Research Assistant - Water Resources Management, Dresden, Germany


Closing date: Sunday, 1 May 2016
POSITION: Personnel Service Agreement
REFERENCE NO.: 2016/UNU/FLORES/PSA/RA/28
LOCATION: Dresden, Germany
Timezone: UTC +1
CLOSING DATE: 2016 05 01
Organization Unit: UNU Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
the United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.
UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute, through research, capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge, to the resolution of pressing challenges in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources (water, soil and waste), particularly in developing and transitional countries. It aims to serve within the UN as the think tank on resources management and be internationally recognised as a major hub and intellectual focal point promoting integrated management strategies addressing, in particular, the needs of developing and emerging countries. The Institute is located in Dresden, Federal Republic of Germany.
For more information please visit http://flores.unu.edu.
Water Resources Management Unit
As part of this year's work plan, the Water Resources Management Unit's work consists of (i) seeking and applying for funds,(ii) preparing scientific publications, mostly as review articles,and (iii) activating and establishing relationships with partners. The Research Assistant will be fundamental to keeping up with the expected work load.
The Water Resource Management Unit at UNU-FLORES focuses on the following research areas
  • water availability - assessment of amounts of water in surface and sub-surface waters, amounts of virtual water (green, blue, grey), conflicting uses and management (abstraction versus recharge)
  • water quality - assessment of types and concentration of pollutants (nutrients, pesticides, PCBs, antibiotics, hormones, heavy metals, etc.), effects of single and multiple pollutants on environmental health (plant, animal and human), management practices, and ecosystem resilience
  • trade-offs (economic, social, and environmental) - assessment of guiding principles for the use and management of water (legal frameworks, socio-economic boundary conditions, etc.), development of options for practices and policies considering a nexus approach
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