ATREE invites application for Research positions on Climate change and water in urbanising watersheds, India - Apply by June 15, 2012

ATREE

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is a research institution in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. We focus on applied science through research, education and action that influence policy and practice on conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development.

Description:
We are beginning a 3-year research project on climate vulnerability and adaptation in urbanizing watersheds. This is an interdisciplinary research project involving natural and social scientists from ATREE and The Pacific Institute, USA, focusing on two watersheds: the Arkavathy sub-basin near Bangalore, and the Rangit sub-basin near Darjeeling. The objective is to understand the impact of climate change on the quality and quantity of water accessible to different sections of the society, particularly weaker sections, and the household and wider institutional/governance factors that shape vulnerability, short-term coping mechanisms and possible adaptation strategies.

Job profile:
We are looking to fill a total of 8 positions at the Senior Research Associate (SRA) and Research Associate (RA) level for the project, including 4 with a natural science or engineering background and 4 with a social science background. These researchers will be engaged in extensive field data collection and analysis, and will participate in the writing up and dissemination of the results. The project will involve extensive engagement with local communities and decision-makers, as well as being interdisciplinary and academically rigorous. The SRAs/RAs recruited will work as part of an interdisciplinary team comprising hydrologists, economists and social scientists, but with distinct responsibilities.

Positions:

  • Senior research associate/ research associate (natural sciences/Engg.)
  • Senior research associate/ research associate (social sciences)

 

Job location:
4 SRAs/RAs (2 social scientists and 2 natural scientists) will be based in Bangalore and 4 will be based in Gangtok/Darjeeling.

Qualifications:
SRA/RA Social Sciences

Essential qualifications and skills

  • Masters/M. Phil in Economics/Environmental Economics/Development Economics, or Development Studies/Evironmental Studies/Social Work
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, both qualitative and quantitative (should posses skills in using software such as SPSS for quantitative analysis)
  • Competence in English communication, both oral and written
  • Willingness to carry out extensive field work in rural areas
  • Ability to network/liaison with local groups, organizations, agencies and the research team

Desirable qualifications

  • Knowledge of local language (Kannada for the Bangalore position, Nepali for Gangtok/Darjeeling position)
  • Prior training or experience in working with issues relating to water and/or climate change

SRA/RA Natural Sciences/Engg:
Essential qualifications and skills

  • M.E/M. Tech/M.Sc (Water resources Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Environmental Science)
  • Experience in Water quality modeling/Hydraulic Modeling (QUAL 2K, EPANET)
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Competence in English communication, both oral and written
  • Willingness to carry out extensive field work in rural areas
  • Ability to network/liaison with local groups, organizations, agencies and the research team

Desirable qualifications

  • Knowledge of local language (Kannada for the Bangalore position, Nepali for Gangtok/Darjeeling position)
  • Prior training or experience in working with issues relating to water and/or climate change

Important dates: Apply by June 15, 2012

Remuneration:
Gross salary: Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35,000 per month depending upon qualifications and experience. Other benefits as per ATREE norms. Designation will also depend upon qualifications and experience.

Tenure:
3 years (to be confirmed after the first 6 months)

Opportunity for PhD:
Interested candidates may be able to register for PhD under the ATREE PhD programme, provided they clear the selection interview.

Note:

  • Please also indicate where you prefer to be located – in Darjeeling/Gangtok or Bangalore
  • Please furnish a current CV, a writing sample such as a research paper, project report or thesis chapter, and contact information of two referees.

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Contact details:
ATREE
Royal Enclave
Sriramapura,
Jakkur Post
Bangalore 560 064
Karnataka
Telephone: +91-80-23635555
website: www.atree.org
Dr. Priyanka Jamwal priyanka.jamwal@atree.org - for natural science positions
Dr. Bejoy K Thomas -bejoy.thomas@atree.org -  for social science positions

June 15, 2012 12:00AM