» PhD Scholarship on “Conflict and Development” (Right Livelihood College Bonn) 3-year PhD scholarship The position starts as of August 1, 2013 Qualified applicants should come from a developing or transition country (according to DAC list)
Organisation/Location: Based at the RLC Campus Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany Application deadline: 31-March-2013 Website: http://www.rlc-bonn.de/
Details:The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global capacity building initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award, known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". The RLC Campus at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, promotes cooperation and exchange between winners of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, researchers and policy makers in fields of sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America (www.rlc-bonn.de). The RLC Campus Bonn is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
In this context, RLC Bonn and DAAD offer a 3 - year PhD scholarship for candidates from developing and transition countries to carry out an empirical PhD research project related to the topic “Conflict and Development”. The topic refers to the issue that in the last two decades development takes places in an environment which is more and more characterized by fragile state structures, endemic violence and political instability. In this respect, themes such as human security, humanitarian interventions or the civil - military nexus become increasingly important.
ZEF, the host institute of the RLC Campus Bonn, ranks among the Top 10 of Science and Technology Think Tanks worldwide. It is based in the City of Bonn in Germany - a center of international scientific, development and UN organizations.
The candidate will be integrated into the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program, a structured PhD program in English language (www.zef.de/doctoralprogram.html). ZEFs doctoral program is unique in Europe in terms of interdisciplinarity, internationality (students from 80 countries), and size (around 30 new PhD students each year).
Qualified applicants should come from a developing or transition country (according to DAC list, see:www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/entwicklung/dac-liste.pdf) and currently reside there. They should hold an excellent master’s or equivalent degree in peace and conflict studies, political sciences, development studies, sociology or related disciplines and have outstanding empirical research expertise. Experience in interdisciplinarity is an asset. Fluency in English is mandatory. The age limit is 32 years.
The scholarship is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for 3 years. It covers a PhD junior researcher position at ZEF in Bonn and respective costs for travel and research. The position starts as of August 1, 2013.
Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors
Certified academic degree documents (as PDF)
PhD proposal related to ‘conflict and development‘ (max. 5 pages)
RLC Application Form
All documents are to be submitted in English. Closing date for applications is March 31, 2013. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection process is due to be completed by mid of April.
Please send your applications via e-mail to: Dr. Till Stellmacher: firstname.lastname@example.org RLC Campus Bonn/ Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), University of Bonn Walter Flex Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany
» 4 PhD Scholarships for Kenyan applicants: Pastoral meat value chains (DITSL) These studies will be jointly implemented between University of Nairobi, the National Museums of Kenya and the German Institute for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Germany. PhD candidates will be registered at either the University of Nairobi or at the University of Kassel. GlobE Project RELOAD: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains
Organisation/Location: DITSL at the University of Kassel, research activities in Kenya Application deadline: Selection of candidates will start on 1st of May 2013 and continue until positions are filled Website: http://ditsl.org/
Details: Organisation/Project: These studies will be jointly implemented between University of Nairobi, the National Museums of Kenya and the German Institute for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Germany. GlobE Project: RELOAD: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains Application deadline: Selection of candidates will start on 1st of May 2013 and continue until positions are filled.
RELOAD: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains builds a research network between partners in Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. It is a 5 year collaborative project led by the Institute for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kassel in Germany. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and starts in June 2013.
In Kenya, one focus of RELOAD is on pastoral meat value chains. The high losses along the meat value chain include material losses i.e. weight loss prior to slaughter, wastage of animal products and byproducts, losses in quality as meat products are highly perishable and economic losses due to low net profit margins for the producers. Four PhD thesis projects will analyse different possibilities to reduce losses and increase efficiency along the pastoral meat value chains. These studies will be jointly implemented between University of Nairobi, the National Museums of Kenya and the German Institute for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Germany.
PhD candidates will be registered at either the University of Nairobi or at the University of Kassel.
The following PhD topics are on offer. In all cases applicants need to have very good knowledge on pastoral production.
