Wednesday, April 27, 2011


FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS: Carbon sequestration, biodiversity and social structures in Southern Amazonia

Positions are located at nine universities and two Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany. Research locations will be in the cities of Cuiabá and Sinop in southern Amazonia, Brazil. The program will start 1st of June 2011 or later. One to three year fixed-term contracts are offered which are subject to final authorization by BMBF.

The globally significant land use frontier of southern Amazonia, Brazil, is extremely dynamic and experienced an increase of deforestation, pasture and cropland. This development is accelerating along the Cuiabá-Santarém highway, which is associated with further major carbon losses and greenhouse gases (GHG) releases. Global interest in curtailing these emissions is high as the relevance of the affected ecosystems for carbon storage and GHG-cycling is of global importance. The main goals of this transdisciplinary approach are viable C-optimized land management strategies to mitigate GHG-emissions and maintain ecosystem services under changing climate conditions, by considering all main socio-economic drivers.

Therefore, for our bilateral carbiocial-program, we seek candidates with an excellent degree in geography, ecology, agronomy, soil and social sciences with high motivation and affinity to Brazil. The applicant will have an excellent command of the English language, good communication skills and willingness to integrate in an international research environment. As applicants from all countries are encouraged, German is not required, but would be welcome as some additional skills in Portuguese. Research locations will be in the cities of Cuiabá and Sinop in southern Amazonia, Brazil.

The specific positions are listed here.

Deadline: May 10, 2011

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