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  • Saut Sagala
    Sumber: http://www.ehs.unu.edu/category:47 WISDOM PhD Positions *Closing date: Friday, 18 May 2007* The United Nations University Institute for Environment
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      Sumber: http://www.ehs.unu.edu/category:47

      WISDOM PhD Positions *Closing date: Friday, 18 May 2007* The United
      Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS),
      in collaboration with the Centre for Development Research of the University
      of Bonn (ZEF), the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ) and the Department of
      Plant Nutrition of the University of Bonn (INRES) is offering 14 PhD
      scholarships for outstanding students to carry out research within the
      WISDOM (Water-related Information System for the sustainable Development Of
      the Mekong delta in Vietnam) project. WISDOM is a German-Vietnamese
      initiative comprising eighteen institutions based in Germany and Vietnam and
      coordinated in Germany by the German Aerospace Centre and in Vietnam by the
      Southern Institute of Water Resources Research. The PhD scholarships are
      offered by UNU-EHS on behalf of the four organisations above through funding
      from the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
      Please make sure, that you have read the General
      Requirements<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:327>,
      as well as the special information provided through the "read more" link for
      each position. The entire advertisement can be downloaded
      here<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/file.php?id=249>.


      - W1: Development, testing and installation of flood level field
      measurement equipment <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:308>
      The equipment considered are GPS buoys and pressure conductors. In
      addition, development of an optimal sampling position scheme taking into
      account remote sensing data, field data collection and evaluation, and
      characterisation of flood dynamics in the study area. This position is
      hosted by GFZ <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:333>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:308> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:308?job=308>]

      - W2: Integration of field data with high temporal resolution and
      remotely sensed data with high spatial resolution in hydraulic model
      calibration <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:322>
      In addition, application and further development of multi-criteria
      and multi-objective model calibration strategies. This position is hosted by
      GFZ <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:333>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:322> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:322?job=322>]

      - W3: Analysis of hydro-meteorological time series of the Mekong
      basin <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:321>
      This includes multivariate statistical analyses of gridded data sets,
      time-frequency analyses and extreme value statistics. This position is
      hosted by GFZ <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:333>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:321> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:321?job=321>]

      - W4:Pesticide monitoring and pesticide use assessment in selected
      case study areas of the Lower Mekong<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:320>
      Several surface water bodies will be monitored for a selected number
      of currently used pesticides and surveys will be carried out to identify the
      sources of detected compounds so as to offer mitigation measures. This work
      will be carried out in close collaboration with Pos. W8. This position is
      hosted by UNU-EHS <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:334>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:320> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:320?job=320>]

      - W5: Pesticide fate modelling in the Lower
      Mekong<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:319>
      The modelling will be carried out in two selected case study areas
      and will involve definition of the system, parameterisation, simulations and
      calibration. Existing pesticide fate models will be used but some specific
      algorithms may have to be developed. This work will be carried out in close
      collaboration with Pos. W4. This position is hosted by
      UNU-EHS<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:334>.

      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:319> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:319?job=319>]

      - W6: Vulnerability assessment to sudden onset hazards � particularly
      floods in the Lower Mekong <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:318>
      The assessment of vulnerability of local communities to sudden onset
      hazards will be carried out in case study areas focusing on rural and urban
      communities. This task will imply the contextualisation of meta-frameworks
      for vulnerability assessment, data gathering at provincial and local level
      and the implementation of own questionnaire based household surveys. The
      work will be carried out in close collaboration with Pos. W7. This position
      is hosted by UNU-EHS <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:334>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:318> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:318?job=318>]

      - W7: Vulnerability assessment to slow onset hazards � sea level rise
      and droughts in the Lower Mekong <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:317>
      This position will focus on how to measure the vulnerability of local
      communities to creeping and future environmental changes in the Mekong
      Delta. This task will encompass the development of a methodological
      framework and measurement tools to capture the various vulnerabilities and
      the coping capacity of local communities to creeping processes in the
      region, particularly drought and sea level rise. This work will be carried
      out in close collaboration with Pos. W6. This position is hosted by
      UNU-EHS <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:334>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:317> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:317?job=317>]