Assessing the potential of stratified livestock production and marketing systems to reduce losses along the pastoral meat value chain. Interest and good knowledge on: Rangeland management, livestock nutrition and husbandry and livestock marketing. Contact: Dr. Oliver Wasonga, University of Nairobi, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship starts in January 2014.
Assessing the potential of pastoral marketing associations to reduce economic losses. Interest and good knowledge on: community based approaches, farmer groups and collective action, institutional economy, network analysis, linking farmers to markets. Contact Assoc. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann, DITSL, email email@example.com or Dr. Oliver Wasonga, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Starts in January 2014.
Upgrading traditional meat preservation techniques. Interest and good knowledge on: Value addition in meat processing, food science, community based approaches, indigenous knowledge in pastoral production system, micro-enterprise development. Contact: Dr. Hassan Roba, National Museums of Kenya, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Scholarship starts in August 2013.
Collaborative learning approaches for stakeholders in the pastoral meat value chain. Interest and good knowledge on: Designing interactive learning: adult learning & experiential learning; facilitating and managing learning processes. Contact: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann, firstname.lastname@example.org. Starts in September 2013.
For each topic we offer a PhD scholarship and the research funds to pursue empirical field research. Furthermore candidates will be able to access research infrastructure at the University of Nairobi, the National Museums of Kenya and the DITSL in Witzenhausen in Germany.
Qualifications of the applicants:
Excellent master or equivalent degree in agricultural sciences, natural resource management, range management, animal production, veterinary sciences, agricultural economics, geography, development studies or related fields.
Very good English communication and writing skills
Team work orientation and networking skills.
You are a particularly suitable candidate if you:
have your family background in pastoral systems.
have practiced and liked participatory research and cooperation with practitioners.
Have experience in the area of the PhD study for which you apply.
Female and male applicants are equally encouraged to apply for these positions.
Application Please specify the topic to which you apply and provide a statement of motivation for you to choose this topic. Submit your documents to the respective contact person. Application documents comprise: A letter of motivation (indicating the topic you apply for), Curriculum Vitae, Publication list, Summary of the master thesis, Copies of relevant certificates, Contact details of 2-3 referees. Please submit these documents by email in one single PDF file. Selection of candidates will start on 1st of May 2013 and continue until positions are filled.
» PostDoc position – Transdisciplinary research to reduce post-harvest losses and to add value in food value chains (DITSL) Project: GlobE Project: RELOAD; subproject: “Transdisciplinary research: Stakeholder processes, knowledge integration and collaborative learning” 3 years starting 1st of July 2013
Organisation/Location: DITSL at the University of Kassel, research activities in Kenya Application deadline: 30-April-2013, or until the position is filled Website: http://ditsl.org/
Details: DITSL is a non-profit limited liability company (GmbH) at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences of the University of Kassel at Witzenhausen. DITSL conducts research on agricultural systems as human activity systems following an inter- and transdisciplinary social-ecological approach.
We are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated and innovative scientist for a Post Doc position in the frame of the collaborative research project RELOAD: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by the University of Kassel in Germany.
Within RELOAD, DITSL leads the subproject “Transdisciplinary research: Stakeholder processes, knowledge integration and collaborative learning”. We will investigate food value chains (mainly milk and meat and to some extent vegetables, grains and tubers) as human activity systems, with a focus on communication, collaboration and competition of various actors. Research will focus on actors, their goals, perspectives, strategies, activities, needs and room for maneuvre. Starting out from a stakeholder analysis and the formation of stakeholder platforms, we will offer learning opportunities to the actors to reveal control options in food value chains - so that losses can be reduced and value addition enhanced. We will explore possibilities for collective action by producer groups to bring about benefits especially in the areas of strengthening marketing capacity and market linkages. The Post Doc:
will lead research activities in Kenya and is expected to conduct field research for about 4 - 6 months per year,
will advance methodology in transdisciplinary research,
will contribute to capacity building through training of PhD and MSc students,
will support project management (financial, logistic, reporting),
will coordinate the research activities with other partners in the RELOAD project.
