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

CLOSED - Call for researchers - USP Global Cities Program

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 04, 2018 05:20 PM - - last modified Dec 20, 2022 11:39 AM

The USP Global Cities Program has launched its fifth 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.

  • Deadline for the submission: December 19, 2022, at 10:00 am (GMT -3);
  • Announcement of selected projects: March 9, 2023;
  • First meeting: March 23, 2023.


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 six months to one year.
  • 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: two years.


12 vacancies are being made available in this selection process. They can be occupied by both post-docs and collaborating researchers, and only one project will be selected per supervisor.


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
Impact of graduate programs in environmental sciences on the 2030 Agenda All 17 Carlos Alberto Cioce Sampaio
Impacts of climate change on urban biodiversity, whether in the context of zoonosis or conservation
3-14-15 Carlos Arturo Navas Iannini
Collaborative and participatory actions for sustainable tourism development 8-11-12-16-17 Debora Cordeiro Braga

Relationship between water and sanitation, climate action and quality education

post-docs only

4-6-13 Eduardo Mario Mendiondo¹

Data science for health and urban mobility

post-docs only

3-5-10-11 Fábio Kon
The municipality as the orchestrator of entrepreneurial ecosystems and local innovations 8-9-17 Felipe Borini
Sustainability in urban public spaces 11 Fraya Frehse

Sustainable municipalities: cities and gender equality

post-docs only

5-11 Janina Onuki
SDGs and knowledge translation? Device usability assessment for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda All 17 Marco Akerman
Socioeconomic and environmental inequality; ways of life, uses, and socio-ecological interactions; public policies and socio-environmental sustainability; territories and social inequalities; social research 1-2-10-11 Maria da Penha Vasconcellos
Tourism 5-10-11
Mariana Aldrigui
Health and environment: air pollution, urban transport, built environment, climate change 11-13 Nelson Gouveia
Emergency and climate justice, environmental governance, and water security 6-7-11-13 Pedro Jacobi
Circular economy: evaluating the technical feasibility of using textile waste discarded by industries in the manufacture of new products 12 Regina Sanches
Leisure and sectoral policies: interfaces with the development of cities 3-11 Ricardo Ricci Uvinha
Challenges and practices in the universalization of basic sanitation; sustainability indicators in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda 6-11-17 Tadeu Fabrício Malheiros¹
Social and environmental justice and access to water; governance and popular participation in social and environmental forums 6-11-13-16 Wagner Costa Ribeiro
Environmental quality; new proposals for environmental sanitation; sustainable cities and communities with an emphasis on solid waste and disasters; sustainable consumption and production, and local and regional development 3-6-11-12 Wanda Maria Risso Gunther

¹ A professor at USP's campus in São Carlos

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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 - French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Jul 26, 2022 10:45 AM

Deadline: June 2, 2022, 6:00 PM CET (Paris Time)

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the six institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours), Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, and Paris. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars to develop their innovative research projects in France.

The call is open to all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH), and all research fields. Research projects in other sciences and in arts that propose a strong interaction and dialogue with the SSH are also eligible. Some host IAS have scientific priorities that need to be taken into full consideration before applying.

Interested parties must have a strong interdisciplinary dimension and aim at a major advance on their topic or in methods. An essential selection criteria is the capacity of the proposed projects to make explicit their potential impact beyond their discipline/field and possibly beyond academia. Priority will be given to projects addressing societal challenges or offering innovative insights into the functioning of humans and societies.

The FIAS fellows will benefit from the support and conducive scientific environment offered by the IAS, in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and in close relation to the local research potential. The fellows will be free to organize their work and conduct research as they wish.

All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (2,700€ per month), social security coverage, accommodation, a research and training budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.

Available positions for the 2023-2024 academic year: 37.

  • Paris: 13
  • Lyon: 10
  • Aix-Marseille: 4
  • Nantes: 4
  • Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours): 3
  • Montpellier: 3


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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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