Dresden, Germany


Systems and Flux Analysis considering Global Change Assessment
(Personnel Service Agreement - PSA)

Organizational Unit : United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

Reference Number : 2017/UNU/FLORES/PSA/RA/48

Applications to : hrflores@unu.edu

Closing Date : 31 July 2017

Contract Duration : 1 Year

United Nations University Objectives:

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. For more information, please visit http://unu.edu.

United Nations University 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 recognized as 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.

Systems and Flux Analysis considering Global Change Assessment:

The Systems and Flux Analysis Considering Global Change Assessment Unit promotes interdisciplinary research on material fluxes and the cycling of the environmental resources - water, soil, and waste. The quantitative analysis of resources┬┤ quantities, qualities and material flow is an integral dimension of applying a Nexus Approach and a prerequisite for the sustainable management of these resources under conditions of global change.

The Unit plays a central role in integrative data analysis, making use of systematic monitoring approaches at various spatial scales, including station data and earth observation techniques. It also works on and with integrative modelling tools for systems understanding and assessing and predicting impacts of climate change. The integration of the Unit into the overall research strategy of UNU-FLORES facilitates and fosters the implementation of research results into management plans and governance.


Under the authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and direct supervision of the Academic Officer-Systems and Flux Analysis considering Global Change Assessment, the successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:
  • Contribute to the development of nexus-relevant projects and case studies which require linking models of sub-compartments and/or processes at various spatial scales;
  • Contribute to the development of model extensions and interfaces to implement scenario analysis concerning effects of management options and of global change;
  • Contribute to assessing and integrating monitoring data of environmental resources from various sources and for various scales;
  • Contribute to establishing and maintaining a database and platform on nexus-relevant modelling tools and monitoring programmes;
  • Contribute to conceptualizing and developing various publications related to systems and flux analysis for integrated management of resources;
  • Support fund-raising including development of project proposals, contacting and maintaining a dialogue with potential donors, and other work related to fund-raising; and
  • Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • A Master's degree in natural sciences or engineering in a field related to systems and flux analysis and/or global change assessment;
  • A PhD in a relevant area would be an asset;
  • Minimum three (3) years of professional work experience in research on systems and flux analysis, climate change, or other related field;
  • Working experience with available modeling approaches and tools related to environmental resources management, material cycling/substance flows or related areas;
  • Good knowledge of monitoring programmes, in particular working with relevant Earth Observation data would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of a programming language or programming environments such as MATLAB or R is highly desirable;
  • Experience in scientific writing and drafting project proposals is highly desirable;
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset;
  • Ability to work within agreed timelines;
  • A good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience of the successful candidate.

Duration of Contract:

This is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-FLORES, with the possibility for renewal subject to fund availability and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointment shall not exceed six (6) years.

The successful candidate will be employed under a personnel service agreement based in Dresden, Germany and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a "staff member" as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.

Starting Date: As soon as possible.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to hrflores@unu.edu and must include the following:
  • A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
  • A sample of original published academic research as first author that are of relevance to the vacancy (journal paper or book chapter);
  • A curriculum vitae and a completed and signed UNU Personal History form (P.11) downloadable from the UNU Website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations;
  • The e-mail and the application documents must indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/FLORES/PSA/RA/48).
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8)

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