands
 
PhD-student Polar Viral Diversity & Dynamics
 
The department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB; department chair prof. dr. J.S. Sinninghe Damsté), is looking for a committed PhD-student to help us elucidate the diversity and activity of polar marine viruses and their hosts within the project “Polar marine…
 
Read more   Published 2017-06-21 | Closing on 2017-08-15
 
 
 
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research  
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
‘t Horntje, Netherlands
 
PhD-student Marine Viral Ecology
 
The department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB; department chair prof. dr. J.S. Sinninghe Damsté), is looking for a highly-motivated PhD-student to help unravel the role of viral lysis in the iron cycle in the Antarctic Ocean within the project “Iron…
 
Read more   Published 2017-06-21 | Closing on 2017-08-15

 

Career Workshop 2017