We offer a Post Doc position (TV_L 13, 80 %) for 3 years starting 1st of July 2013. The project contains the research funds to pursue extended empirical research abroad. Qualifications of the applicant:
PhD in agricultural/rural -sociology, -economics, -development or -system science, human or economic geography, organizational behaviour or related discipline.
Practical experience in (community based) action research, in designing and facilitating learning processes with producer organisations or in value chain development.
Interest and experience in working with scientists of other disciplines and with societal stakeholders in Kenya (and to a limited extent in Ethiopia and Uganda).
Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of German and/or Kiswahili is an asset.
Very good writing skills, team work orientation and good communication skills.
Female and male applicants are equally encouraged to apply for this position. Application documents:
A letter of motivation
Summary of the PhD thesis
Copies of relevant certificates
Contact details of 2-3 referees
Please submit these documents by email in a single PDF file to PD Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann ( email@example.com). Candidate screening will start May 1st 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Contact: PD Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann, DITSL GmbH Witzenhausen at the University of Kassel Steinstrasse 19, 37213 Witzenhausen, Phone: +49 (0) 5542 607 19 (direct)
» Post-Doctoral position “Improved nutrient and carbon management strategies and gas emission modeling” (University of Kassel) Full-time fixed term-position for three years, starting 01.06.2013, with an option for a 2-year extension, corresponding to § 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG, subject to the approval of funds.
Organisation/Location: Group Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel / Burkina Faso and Ghana Application deadline: 10-April-2013 Website: http://www.urbanfoodplus.org/index.php?id=87
Details: UrbanFoodPlus is a multi-disciplinary network of German, African, and international scientists, private sector representatives, and stakeholders which aims at developing site-specific, farmer-tailored innovations for improved agricultural production, food safety, and value chains in four major West African cities (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Tamale, Ghana; Bamako, Mali; and Bamenda, Cameroon). In the context of this project, a postdoctoral position is available for “Improved nutrient and carbon management strategies and gas emission modeling”. The position cannot be shared. Main place of service is Witzenhausen, regular field work in Africa for several months per year will be required. Fitness for service in the tropics is therefore mandatory.
Specifications: The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Designing and managing field experiments and demonstration sites in Burkina Faso and Ghana to explore nutrient management innovations which aim at increased nutrient use efficiency in vegetable production (locally available soil & manure additives, biochar)
Supporting PhD students who determine bottlenecks in on-farm nutrient management and test improved management strategies in close collaboration with our African and international (CGIAR) partners
Quantifying gaseous emissions in urban and periurban gardens and fields and using the collected data for the adaptation and evaluation of the DNDC model - Collaborating with other post-doctoral scientists in linking the DNDC model to the NUANCES modeling framework
Supervising 2-3 PhD and MSc students during their field work and in overall data processing
Coordinating the GIS data collection in cooperation with the post-doctoral scientist responsible for food insecurity risk mapping
Contributing to the extension activities in close collaboration with the international and local partners and organizing local and international workshops
PhD degree in agronomy or related fields obtained from a European, North American or Australian university
Experience in experimental design and management and in modeling
Experience in field work abroad for extended periods of time
Knowledge of processes determining nutrient fluxes and losses from agroecosystems
Fluent knowledge of English and French language, German language is of advantage
Ability and willingness to work in a dedicated team with an international and intercultural background
Application deadline: April 10, 2013
The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly invited to apply. In case of equal qualification, disabled persons will be given preferential consideration. Applications shall indicate the position number and title and shall contain a letter of interest, a CV, copies of all university degrees and contact details of two referees (full address including email). Both, a hard copy and digital version of the application are required! The hard copy should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, Mönchebergstr. 19, 34109 Kassel, Germany. The digital version (acceptable only as single pdf file!) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information refer to the project website http://www.urbanfoodplus.org or to Dr. Ellen Hoffmann, University of Kassel, Tel: +49 5542 98 1251, Email: email@example.com.