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by Richard Meckien - published Aug 08, 2016 02:40 PM - - last modified Jul 11, 2018 02:38 PM

CLOSED - Postdoctoral researcher position in the area of quality of democracy

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 04:05 PM - - last modified Jul 26, 2022 10:45 AM

Deadline: April 30, 2022

The Center for Public Policy Research (NUPPs) at the University of São Paulo and the Center for Public Opinion Studies (CESOP) at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) have opened a call for applications for one postdoctoral scholarship (PD). The selected researcher will act within the scope of the thematic project "The Quality of Brazilian Democracy: Political Representation, Parties and the Integrity System" (FAPESP Process nº 18 / 02738-0), under the coordination of Professor Dr. Rachel Meneguello.

More information about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available in the call. Information about the project can be found on FAPESP's website.

CLOSED - Biota-Synthesis Program, São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 27, 2018 10:40 AM - - last modified Apr 19, 2022 10:35 AM

Deadline: March 15 (until 10:00 am), 2022 (UTC-3)

The Biota-Synthesis program seeks eight highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to be part of a "Center of Analysis and Synthesis of Nature-based Solutions." The Center will be funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for a 5-year period (2022-2026) and brings together researchers from five universities, seven research institutes of the State of São Paulo and four NGOs, as well as technicians and decision makers from the State Secretariats of Infrastructure and Environment, Public Health, and Agriculture. The Center will be based at the IEA.

The goal of the Center is to support the State of São Paulo in the development of socio-environmental public policies related to agricultural sustainability, ecological restoration, zoonosis control, and disease prevention in urban areas, considering essentially nature-based solutions. It will work following a "synthesis science" approach, with heterogeneous and collaborative working groups, which will meet periodically in an immersive way for brainstorming discussions. These meetings will be intercalated with the analysis and modeling of existing databases, where the active participation of postdoctoral fellows is expected.

The desired profile for these postgraduates is of professionals with great ability to work collaboratively in teams, with high capacity for listening and dialogue with researchers and social actors with different backgrounds and professional experiences, in addition to the modeling and analysis capabilities that will be detailed for each profile. Although the postdoctoral positions are open to Brazilian and foreign researchers who have a PhD degree, fluency in Portuguese is desired to facilitate the discussion and dialogue with the different actors involved in the project. Each postdoctoral fellow will have a specific research project and supervisor, but it is expected that this group of fellows will work together, in close collaboration with the coordination team of the Biota-Synthesis.

FAPESP postdoctoral fellowships are competitive (R$ 7,373.10 - approximately US$ 1,340.00) and granted for 24 months, with the possibility of extension for two additional years. The fellowships include a research contingency fund, equivalent to 10% of its annual value which should be spent on items directly related to the research activity.

Applications must be submitted through the following form. Should there be any questions, please send a message to A same applicant can apply for more than one scholarship at the same time.

Necessary documents:

Curriculum Vitae following the FAPESP format, including Lattes (for Brazilian candidates), ORCID, and Publon links, as well as citation indicators (e.g. number of publications and citations, H index); please indicate experience in teamwork and with the development of public policy, if applicable;

Research statement specifying why the candidate is suitable for the fellowship position;

Three reference persons who can be consulted if the candidate is selected for an interview.

For each of the 8 fellowships, 3-5 candidates will be selected for an interview (to be conducted virtually). The initial selection will consider the adequacy of the candidate to the fellowship profile, as well as the candidate's professional experience and publication records.

The interviews are expected to take place at the end of March/beginning of April, and the fellowship will begin in May, after validation of the selective process by FAPESP, according to the Foundations's norms (Portuguese only). All postdoctoral fellows will be formally linked to the postdoctoral program (Portuguese only) of the University of São Paulo.

