UNEP internships

Students from a wide range of disciplines are able to apply, and depending on qualifications, are selected for internships that relate either to the organization’s strategic activities or to administrative or technical functions. Internships afford you the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization.
  • The applicant MUST be in his/her third or fourth year of under-graduate (BA/BSc.) or in a graduate (Masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme, and must continue to be enrolled during the period of the internship and after.
  • Willingness to intern on a full-time basis spending five days a week for a period of not less than THREE MONTHS and not exceeding SIX MONTHS.
  • Send a letter of endorsement from his/her educational institution, attesting to the fact that he/she is currently a registered student and will continue to be enrolled for the envisaged period of the internship. A letter from any one of the following personnel is suggested:
    • Dean of Students or Dean of Faculty
    • Registrar
    • Placement Office
  • Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of any other UN language (French or Spanish) is an advantage

What to do when you don’t know what studies to choose

Have you ever, or are you asking yourself about what studies you should choose from the millions that are offered in the World? Below you can find some tips that may help you get started, clarify concepts and reduce uncertainties.

1. Whenever you can, visit the centres, “spy” the people and infrastructures around, develop the situational awareness.

2. Ask for information and request an appointment with the organizers or tutors of the courses. Prepare these meetings in advance with all the questions that come into your mind focusing on finding out more about, not only the programmes, but also the lecturers. Go to the information sessions and the education fairs. Do not believe the myths, only the facts. Read carefully all the courses details in the curricula, webpages, leaflets and any document that you have compiled.

3. Analyze pros and cons for each course and give special weigh to both: those topics that you most like and the work opportunities that you have more chance of obtaining. It simply means letting go and being yourself, being free to trust your instinct and follow your passions. Life is too short and hard to do things that you do not love or that you cannot make a living from them.

4. It can be importat to include the Environment aspects in the previous point: public transportation, cost of living, support networks and workmates, distance from home-land, gender distribution, accommodation, countryside, communication, cultural shock, climate, friends, local industries. In fact, you can do this research during the first item above.

5. If you are confused, think about your friends and talk to people that have passed through the same some time ago. Again, do not believe the myths.

6. Still in doubt? Make a spreadsheet, fill it with a quantitative scale and the highest score could be your answer.

Did you like it? Which one did you like the most? Do you dis-/agree? Would you add anything else? Would you change or comment any of those points? You can comment just here.

And, if you think that this would help someone you know to make up hir/her mind, you can resend this post using the menu at the top right of the screen.

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Remunerated PhD positions

  1. PhD position No. 11 in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN HypoTRAIN: Linking flow, biogeochemical cycling and micropollutant transformation
    Country:GERMANY | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 15/05/2015
  2. PhD position No. 5 in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN HypoTRAIN: Coupled reactive transport modelling of hyporheic zone processes
    Country:GERMANY | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 15/05/2015
  3. PhD position with a focus on large-scale surface water-groundwater exchange
    Country:SWEDEN | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 08/01/2015
  4. PhD position in atmospheric chemistry
    Country:FRANCE | Organisation: The Opal-Coast University | Research fields: Chemistry, Environmental science | Application deadline: 31/01/2015
  5. PhD position No. 4 in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN HypoTRAIN: Biogeochemical processing along hyporheic flow paths
    Country:GERMANY | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 15/05/2015

10 doctoral fellowships in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Natural Sciences

SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 10 doctoral fellowships to begin on April 1st, 2015. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.

Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from October 14th until November 16th, 2014. Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply. For further information please visit http://www.analytical-sciences.de

15 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers, ESR) in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ETN Project REDMUD

Complete information here.

Positions number 7 and 8 are below.

ESR 7: Process Intensification for rare earth element recovery from BR
Objectives: To intensify the leaching of REEs from BR by different mineral acids by the use of ultrasound reactors, and to determine the optimal process parameters; To use carbon dioxide for the neutralisation of BR.
Host: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Supervisor: Prof. T. Van Gerven (tom.vangerven@cit.kuleuven.be) & Prof. K. Binnemans
Duration*: 36 months

ESR 8: Recovery of rare earths with supported ionic liquid phases  
Objectives: To use supported ionic liquid phases (SILPs) to recover REEs, and especially Sc, from acidic leachates; To develop models to describe the sorption of the metal ions on the SILPs; To investigate different ionic liquid/solid support combinations in SILPs; To perform separation experiments with SILPs in chromatographic columns.
Host: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Supervisor: Prof. K. Binnemans (koen.binnemans@chem.kuleuven.be) Duration*: 36 months

Censo Visual de Nutria

El Voluntariado Ambiental WWF España organiza Censo Visual de Nutria, del 27 al 29 de Junio del 2014, con llegada el viernes, 27, a las 17 h (información aquí).

Para participar  es obligatorio rellenar la ficha de inscripción adjunta (sólo se puede solicitar una actividad por persona) y enviarla a voluntariado@wwf.es.
Dan prioridad a las solicitudes que llegan próximas a las zonas de actuación de las actividades, para implicar más a la población local sobre la conservación de sus espacios naturales. 

Aviso importante: Dado que puede haber personas que no pueden participar por falta de plaza, te rogamos que cuando envíes tu solicitud tengas muy claro que vas a poder participar en esas fechas y que adquieras el compromiso y responsabilidad de hacerlo, comunicando tu baja solo en casos de absoluta emergencia. Si no lo tienes claro, es mejor que esperes a la proximidad de la fecha de celebración de la actividad. Ya sabes que se hace control de presencia: una asistencia supone un punto positivo; una ausencia supone un punto negativo, salvo justificación por escrito del motivo de la ausencia; cuando la suma de positivos y negativos llega a -3, eso supone la baja del voluntario/a de la Base de Datos de Voluntariado de WWF España. Es la única forma que se nos ocurre para protegeros a los que sois serios/as y responsables frente a los que no lo son tanto