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Young Investigators Awards at the Geological Institute of the State of São Paulo (IG-SP)
São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
FAPESP funded by taxpayers in the state of São Paulo, with the mission to support research projects in institutions of higher education and research in all fields of knowledge.
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Application deadline: Jan 18
Location: São Paulo/SP, Brazil
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Young Investigators Awards at the Geological Institute of the State of São Paulo (IG-SP)

Job description

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) intend to establish two independent Young Investigators Awards to be carry out at the Geological Institute of the State of São Paulo (IG-SP) on both subjects 1) Numerical and Transport Modeling in Groundwater and 2) Development of Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Geological Institute is a research institution linked to the Environmental Secretariat of the Government of the State of São Paulo, which mission is related to the accomplishment of scientific researches in geosciences and environment, generating necessary knowledge to the implementation of public policies in the State of São Paulo, through the development of institutional programs: Geological and Environmental Engineering, Geological Mapping, Paleontology, Groundwater, Mineral Resources, Climatology and Geomorphology.

The candidates must be at the beginning of a promising scientific career with demonstrated postdoctoral experience and highly motivated to develop and carry out a competitive research program. The research activities are expected to generate high-impact ideas, communicated in international scientific publications.

The projects will be funded by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), through its Young Investigator Award Program. The awards will be provided as Research Grant with the maximum duration of 24 months. The selected candidates will receive a FAPESP Young Investigator Fellowship in the amount of BRL 8,377.50 monthly free of Income Taxes. The peer reviewed projects of the selected Young Investigators may receive a Research Grant which may include funds for research equipment, consumables, supplies and fellowships for students.

Position summary and required experience

Numerical and Transport Modeling in Groundwater

The project will be carried out in the urban of Marília city, located at the mid-western region of the State of São Paulo. The research focus is related to the following topics: i) What are the spatial and temporal distributions of nitrogen loading to groundwater in urban area by sanitation systems (e.g. sewer network leaking, active and inactive septic systems and latrines)?; ii) How do the patterns of urban occupation and the growth of cities affect groundwater quality, mainly in relation to nitrate concentrations?; iii) What are the physical and biogeochemical processes involved in the transport of nitrogen in aquifers (e.g., is the decrease in nitrate concentrations along flow paths due to dilution or the occurrence of denitrification?)? The results obtained in this study are expected to allow a better understanding of the relationships between urbanization, sanitation and nitrate concentrations in heterogeneous and stratified aquifers, as well as promoting a discussion with the public authorities regarding the sustainable use of groundwater.

The candidate should have a PhD in Earth Sciences in the area of Hydrogeology and/or Geochemistry, with a large experience and knowledge in numerical groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, hydrogeochemistry and solute transport behavior in unsaturated and saturated porous media. Language skills: English, Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Development of Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction

Floods and landslides pose significant hazards to human lives, across the State of São Paulo, particularly in vulnerable peripheral communities of urban centers. To develop strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction in these communities is of high priority to promote a sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation. Currently, the risk analysis is  focused  on an engineering-led and technocratic approach, considering little or nothing the views and actions of the people at risk. The challenge to achieve better results of disaster risk reduction is how to build a strategy focused on the autonomy of the people who lived in risk conditions, stressing the importance of the dialogue between scientific-technical-legal based-instruments with that reality. The project should address the following topics: i) lay understanding of the concepts and practical use of the usual technical risk analyses of geological-hydrological hazards; ii) foundations and applicability of community participatory mapping methodologies; iii) sustainable practices of risk monitoring; iv) alternative solutions to flood and landslide hazard mitigation via the use of co-produce adaptive management practices.

The candidate should have formation in Earth Sciences with experience and knowledge in disaster risk analysis and participatory mapping methodologies. Language skills: English, Spanish and/or Portuguese.

The candidate must demonstrate scientific experience in the subject matter through publications in the last five years.

Application, documents and deadlines

Eligibility criteria

a) To have a PhD or equivalent title;

b) To have an outstanding research record.

Selection process

Please submit your application electronically, including the following documents:

  1. a motivation letter (200 words maximum in one page);
  2. curriculum vitae (maximum in three pages); the candidates' curriculum, with proven experience on each project described above are the key elements in the selection process. The CV should present experience and highlighted publications in indexed scientific journals according to FAPESP instructions (short CV FAPESP Instructions - http://www.fapesp.br/en/6351);
  3. three recommendation letters.

Please send ALL the documents described above preferably as a SINGLE “.PDF” archive. The application should be addressed electronically to Dr Claudia Varnier (email: claudia.varnier@sp.gov.br) for the position for Numerical and Transport Modeling in Groundwater and to Dr Claudio Ferreira (cferreira@sp.gov.br) for the position for Development of Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction.

A short-listed of three candidates for each position will be invited then, to submit a short  research proposal (4,000 characters maximum in two pages) based on both positions described above.

The final candidate for each position will be selected according to both the curriculum vitae and a personal interview (presential or by videoconference). The selected candidate will be invited then, to submit a full research proposal accordingly to the Fapesp Guidelines.

Areas of research position Numerical and Transport Modeling in Groundwater

•         Hydrogeology
•         Groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling
•         Hydrogeochemistry

Areas of research position Development of Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Disaster Risk Analysis
  • Participatory mapping
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
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