      - W8: Adaptation of an ELISA-test to determine endocrine
      disruptors<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:316>
      An existing ELISA-test will be tested on its robustness and be
      optimized. Extraction of Eds from different matrices such as soil, water,
      different organic wastes (e.g.) animal slurry and waste water will be
      developed. The method will be established in Vietnam. This work will be
      carried out in close collaboration with Pos. W4 and W9. This position is
      hosted by INRES <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:335>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:316> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:316?job=316>]

      - W9: Monitoring of endocrine disruptors and mitigation options to
      reduce the emissions of endocrine disruptors in case study areas of the
      Lower Mekong <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:315>
      Several surface water bodies will be monitored for a selected suite
      of endocrine disruptors and surveys will be carried out to identify the
      sources of detected compounds so as to offer mitigation measures. This work
      will be carried out in close collaboration with Pos. W4. This position is
      hosted by INRES <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:335>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:315> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:315?job=315>]

      - W10: Water policy and regional planning in
      Vietnam<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:314>
      The research will focus on the ways in which water resources are
      managed and governed on different societal levels and in different
      sub-sectors of the water sector. The objective will be to describe an
      overarching picture of various organizations, institutions (values, norms,
      rules, laws and law enforcement), and interest groups that are of prime
      importance within organizations. Empirical research is necessary in order to
      assess the complexity of the current situation, the organizational structure
      and institutional plurality of the water sector and their (overlapping?)
      responsibilities, concurrent competencies and competing interests with
      regard to water resources. This position is hosted by
      ZEF<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:332>.

      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:314> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:314?job=314>]

      - W11: Knowledge systems and knowledge dissemination processes in
      selected organizations in the water sector in the Mekong
      Delta<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:313>
      One of the major objectives will be the analysis of the transfer of
      data and knowledge between the involved organizations and relevant
      stakeholders. To contribute to this objective socio-scientific research will
      have to devise strategies for knowledge sharing that take the specific
      institutional and political nature of the water sector into consideration. A
      knowledge transfer strategy that solely focuses at the national water
      administration and water experts fails to account for the heterogeneity and
      complexity of the institutional and socio-political context of the water
      sector. The following aspects are of relevance:
      - Where can you find/get which information and how is it made
      available/accessible to users?
      - Which institutions willingly share their information with
      others? and for what reasons?
      - How and why is access to information controlled?
      This position is hosted by ZEF <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:332>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:313> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:313?job=313>]

      - W12: Water and livelihood strategies in the Mekong
      Delta<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:312>
      Priority of the research proposal is the analysis of the
      socio-economic impact of water and resource management in the region. There
      is a need to understand the diversity of livelihoods and livelihood
      strategies and how they are shaped by both, environmental and demographic
      changes and the ongoing political and institutional transformation process.
      This position is hosted by ZEF <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:332>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:312> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:312?job=312>]

      - W13: Local knowledge and resources management in the Mekong
      Delta<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:311>
      In this research project, different knowledge systems according to
      different types of water use at the local level will be investigated. It is
      understood that local knowledge systems are also shaped by water policies
      and other larger social forces and change processes. One element of the
      local knowledge system, which will deserve further attention, is the
      knowledge of local rights and norms. In relation to water the following four
      dimensions have to be studied:
      - What are the different forms of water use?
      - What are the water needs?
      - Which water rights (legal entitlements) currently exists?
      - How is water allocated?
      This position is hosted by ZEF <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:332>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:311> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:311?job=311>]

      - W14: Strategic groups and power relations in the water
      sector<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:310>
      One of the major objectives will be the analysis of the transfer of
      data and knowledge between the involved organizations and relevant
      stakeholders. To contribute to this objective strategic groups and strategic
      networks and their interest in the water sector have to be examined.
      - To what extent do power relations develop in knowledge management?
      - Which are the important strategic groups and their interests
      in the water sector?
      - Which are the relevant members of the civil society that have
      to be included in knowledge exchange and decision support processes? What
      kind of framework has to be created to allow for inclusive strategies of
      knowledge exchange?
      This position is hosted by ZEF <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:332>.
      � Read more <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:310> [Apply
      now<http://www.ehs.unu.edu/application:310?job=310>]


      Links

      - WISDOM project page <http://www.ehs.unu.edu/category:46>


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