CU–SEI Joint PhD Student/Research Associate (Three positions)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Scholarship
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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The roles

CU and SEI are recruiting three joint positions in the following research areas:

  • Water resources management
  • Policy analysis and development
  • Gender, environment and development

Chulalongkorn University (CU) and SEI are jointly recruiting highly motivated candidates for three Joint Ph.D. Student/Research Associate positions (hereafter refer to as “joint-positions”) in fields related to either water resources management, policy analysis and development, or gender, environment and development.

Each successful candidate’s main responsibility will be to work on research activities that will be mutually agreed by CU, SEI and the successful candidate, from the design stage through to implementation, as well as to communicate the results to the targeted users of the research findings.

Each successful candidate can enroll as a doctoral/Ph.D. student at Chulalongkorn University, where their tuition fee will be exempted (or be awarded with the full scholarship). A completion of the degree will be mainly based on research publications. The publications will be considered as joint publications of CU and SEI.

It is not compulsory for the joint positions to take any study course. However, they are entitled to do so without any charge if it is recommended by co-supervisors of both parties.

Each successful candidate will report directly to two co-supervisors assigned by CU and SEI and respective project leaders/managers for which s/he/they work with, and is under the overall supervision of SEI Asia Centre Director and Ph.D. Program Director at CU.

Research areas/topics and required qualifications

1. Joint Position on Water Resources Management Research

1.1 Research topic

To address key policy and practice questions governing sustainable development of water resources in ASEAN region.

Research topics focus on water-food-energy security, water and SDG, urban nexus, managing water-related disasters and extremes, climate change and adaptation, ecosystem services or natural based solutions.

1.2 Required qualifications and experience

To succeed in this role, you can work both in teams and independently in a highly flexible and exciting research environment. You are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical, people-based skills.

  • Master’s degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience in water resources management, natural resources management, water disaster risk management, climate change or sustainable development
  • GPA of the Master’s degree is 3.50 or higher
  • Good record of research publications. At least one peer review publication as first author or corresponding author
  • Fluency and proven excellent skills in spoken and written English (shortlisted candidates will have to provide a English score; CU-TEP, IELTS or TOEFL score at least 67,5.5,525, respectively)
  • Extensive understanding and knowledge of the ASEAN region
  • Work experience in ASEAN region is desirable
  • Work experience in water resources modelling, remote sensing and programming is desirable 

2. Joint Position on Policy Analysis and Development

2.1 Research topic

To undertake research on the governance of natural resources and examine the political and institutional frameworks around the following topics. Cross-cutting to these topics are poverty, inequality, human rights, and climate change:

  • Sustainability in international trade and supply chains
  • Indigenous/cultural rights and access to natural resources in the region
  • Rural transition, including its drivers and impacts
  • Regional integration and SDG alignment/harmonization, including the sustainability of regional economic integration
  • Mechanisms for enhancing environmental compliance, including ESIA frameworks
  • The role of the private sector in SDG achievement, including CSR and responsible business practices

2.2 Required qualifications and experience

To succeed in this role, you can work both in teams and independently in a highly flexible and exciting research environment. You are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical, people-based skills.

  • Master’s degree in institutional or resource economics, political sciences, social sciences with at least 3 years of working experience
  • GPA of the Master’s degree is 3.50 or higher
  • Good record of research publications. At least one peer review publication as first author or corresponding author
  • Fluency and proven excellent skills in spoken and written English (shortlisted candidates will have to provide a English score; CU-TEP, IELTS or TOEFL score at least 67,5.5,525, respectively)
  • Extensive understanding and knowledge of the ASEAN region
  • Work experience in ASEAN region is desirable
  • Interest in working with in other countries of the ASEAN region

3. Joint Position on Gender, Environment and Development (GED)

3.1 Research topic

To undertake research on the governance of sustainability transitions in Southeast Asia from a gender and social equity perspective. The successful candidate must be familiar with and have had experience in studying some or all of these themes below:

  • Gender analysis of livelihoods in land, water, and energy
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Political economy analysis of land, water, energy
  • Gender analysis of governance processes in sustainable land, water, and energy projects
  • Development displacements, migration and their gender and social dimensions in climate change and disaster contexts
  • Critical perspectives on international governance instruments such as the post-2015 agenda

3.2 Required qualifications and experience

To succeed in this role, you can work both in teams and independently in a highly flexible and exciting research environment. You are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical, people-based skills.

  • Master’s degree in a related field with at least 3 years of working experience
  • GPA of the Master’s degree is 3.50 or higher
  • Good record of research publications. At least one peer review publication as first author or corresponding author
  • Fluency and proven excellent skills in spoken and written English (shortlisted candidates will have to provide a English score; CU-TEP, IELTS or TOEFL score at least 67,5.5,525, respectively)
  • Extensive understanding and knowledge of the ASEAN region
  • Work experience in ASEAN region is desirable
  • Interest in working with in other countries of the ASEAN region

Additional information

Starting date and duration of PhD program

1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022

Benefits

  • Exemption for tuition fee and other fees related to the proposal defense and final defense for the 3-year Ph.D. program at CU
  • Monthly scholarship of 30,000 THB/month
  • All travel costs related to the project will be covered
  • Work space will be offered both by CU and SEI, as well as access to internet and online library
  • Other potential benefits might include different possibilities for travel such as;
    • an internship with or exchange visit to other centres of SEI;
    • opportunities for traveling abroad for field work
    • presenting your research at international conferences.

These benefits are subject to the interest of all concerned parties, funding availability and relevancy to the research projects.

How to apply

Please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 21 April 2019. As we only accept applications through our recruitment system, apply online using the button below and include:

  • 1-page cover letter specifying your intention to apply for this position and highlighting relevant qualifications and experience with a specification on the research areas that you would like to pursue (i.e. water, gender, or policy)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume including 2 references
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official transcript of academic records of your master study
  • A research proposal for the research that you would like to carry out in your PhD (not more than 500 words)
  • 1-2 writing samples where you are lead author or corresponding author (in English). This should include at least one peer review paper.