PhD Fellowship on climate change, community vulnerability and exposure to dengue fever in SE-Asia at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

PhD Fellowship on climate change, community vulnerability and exposure to dengue fever in South East Asia at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

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The doctoral research fellow will be integrated within the DENCLIM project and attached to one of the Department’s scientific group and will have Associate Professor, Dr Oleg Shipin as the main supervisor. The Department’s Ph.D. program consists of a major research component of high quality aimed for publication in popular scientific journals such as PNAS, Lancet, BMJ as well as mandatory and elective courses with oral and written examinations. The student is expected to participate actively in the academic activities of the scientific group. There will be extensive periods of field- and laboratory work at collaborating institutes in Thailand and Laos. The candidate will work closely with another DENCLIM PhD fellow (on climate change modelling) based at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, as well as with project partners at Khon Kaen University in Northeastern Thailand, University of Health Sciences in Vientiane, Laos, and provincial governmental health offices.

Academic qualifications Required skills:

  • A successful applicant must hold a well-documented research-based Master’s degree in one of the following fields of knowledge: Hydrology/ Water resources engineering/ Climatology/ Computer Engineering and have a strong interest in Entomology/epidemiology/public health.

Desired skills:

  • High-quality research leading to publications in reputable scientific journals. • Data analysis using R, Python, Hec-GeoRAS
  • Flood, drought modelling
  • Strong knowledge in Geographic Information System/ Remote Sensing, and Statistics
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work with large and complex datasets, developing new methods
  • Enjoy extensive fieldwork in rural and urban Thailand and Laos
  • Eager to invest in an exciting research project within an international network, and to pursue a science-based career at the interface of academia
  • Ambition to develop new methods in the field of study, research, and innovation.
  • International collaboration and experience.
  • Proficiency in English as a working language is a prerequisite and should be well-documented; knowledge of Thai and/or Lao languages is an additional asset.
  • Research and/or working experience in developing countries will be considered an additional qualification.

Personal skills

  • Ability to work and collaborate in a multidisciplinary research field.
  • Ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and field staff.

Evaluation criteria:

  • The main criteria for evaluating the applicants include academic records and the scientific capacity and achievements in the above-outlined preferences; particularly, originality, independence, and productivity in terms of peer-reviewed publications as well as ability to work in a team.
  • This post is open to everyone but priority will be given to the citizens of Thailand and Laos.
  • The shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview as a part of the evaluation.

Employment conditions:

The selected candidate will be enrolled as a doctoral student in AIT starting from August 2018 Semester in order to complete the PhD dissertation before May 2021.

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Application The application should be submitted to or by 20th March 2018.


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