Post‐Doctoral Research Fellow in Water Resources Engineering and Hydrodiplomacy (ref. no....

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Jul 2022

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a European Non-profit Science and Technology oriented Educational and Research Institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees. The research agenda of the CyI is pursued at its four Research Centres: The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Centre (STARC), the Energy Environment Water Research Centre (EEWRC) and the Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (CARE-C). Considerable cross-centre interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The Cyprus Institute invites applications for a highly qualified and motivated individual to join the Institute as a Post‐Doctoral Research Fellow in Water Resources Engineering and Hydro‐diplomacy. The successful candidate will work closely with the EEWRC team in order to develop a novel approach which propose water hydro‐diplomacy modeling scenarios for an integrated water mass concept (conventional and nonconventional), in relation with the United Nations Convention 1997‐article 6 parameters: (a) geographic, hydrographic, hydrological, climatic, ecological and other factors of a natural character; (b) the social and economic needs of the watercourse States concerned; (c) the population dependent on the watercourse in each watercourse State; (d) the effects of the use or uses of the watercourses in one watercourse State on other watercourse States; (e) existing and potential uses of the watercourse; (f) conservation, protection, development and economy of use of the water resources of the watercourse and the costs of measures taken to that effect; (g) the availability of alternatives, of comparable value, to a particular planned or existing use.

These modeling scenarios will highlight the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2, 6 and 7), and the Water‐Energy‐Food‐Ecosystem Nexus for mitigating the water‐related conflicts in the EMME countries. Such approach aims to propose a technical solution (toolkit) reaching a win‐win agreement between the Blue Nile riparian countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt) and the Jordan River Basin riparian countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel) based on “equitable sharing and reasonable use concept. Realizing the research objectives will contribute to: (i) securing the domestic water needs for all riparian countries, (ii) promoting the irrigated agriculture amongst all riparian countries, (iii) satisfying the energy demands for all riparian countries, and (iv) securing the food needs for all riparian countries.

The initial period of the appointment will be for a duration of 30 months with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and availability of funds. An internationally competitive remuneration package will be offered, which is commensurate with the level of experience of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities/activities to be involved in:

  • Carrying out an onsite and offsite collection of the needed water‐related data for achieving the research objectives.
  • Data post processing in MATLAB/PYTHON (or in any other similar platform) to evaluate the parameters in the field of water allocation.
  • Employing the scientific (e.g. statistical and mathematical modeling) and technical tools (e.g. WEAP and ESRI‐GIS) to realize the win‐win solution for water allocation among riparian countries of the Nile River Basin and Jordan River Basin.
  • Drafting and publishing of scientific article/s.
  • Communicating the results and implications of research conducted at EEWRC at all levels including the water‐related decision makers.

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