Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

ICTA-UAB Gathers Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

ICTA-UAB is organizing the fifth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 24 to July 6.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10

Today is World Environment Day. Environmental conflicts should not be seen as disruptions to smooth governance, fixable with market solutions, technology or police bullets.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

A study by ICTA-UAB concludes that agreements against climate change would be more attractive to rich countries if they were analyzed taking into account the Human Development Index, instead of GDP.

New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

Research to study the health effects of forests

The ICTA-UAB, CREAF and the "la Caixa" Bank Foundation recently presented the project "Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society".

Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

​ The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
News
4 PhD fellowships at ICTA-UAB Unit of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’

Date: 2017-05-29

4 PhD at ICTA-UAB

 

4 PhD fellowships at ICTA-UAB

Unit of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’

Contract Duration: up to 4 years
Contract type: PhD contracts (FPI),
Reference project: MDM-2015-0552
 

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) offers 4 scholarships available to candidates who would like to pursue their PhD studies at the Institute within the Strategic Research Programme ICTA-UAB, Units of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’ Programme (MDM-2015-0552). The positions are related to the call “Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2017” of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

Deadline for pre-applications is 15th of June 2017, please write to pr.mdm.icta@uab.cat  for further information or to apply for the positions.


About ICTA-UAB María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence:

ICTA-UAB is implementing a Strategic Research Programme intended to consolidate its scientific capabilities, contribute to the leadership of Spanish research and act as an international pole of attraction for talent. The plan addresses major global environmental and sustainability challenges related to anthropogenic climate change, focusing on establishing the current state of knowledge on climate change and its socio-economic impacts, and on putting forward transformative solutions at the local and regional levels.

This call:

Within the current call, successful applicants will be hosted at UAB Campus (Barcelona, Spain) and will develop their PhD training in one of the four projects detailed below:

Project 1:

Project title: Submarine groundwater discharge feedbacks on ecosystem services under a climate change perspective

Abstract: Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is a source of chemical compounds into coastal areas and may be affected to climate change. This project will be focused on the social-ecological impact of SGD in Mediterranean coastal ecosystems in a context of climate change and how these processes transform or not socio-economic aspects of local stakeholders’ livelihoods.

Supervisors: Jordi García Orellana and Isabel Ruiz Mallén

Project 2:

Project title: Climate mitigation potential of Mediterranean soils: carbon sequestration by biological processes and implications for land management

Abstract: Globally, there is more carbon stocked in soils than in the atmosphere and terrestrial plants combined. The aim of the project is to understand how land use changes in the Mediterranean (i.e. agricultural abandonment) influences their potential as CO2 sinks through changes in soil biodiversity.  The project core approach is to combine satellite imagery, fieldwork and isotopic laboratory analysis to understand and model changes in biodiversity and trophic relationships. The end goal is to devise management strategies to maximize the climate mitigation potential of Mediterranean soils.

Supervisors: Pau Comes, Carlos Barriocanal and Antoni Rosell-Melé 
 

Project 3:

Project title: The evolution of human impacts on the Mediterranean Sea under climate change

Abstract: The exploitation of coastal living marine resources has exceeded sustainable levels in many regions, altering the marine ecosystem in ways that have been largely undocumented. This PhD project proposed to reconstruct the last few thousand years of human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems in selected coastal regions under the ongoing climate change.

Supervisors: Patrizia Ziveri and Eric Galbraith
 

Project 4:

Project title: Understanding the role of the urban biosphere in the net flux of urban CO2

Abstract: Green-space initiatives are proposed as GHG reducing strategies in urban areas, despite there being little evidence for their effectiveness. We aim to improve our understanding of the impact of the urban biosphere on the urban flux of CO2. The modeling approach will be used to assess how green spaces/local food production can lessen environmental burden. 

Supervisors: Gara Villalba and Josep Antón Morguí

 

Qualifications

The fellowships are open to truly outstanding candidates with distinguished curricula and proven ability to communicate fluently in English. We expect candidates with studies in environmental and earth sciences, oceanography, engineering, chemical technology and biology. Interdisciplinary experience is highly appreciated, as projects encompass multidisciplinary teams, from natural sciences, technology studies and social sciences. Successful candidates will hold a master’s degree or equivalent at the time of recruitment and had courses in statistics and research methods.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants should meet the requirements for PhD call “contratos predoctorales” 2017 by MINECO. As the call has not been published yet (expected month: June-July 2017), as basis you may read the call from the previous year.

At the time of submission the candidate:

  1. Should have not received funding from the Spanish Programme for Research with the aim to pursue his/her PhD studies.
  2. Should be holder of a degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate for the academic course 2017-2018 (MSc Degree).
  3. Should have not been granted any other PhD scholarship with a duration of 12 months or more, and should not have a PhD.
  4. Should be in the position to be legally accepted in the UAB PhD Programme “PhD in Environmental Science and Technology”: http://ictaweb.uab.cat/formacio_detalls.php?id=6

Responsibilities: The selected student would register in the PhD program of Environmental Sciences and Technology Institute at UAB and be ready to start the fellowship next Autumn 2017 (September-December). She/he will be responsible for collecting data for the project and preparing it for analysis, the thesis will be directed by the supervisors in the four projects presented herein.

Contract terms:

Contract terms are detailed in the Call for “contratos predoctorales” 2017 (MINECO). As it has not been published yet, as basis here the main features for the previous call (note that quantities may slightly change):

  • This is a 4 year fellowship with an annual evaluation. The gross salary will be approximately 16.422€ (excluding social security). In the case the PhD is completed and defended in 3 years, the fellowship will be renewed to a postdoctoral fellowship and the gross salary will be of 19.000€ (excluding social security).
  • The programme also includes a travel package per fellow to undertake research visits to other research centers during the duration of the fellowship.

Application procedure:

Interested students should send the application to the ICTA María de Maeztu Management Unit (pr.mdm.icta@uab.cat) by June 10, 2017 to receive full consideration.  The application should include:

  1. A 1500 characters of interest explaining the following:
    a.  Indicating which one of the four projects the student wants to apply for (applicants can only apply to one project)
    b.  The student expertise and the reasons for wanting to do research in the selected field.
     
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae of the applicant.
     
  3. A statement declaring that the applicant has not benefited from a grant previous to June 2017 to pursue his/her PhD studies of a duration of more than 12 months.
     
  4. The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two or three confidential referees whom we might contact in June 2017.

The subject of the email message should have the following structure <”PhD MINECO Application”> (e.g. MINECO Application, Maria Evans, Project 4)

The deadline for applications is the June 15th 2017, 8pm. The preselection, including interviews, will take place during the second week of June. Decisions will be communicated to applicants during June.

This is an internal pre-selection of the best candidates. Then, the pre-selected students should be ready to apply in June-July 2017 through the MINECO on-line platform as soon as the call opens. The final evaluation will be done at the MINECO.

This programme is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

ICTA's Activities