More on each fellowship opportunity:

1 - Estimation and Prediction of Pollination and Associated Ecosystem in Agricultural Landscapes

2 - Modeling Future Scenarios for Pollination and Associated Ecosystem Services in Face of Landscape and Climate Changes

3 - Supporting Decisions for Forest Ladscape Restoration and Forest-Based Economy

4 - Operationalizing Policies for Forest Landscape Restoration and Forest-Based Eonomy

5 - Regulation of Zoonotic Diseases in Urban and Rural Ladscapes

6 - Ecosystem Services Modeling and Human Weell-Being in Urban Landscapes

7 - Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and Urban Interventions for Climate Adaptation in Urban Areas

8 - Collaborative Environmental Policy Design for the State of São Paulo

CLOSED - Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 27, 2018 10:40 AM - - last modified Apr 19, 2022 10:36 AM

Application period: January 24 (from 8:00 am) to January 28 (until 5:00 pm), 2022 (UTC-3)

The Advanced Studies Institute at the Federal University of Ceará invites applications for both Senior and Young Visiting Professor/Researcher positions for the academic years of 2022/2023 in two entry periods: March and September 2022. Candidates are sought in all areas of social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, health sciences, exact sciences, engineering, philosophy, criminology, computer sciences, law, and mathematics.

Applicants should have an interdisciplinary research orientation and will be expected to make contributions about the outcomes of their research projects to leading journals. They should be committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all, as well as be able to work cooperatively with Brazilian scientists on "complex problems" such as crime, violence, discrimination, gender, climate change, biodiversity, poverty, inequality, natural disasters, epidemics, public health, conflict, security, urbanization, democracy, human rights, media and social networks, education, cognitive development, artificial intelligence, data analysis, optimization, game theory, networks, and others.

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CLOSED - Call for researchers - USP Global Cities Program

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 04, 2018 05:20 PM - - last modified Apr 19, 2022 10:33 AM

The USP Global Cities Program has launched its fourth public call for postdoctoral researchers and collaborators. The objective is to contribute to the improvement of research, and to the scientific and technological excellence of the University, as well as to enable the formation of groups of national and foreign researchers focused on urban issues, integrating networks of studies and international research. The generation of applications, experiments, and solutions that become subsidies for the necessary transformations in the urban context is seen as a desirable consequence of the participation of new researchers in the program.

The researchers should present an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective in their projects, intensifying the dialogue and interaction between social and human sciences, experimental sciences such as mathematics and computing, physics, chemistry, biology, and all their technological aspects, and environmental sciences and sustainability. The proposals should consider the complexities of cities and the 2050-projection.

Since the IEA-USP is an interdisciplinary environment, the participants will be given the possibility of developing innovative research projects, establishing academic connections, and entering the various research networks to which the Institute and other units are related. The selected projects may be developed at the Institute's headquarters in São Paulo or at its centers in Ribeirão Preto and São Carlos.

  • Deadline for the submission: November 29, 2021, at 3:00 pm (GMT -3);
  • Announcement of selected projects: February 14, 2022;
  • First meeting: March 24, 2022.


Postdoctoral Programme

Its general objective is to improve the level of the scientific and technological excellence at USP. Its specific goal is to further enhance advanced research skills of postdoctoral researchers under the supervision of an experimented researcher who needs to be a faculty member. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university.

  • Duration: from 6 months to 5 years.
  • Minimum workload: 20 hours per week; total of 960 hours


Research Collaborator Programme

Its objective is to stimulate the collaboration between researchers of USP and external faculty and non-faculty academics. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university. The collaboration proposal has to be submitted by a USP faculty member.

  • Applications must be submitted by an USP professor to the IEA-USP Research Committee.
  • Workload: minimum of 12 and maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • Duration: the collaborator researcher can develop the same research project for up to 5 years.



This call will not grant scholarships to selected researchers.

List of themes and supervising researchers at USP Global Cities

Please consult the supervisors before submitting a proposal.

