November 2011
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[Met-jobs] Two Research Positions in Climate-Health Applications - ICTP, Trieste, Italy

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available in the Earth System Physics (ESP) section of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), an IAEA/UNESCO affiliated institute located in Trieste in northern Italy. The positions are funded by European Union FP7 projects QWeCI and HEALTHY FUTURES, which will examine the predictability and projection of vector-borne diseases (in particular malaria) in diverse regions of Africa from seasonal to multi-decadal timescales in order to perform vulnerability assessments and guide planning and mitigation actions.

POSITION A: Development of the VECTRI dynamical disease model
The appointed researcher will focus on the further development of the new ICTP dynamical disease model VECTRI. The model represents the malaria disease cycle accounting for climate information as well as population density and simple surface hydrology. The candidate will develop the model further to improve the treatment of the hydrological and human components, including the effect of various interventions and migration. Extending the model to other vector borne diseases with strong climate drivers will also be considered. A good level of computer literacy with a demonstrated ability to write program code (preferably Fortran90) is expected.

POSITION B: Remote sensing of surface hydrology at fine spatial scales
This researcher will use his/her knowledge of remote sensing techniques to map land cover and surface hydrology at high spatial resolutions relevant for vector breeding (pond-scale for malaria, and lake boundaries for schistosomiasis). The ultimate aim is to use this information to develop a simplified representation of the hydrology in the dynamical disease models developed within the projects. Knowledge of available relevant satellite products and GIS software is essential.

The candidates are expected to have a PhD and peer-reviewed publications. An enthusiasm for collaborative project work involving travel to Africa is also required. Further details of the project are available from the project PI at ICTP, Adrian Tompkins (

ICTP offers internationally competitive remuneration which will depend on the experience of the candidate. Details of ESP research activities are available at The positions are offered for an initial period of one year, renewable for up to an additional two years, to start as soon as possible.

Each application should include:
- a letter of motivation
- a curriculum vitae
- a list of publications (with refereed journal highlighted)

Applications must be submitted on-line at:
Position A:
Position B:

Earth System Physics Section
the Abdus Salam International
Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel. 39 040 2240374
Fax  39 040 2240449

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