13/04/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Science 4 Refugees

Skill-For.Action - 12 fully funded research position in forest ecology and applied science of forest engineering available for Early Stage Researchers (ESR)


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universita degli Studi di Padova
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesForest sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    23/05/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    36-40
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    936355

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The ETN Skill-For.Action project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 12 fully funded Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), with attractive complementary training activities and associated research and travel budgets and the enrollment in graduated schools with the opportunity to achive PhD title.

ETN Skill-For.Action integrates the fundamental research in forest ecology and applied science of forest engineering. This integration is crucial and innovative to comprehensively understand carbon dynamics in forests in terms of feedback between carbon sequestrations and release. Overarching objective of ETN Skill-For.Action is to provide high-level training and education in adaptive and integrative forest management under global changes to a new generation of ESRs for a successful career in the forest sector and natural resource management. The education follows an innovative, interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach by a specific and unique combination of applied research and training activities delivered by academic and non-academic partners to strengthen complementary soft skills.

The Skill-For.Action consortium is composed of 10 academic partners and 11 academic and non-academic partners organisations from 6 different countries. It gathers complementary expertise in forest growth and yield modelling, tree nutrition and isotope analyses, fuel consumption and emissions as well as experience in forest operation management and interactive 3D simulations.

Successful candidates will be hosted by the ETN Skill-For.Action Consortium consisting of universities, research institutions and companies in Germany, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Spain as well as Switzerland. They will also benefit from an excellent scientific environment, up-to-date technologies and supervision by international leaders in the field. They will learn to integrate academic and industrial aspects in their research work and they will sharpen their experimental and complementary skills in a well-designed and diversified and unprecedented training program

Project coordinator - Stefano Grigolato - stefano.grigolato@unipd.it

Below is a list of the 12 ESR/PhD positions that are available. To apply for a specific project or position, you will find the respective information on Euraxess job search tool (search for Skill-For.Action).

Specific requirements for the respective ESRs' applications can be found in each individual project description. Before starting the application, it is suggested to verify the Eligibility criteria for the ESRs recruited in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Network.

 

ESR01  Integrating LIDAR information into operational mixed forests growth and yield models

Recruiting Institution: UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID, Valladolid, Spain

Enrolling PhD school: Escuela de Doctorado de la Universidad de Valladolid-ESDUVA, Valladolid, Spain

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and environmental backgrounds.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Felipe Bravo (email: fbravo@pvs.uva.es)

 

ESR02 Drought resistance and growth stability of trees and stand in dependence of species identity, stand density, and structure

 

Recruiting Institution: Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Freising, Germany

Enrolling PhD school: TUM Graduated School, Freising, Germany

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and environmental backgrounds.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Hans Pretzsch (email: hans.pretzsch@tum.de)

 

ESR03 Growth resistance and resilience of tree species to drought stress in even- versus uneven-aged forests

Recruiting Institution: Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Institute of Forest Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Enrolling PhD school: SGGW graduated program, Warsaw, Poland

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and environmental backgrounds.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Kamil Bielak (email: kamil_bielak@sggw.edu.pl)

 

ESR04 Species-specific functional response to drought stress and the relevance for intra- and interspecific interaction

Recruiting Institution: Institution Nacional de Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid, Spain 

Enrolling PhD school: Escuela de Doctorado de la Universidad de Valladolid-ESDUVA, Spain

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and environmental backgrounds.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Marta Pardos (email: pardos@inia.es)

 

ESR05 Relationship between stand density, nutrition, productivity and water use efficiency in pure pine stand

Recruiting Institution: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Enrolling PhD school: PhD programme in Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and environmental backgrounds.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Ben du Toit (email: ben@sun.ac.za)

 

ESR06 Effect of Nitrogen deposition on C sink potential of temperate forests

Recruiting Institution: Libera Università di Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy

Enrolling PhD school: PhD program in Mountain Environment and Agriculture, Bolzano, Italy

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and environmental backgrounds.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Giustino Tonon (email: giustino.tonon@unibz.it)

 

ESR07 CO2 emission control in forest operations

Recruiting Institution: Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy

Enrolling PhD school: PhD Program Land, Environment, Resources and Health, Legnaro PD, Italy

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and engineering backgrounds

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Stefano Grigolato (email: stefano.grigolato@unipd.it)

 

ESR08 Soil wheel CO2 interaction

Recruiting Institution: Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des

Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Enrolling PhD school: PhD Program Land, Environment, Resources and Health, Legnaro PD, Italy

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and engineering backgrounds

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Thilo Wagner (email: thilo.wagner@wald-und-holz.nrw.de)

 

ESR09  Intelligent combination of airborne data and terrestrial LiDAR for obtaining micro surface, tree and assortment data for an improved timber harvesting planning

Recruiting Institution: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Enrolling PhD school: PhD programme in Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and engineering backgrounds

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Bruce Talbot (email: bruce@sun.ac.za)

 

ESR10 Forest machine simulation for resource efficient production 

Recruiting Institution: RWTH Aachen University - RWTH, Aachen, Germany

Enrolling PhD school: PhD program of the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Jürgen Roßmann (email: rossmann@mmi.rwth-aachen.de)

 

ESR11 Optimisation analysis for harvesting strategies (at the stand level)

