[ES_JOBS_NET] International Call for Post-Doctoral Fellows in Climate Change Research (India)

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat Jul 5 19:30:15 MDT 2014

Dear all,
The International Call for Post-Doctoral Fellows in Climate Change Resear=
is now open.=20
You can access it online at: http://iihs.co.in/about/careers/post-doc/=20=

The selected candidates are expected to join from 1 October 2014.
Kindly share the call within your networks and research community.

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) invites applications fo=
Post-Doctoral Fellows to participate in a 5-year international
interdisciplinary research programme on Climate Change Vulnerability,
Impacts and Adaptation in the Semi-Arid Areas of South Asia. Appointments=

will be for a year, extendable to two years.=20

These Fellowships are part of a multi-million dollar, 7-year IDRC/DFID
funded frontier international research programme: CARIAA (Collaborative
Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia) that builds on the recent IPCC
Assessment Report 5 and focuses on three climate hotspots across Asia and=

Africa: (a) semi-arid regions (SARs) (b) deltas and (c) glacier and
snow-pack dependent river basins.

IIHS leads the South-Asia regional research programme as part of the ASSA=
(Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) consortium, led by the Univers=
of Cape Town. It includes other international partners like the Universit=
of East Anglia, Oxfam and START. Within India, ATREE, IITM and WOTR are I=
sub-grantees working across three Indian states and multiple transects:  =
Bhavani basin region in Tamil Nadu, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and Bangalo=
in Karnataka. The programme PI is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of=

the IPCC Assessment Report 5 (2014).

ASSAR aims to deepen our understanding of climate vulnerability and
adaptation in SARs and explore what is needed to transform current reacti=
adaptation practices to be more proactive, and enable widespread impact. =
main research themes are: i) socio-economic, political and governance
dynamics; ii) climate and biophysical impacts; and iii) adaptation
practices, options and strategies across the rural and urban areas.

It includes year-long Regional Diagnostic Studies (RDS); a two year Regio=
Research Programme (RRP) based on qualitative and quantitative field base=
research; development of climate scenarios; and formulation of adaptation=

strategies in conjunction with public agencies and local communities.

Terms of Reference
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for research, policy analysi=
publication and teaching around climate change vulnerability and scaling
adaptation strategies in urban, peri-urban and rural contexts of India,
around one of the following research themes:

    Socio-Economic, Political and Governance aspects of Climate Change
    Climate Change, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods
    Climate Change and the Water-Energy nexus
    Urban Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

The Post-Doctoral fellow is expected to:

    Work within a multi-disciplinary team that includes agricultural
scientists, climate scientists , ecologists, economists, hydrologists,
technologists, social scientists and urbanists across multiple field site=
    Help investigate and test new approaches, tools and methods to assist=
reducing climate vulnerability and enable climate adaptation at scale
    Co-author journal articles, policy briefs and disseminate research
findings via multiple channels

Necessary Qualifications

    A PhD in Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Agriculture Science=
Climate and Sustainability Science, Hydrology, Energy Studies,
Environmental/Resource Economics, Technology, Political Science, or relev=
related areas, from an internationally acknowledged University/Research c=
    A minimum of one year of post-qualification research, typically at th=
interface of climate change and a ASSAR relevant research theme (listed a=
    Quality internationally peer-reviewed academic publications
    A strong grasp over recent climate change related academic literature=
policies and adaptation practices, especially in South Asia

Desirable Qualifications

    Ability to work independently and manage a team of researchers
    Experience in international multi-party collaborative projects
    Fluency in at least one of the following languages: Hindi, Marathi,
Kannada or Tamil

The position will be based out of the IIHS, Bangalore office and report t=
the Project Lead for CARIAA|ASSAR. Successful candidates shall be expecte=
to join no later than 1 October 2014.

IIHS encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economical=
and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and
qualifications to apply for positions.

Applications must include

    A cover letter that explains precisely how the applicant=92s
qualifications and research converges with this call and what s/he plans =
do during the Fellowship
    CV not exceeding three pages (standard format attached)
    Writing sample (a peer-reviewed article or the introduction and chapt=
of PhD dissertation)
    Names and full contact addresses (including e-mail and telephone
numbers) of three referees

Applications must be submitted by email to postdoc at iihs.ac.in

Kind regards,

Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar

Lead - Practice
Indian Institute for Human Settlements
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