University of Washington School of Public Health
Three Doctoral Students - ICTA-UAB, Barcelona
Closing Date: May 24, 2018
Posted: April 24, 2018
Project description: We invite applications for three doctoral positions in the ERC funded
project "Local Indicators of Climate Change Impacts. The Contribution of Local Knowledge to
Climate Change Research". The selected students would register in the PhD program of the
Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology at UAB and work under Prof. V. Reyes-
García supervision. The research project aims to bring insights from indigenous and local
knowledge to climate research by 1) providing data on local climate change impacts on natural
and on human systems and 2) testing hypotheses on the global spatial, socioeconomic and
demographic distribution of local climate change impacts indicators. The position will be
located at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma
Functions: The selected students will be responsible for the collection of qualitative and
quantitative data on local reports of climate change. Data will be collected among Indigenous
peoples and local communities living in remote areas. The student will also participate in the
creation of a network of people who might participate in the project. The student will also be
expected (1) to collaborate training workshops and (2) to participate in a policy conference to
disseminate project’s results. The students will be encouraged to pursue his/her own research
ideas, within the topic of the project.
Profile: Candidates should have an official master’s degree in a field relevant for this research
(i.e., anthropology, geography, environmental sciences, or biology). Candidates should be fluent
in written and spoken English (fluency in other languages is a plus). Candidates should also 1)
be able to travel internationally for long periods of time (i.e., months), 2) have the ability to
work across disciplines, and 3) be comfortable with the idea of living in remote areas (e.g., heat,
cold, monotonous diet, bad communications) and tolerance for bouts of medical problems
common when travelling (e.g., parasites, altitude sickness). Candidates should also show
interest to learn from other cultures. Previous field experience would be highly valued.
Candidates should be familiar with the use of ICT. Statistical training is a plus.
To apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and examples of their previous work (e.g.
Master thesis) and an updated CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 13th, 2018. The cover letter
should include a personal statement explaining the applicant interest in the project and the
name, position and e-mail contact of three potential referees. Candidates that do not fill the
requirements will not be considered.