Topic Involved Sustainable Development Goals Supervisor e-mail
Environmental planning with interface to urban planning 6-11-13-15 Amarilis Lucia Casteli Figueiredo Gallardo
Environment, health, and sustainability in cities; urban management and sustainability 3-6-11-13-17 Arlindo Philippi Jr
Sustainable cities and communities 11 Brenda Chaves Coelho Leite
Promotion of healthy lifestyle through diet and physical activity 3-11 Bruno Gualano
Urban fauna: ecophysiological diversification in the colonization of urban environments
15 Carlos Arturo Navas Iannini
New post-COVID jobs accelerated with water diplomacy for resilient solutions in low impact development under global change 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
Eduardo Mario Mendiondo¹
Water security in the face of global climate change 3-6-10-11-13
Edson Cezar Wendland¹
Computing and data science applied to urban problems 1-3-4-5-10-11 Fábio Kon
Sustainability in urban public spaces 11 Fraya Frehse
Internet of things 2-4-7-9-10-11-13 Marcelo Knorich Zuffo
Ethanol as renewable energy in cities; urban afforestation 7-11 Marcos Buckeridge
Socioeconomic and ecologically sustainable alternatives in local and regional development 8-10-11-12-15 Maria da Penha Vasconcellos
Health and environment: air pollution, urban transport, built environment, climate change 11-13 Nelson Gouveia
Multifunctional landscapes with nature-based solutions for green infrastructure 9-11-13 Paulo Pellegrino
Environmental quality, gender, and walkability in degraded urban areas 3-5-11 Roberta Consentino Kronka Mulfarth
Health and well-being, quality education, gender equality 3-4-5 Roseli de Deus Lopes
Universalization of sanitation 6-10-11-13 Tadeu Fabrício Malheiros¹
Urban infrastructure, public services, and city management: legal and administrative aspects 6-9-11-16 Thiago Marrara de Matos²
Social and environmental justice and access to water; governance and popular participation in social and environmental forums 6-11 Wagner Costa Ribeiro
Environmental sanitation; sustainable cities and communities with an emphasis on solid waste and disasters; responsible consumption and production 6-11-12 Wanda Maria Risso Gunther
Subnormal agglomerates, water supply indices in Brazil and health conditions in its macro-regions 6 Wanderley da Silva Paganini

¹ A professor at USP's campus in São Carlos
² A professor at USP's campus in Ribeirão Preto

Submit your project

Use this form for your submission


Selected candidates must develop a strategic action plan for the period of their research project's conduction, consisting of activities distributed in the following axes:

  1. to hold at least one symposium aimed at the theoretical and methodological deepening on the topic of their research;
  2. to participate in the organization of UrbanSus seminars for advanced reflection on topics of interest to the USP Global Cities Program, aimed at disseminating advances in knowledge to the community;
  3. to prepare at least one digital article for publication on USP Global Cities Program's website;
  4. to submit at least one co-authored article for publication in a journal, book or book chapter;
  5. to collaborate with the expansion of scientific communication of the results of studies and research projects of members linked to the USP Global Cities Program.

Read the full call in Portuguese.

CLOSED - National University of Litoral, Argentina

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 04:05 PM - - last modified Apr 19, 2022 10:35 AM

Deadline: February 4, 2022 (3:00 pm, Buenos Aires time)

The Institute for Advanced Studies of Litoral (IAS Litoral), through its scientific and social-economic councils, has chosen a prioritary theme for its annual call for scholarships for researchers. In 2022, the subject will be Inhabitating the Wetland, aimed at riverfront cities and wetland cities.

The call for submissions is open to researchers from all areas of science and arts, with a particular interest in projects with a perspective of interdisciplinary dialogue and in people from different parts of the world.

The academic life and activities at IAS Litoral are carried out in Spanish and in English (eventually in French). Scholars are expected to have accredited language skills in at least one of the first two languages, which will allow them to develop their activities properly.

The scholarships have a total duration of three and a half months (September 1 to December 15, 2022). The call is available for consultation here.

Questions and comments can be sent to