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POSTDOC in Fisheries Ecology -- Brazilian AmazonPosted by: CENA-USP
Posted date: Feb-22-2020
Location: Campinas, São Paulo
Agência FAPESP: The Thematic Project �After Hydropower Dams: Social and Environmental Processes that occur after the Construction of Belo Monte, Jirau and Santo Antonio in Brazilian Amazon� with funding from FAPESP, offers a Postdoctoral Fellowship at NEPAM in the Universidade Estadual de Campinas.
The project is focused on the impacts of Belo Monte, Santo Antônio and Jirau hydropower dams in the decade after construction, and the Postdoc will focus on the fishing and riverine communities in the Xingu and Madeira Basins. The postdoc will use multidisciplinary methods to assess the fisheries losses and how the population is adapting to the changes in the fish species composition and the economics of fisheries.
The postdoc will be responsible for synthesizing data from existing research on fisheries before the dams were built, and the current situation in these dams a decade later. In theoretical terms, the postdoc will use the latest paradigms of human-environment research, and contribute to understanding how people make decisions and how they adapt to changes in the environment and the economy.
The project is coordinated by Prof. Emilio F. Moran, together with Lucia da Costa Ferreira of NEPAM at Unicamp and Prof. Evandro Moretto of USP. The thematic project is part of the program SPEC, São Paulo Excellence Chairs of FAPESP that brings sênior scholars to Brazil. The coordinator is Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and Visiting Researcher at Unicamp.
The candidate must have a PhD in Fisheries Ecology or similar area; have a commitment to interdisciplinary research; field experience in the Amazon with fishing communities; fluency in English and Portuguese are essential, preferably with publications in international journals. It is necessary to have experience in statistical data analysis and its application to fisheries, ecology, and interdisciplinary studies. The candidate must demonstrate having experience in interviewing and working with fishers in the Amazon. Four to five months per year of fieldwork in the Amazon are required, plus one month in Michigan, to collaborate with the PI on publications and fieldwork coordination.
The selection process will take place in two stages. In the first one, the candidate will send the required documentation to the project coordinators by email before March 21, 2020. In the second stage the coordinator will interview the top applicants, and make a final decision.
Applicants need to send a letter of interest to Prof. Moran indicating their qualifications for the project, a copy of the Curriculum Vitae or Sumula Curricular, a copy of the doctoral degree, and three letters of recommendation to moranefmsu.edu.
Deadline for applications is March 21, 2020. More information about this opportunity are found at www.fapesp.br/oportunidades.
The postdoc is available to Brazilian and foreign applicants. The Fellowship holder must establish an address in Campinas, Sao Paulo state, where the project is based. The candidate selected for the Postdoc Fellowship will receive R$7,373.10 (monthly) and a Technical Reserve. The technical reserve is equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the Fellowship and is meant to provide resources for unexpected expenses, directly related to the research. If the fellowship holder lives outside of Campinas, SP, and needs to move from their hometown to Campinas, they can ask for financial assistance through the Auxílio Instalação. More information about the Fellowship is available at www.fapesp.br/bolsas/pd.
Other Fellowship opportunities in a broad range of areas are available at FAPESP Opportunities www.fapesp.br/oportunidades.