Recruiting Institution: Berner Fachhochschule, Switzerland 

Enrolling PhD school: PhD programme in Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and engineering backgrounds

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Martin Ziesak (email: martin.ziesak@bfh.ch)

 

ESR12 Opportunities and limitations of robust optimization in forest management on enterprise level

Recruiting Institution: Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Freising, Germany

Enrolling PhD school: TUM Graduated School, Germany

The ESR position is addressed to Master graduates with either forestry, agriculture or/and enviromental backgrounds

Specific requirements: link

Contact name: Thomas Knoke (email: knoke@tum.de)

 

More Information

Benefits

The salary of the Early Stage Reseacher or PhD candidate consists of the gross Monthly Living Allowance of 3,270 EUR per month pondered by the EU correction coefficient (specific for the countries where the enrolling Institutions are located - link); in addition, a Mobility Allowance of 600 EUR per month will be paid, and also possibly another 500 EUR per month of Family Allowance depending on family status.

The Early Stage Reseacher or PhD candidate salary is subject to local tax, social benefit and other deductions following national regulations.

 

Eligibility criteria

Skill-For.Action is a European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie program. This funding scheme places some restrictions on the eligibility of applicants. Please check the following eligibility requirements. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, we can check that for you – contact us to skillforaction.tesaf@unipd.it

 

Eligible researchers

You must be an Early-Stage Researcher, which is defined as being in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not having been awarded a doctoral degree. Your “research career” starts from the date on which you obtained the degree necessary for entry to a doctoral program: normally that will be the graduation date of your Master's degree.

 

Mobility requirements

  • You can be of any nationality;
  • You will normally need to move country when taking up your position;
  • You can move within Europe, or move from outside Europe;
  • The rule states that you must have spent less than 12 months out of the last 3 years in the country of the position you are applying for;
  • You can apply for a position in the same country that you have just completed a 1-year Master's degree in, provided that you lived in a different country for the two years prior to that;
  • You can apply for a position in your home country, provided that you resided or carried out your main activity outside of that country for more than 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your appointment.
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Other conditions

Admission to the PhD programs of Skill-For.Action partners is generally subject to a further assessment by the PhD committees of each institution.

 

Selection process

Interested students are asked to submit their application within May 23th, 2021 at 11.00 PM Central European Time (CET) through the following application form link.

We will inform you about i) the pre-selection results and ii) the invitation to the interview (only for the pre-selected) within end of May 2021. In case you are pre-selected, the interview (on-line by zoom platform) will be scheduled from the beginning of June 2021 to half of June 2021. Results of the final selection will be published within end of June 2021.

For each of the Early Stage Researchers positions a recruitment panel adhering to strict gender equality and equal opportunity rules will be set up consisting of at least three members of the Skill-For.Action recruitment commission. Selection criteria will encompass the potential as researchers, creativity, level of independence, teamwork ability, knowledge, and communication experience and availability for the intended start date. Start date of the positions can be as early as September 2021 but all positions must be filled by October 2021.

 

Additional comments

The application form requires to upload the following mandatory documents each one in .pdf format:

  1. CV (in English using Europass CV format - https://europa.eu/europass/en/create-europass-cv) with relevant work and study experience (if any) and adding other relevant information, e.g. a list of publications (if any);
  2. Copy of a valid ID card or passport;
  3. Motivation letter (free format, max 2 pages, in English) describing research interests, main skills, career plans and the reasons for applying to the selected ESR position/s (in case of more than one – but maximum three - please describe the reason for each of them);
  4. Two reference letters (at least one from an academic or research person);
  5. The following other mandatory documents should be uploaded altogether inside one archive file (eg. ZIP or RAR) to keep the evidence of the CV:
  • Copy of diploma/degree/master’s/bachelor’s certificates and any licenses to practice with final mark
  • List of the exam and mark obtained
  • Copy of Master’s thesis
  • Evidence of prior employment at a university/in a research environment (if any)
  • Copy of any published papers/reports (if any)
  • Evidence of vocational training certificates (if any)
  • Evidence of certificate(s) of employment (if any)
  • Relevant certificate(s) of English language proficiency (English language required at B2 level or higher) (if any)
  • Evidence or declaration of the status of military service/alternative service

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Agricultural sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

The candidate must have a keen interest and solid knowledge in forest science including forest ecology and forest engineering. In the case of ESR10 it is recommended the interest in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science applied to forestry.

Specific Requirements

Please, see the eligibility criteria (link)  and the ESR specific requirements (link).

Map Information

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universidad de Valladolid
Spain
Valladolid
1 position(s) available at
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Germany
Freising
1 position(s) available at
Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Institute of Forest Sciences
Poland
Warsaw
1 position(s) available at
Institution Nacional de Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria
Spain
Madrid
2 position(s) available at
Stellenbosch University
South Africa
Stellenbosch
1 position(s) available at
Libera Università di Bolzano
Italy
Bolzano
1 position(s) available at
Università degli studi di Padova
Italy
Padova
1 position(s) available at
Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Germany
Arnsberg
1 position(s) available at
Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Germany
Aachen
1 position(s) available at
Berner Fachhochschule
Switzerland
Bern
1 position(s) available at
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Germany
Freising

EURAXESS offer ID: 627117

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