Young Investigator Award at the Environmental Research Institute

  • Environmental Research Institute (IPA-SP)
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Oct 01, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Environmental Studies Geology/Earth & Ocean Sciences Sciences and Technology: other

Job Description

Young Investigator Award at the Environmental Research Institute of the State of São Paulo (IPA-SP) - Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction

Job description

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) intends to establish one Young Investigator Award to be carried out at the Environmental Research Institute of the State of São Paulo (IPA-SP) (embrace former Geological Institute of the State of São Paulo) on the subject of Development of Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Environmental Research Institute (IPA) is a research institution linked to the Infrastructure, and Environmental Secretariat of the Government of the State of São Paulo, which mission is related to the accomplishment of scientific researches in the environment, including Geosciences, Disaster Risk, among other areas, generating necessary knowledge to the implementation of public policies in the State of São Paulo.

The candidates must be starting a promising scientific career with demonstrated two years of postdoctoral experience and be highly motivated to develop and carry out a competitive research program. FAPESP expects the research activities to generate high-impact ideas to be communicated in international scientific publications.

FAPESP will fund the project through its Young Investigator Award Program. The peer-reviewed project of the selected Young Investigator will receive a Research Grant including both a FAPESP Young Investigator Fellowship of BRL 8,377.50 monthly, free of Income Taxes, and funds for research equipment, consumables, supplies, and fellowships for students.

Position Summary and required experience

Floods and landslides pose significant hazards to human lives, across the State of São Paulo, particularly in vulnerable peripheral communities of urban centres. Developing strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction in these communities have a high priority to promoting sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation. Currently, the risk analysis is focused on an engineering-led and technocratic approach, considering little or nothing about the views and actions of the people at risk. The challenge to achieve better results of disaster risk reduction is how to build a strategy focused on the autonomy of the people who lived in risk conditions, stressing the importance of the dialogue between scientific-technical-legal based-instruments with that reality. The project should address the following topics:

  1. Lay understanding of the concepts and practical use of the usual technical risk analyses of geological-hydrological hazards;
  2. Foundations and applicability of community participatory mapping methodologies;
  3. Sustainable practices of risk monitoring;
  4. Envisage alternative solutions to flood and landslide hazard mitigation via the use of co-produced adaptive management practices.

The candidate should have a formation in Earth Sciences with experience and knowledge in disaster risk analysis and participatory mapping methodologies. Language skills: English, Spanish or Portuguese.

The candidate must demonstrate scientific experience in the subject through publications in the last five years.

Application Details

Application, documents, and deadlines

Eligibility criteria

  1. a) To have a PhD or equivalent title;
  2. b) To have an outstanding research record.
  3. c) To demonstrate successful experience as a researcher, after PhD, for at least two years, in a research group outside Brazil and internationally competitive.

c.1.) Exceptionally, at the discretion of FAPESP, it is possible to accept proponents with international experience of fewer than two years (but always more than one year) after the PhD as long as they demonstrate an excellent international collaboration network with excellent groups, as well as exceptional performance and potential leadership demonstrated during the international internship.

Selection process

The candidates should send the applications electronically, preferable as a single pdf archive, to Dr Claudio Ferreira ( until 15th November 2021, including the following documents:

  1. One short research proposal (4,000 characters maximum in two pages);
  2. A motivation letter (200 words maximum in one page);
  3. Curriculum vitae (maximum in three pages); the CV should present experience and highlighted publications in indexed scientific journals according to FAPESP instructions (short CV FAPESP Instructions -;
  4. Three recommendation letters.

The Selection Commission will invite a shortlist of three candidates to attend a personal interview (in person or by videoconference).

The final candidate for the position will be selected considering the documents presented and the interview. The next step comprehends the submission by the selected candidate of a full research proposal according to the Fapesp Guidelines.

Areas of research position Development of Community-based Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Disaster Risk Analysis
  • Participatory mapping
  • Disaster Risk Reduction



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