Competition advertisement for four Scientific Researcher positions

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 6 Oct 2023 - 11:00 (Europe/Bucharest)

12 Sep 2023
Job Information

The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest

Research Field

Geography » Other
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

6 Oct 2023 - 11:00 (Europe/Bucharest)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Offer Starting Date

1 Nov 2023
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The University of Bucharest is launching a competition to fill four Scientific Researcher (Recognised researcher) positions for the research project titled “Complex modelling of multiple land degradation processes in Europe. Towards an integrative scientific framework for sustainable land management across the continent”, CF 216/19.11.2022, Geography Faculty.

Employment conditions:

 - doctoral degree in Geography;

 - doctoral degree obtained no more than 5 years ago;

 - young researcher with a maximum age of 35;

 - proven research experience in the thematic area of land degradation – at least 1 ISI-listed article, published as main author (first author, corresponding author or author with equal rights to those of the first author / corresponding author) in red zone (Q1 category) / yellow zone (Q2 category), after impact factor; 

- candidates must provide proof of conducting research and development activities in their field of expertise or in higher education for at least 2 years, or for at least 4 years in other activities (in accordance with Law no. 319/2003 on the Statute of research and development personnel).

Competition tests:

- written test;

- practical test;

- interview.

Topics: Land degradation in Europe and Romania: typology, impact, geospatial modelling.

Duties / Activities related to the position:

 - theoretical research on the issue of land degradation in Europe / Romania (typology, impact, geospatial modelling);

- acquisition of geospatial data on land degradation in Europe / Romania;

- modelling geospatial data on land degradation in Europe / Romania, using Geographical Information Systems;

- interpretation of data used / results obtained on land degradation in Europe / Romania;

- contributing to the preparation of scientific papers.


1)   Borrelli P., Panagos P., Ballabio C., Lugato E., Weynants M., Montanarella L., 2016. Towards a pan-European assessment of land susceptibility to wind erosion. Land Degradation & Development 27, 1093–1105.

2)   Borrelli P., Robinson D.A., Fleischer L.R., Lugato E., Ballabio C., Alewell C., Meusburger K., Modugno S., et al., 2017. An assessment of the global impact of 21st century land use change on soil erosion. Nature Communications 8, .

3)   Borrelli P., Panagos P., Alewell C., Ballabio C., Fagundes H.O., Haregeweyn N., Lugato E., Maerker M., et al., 2023. Policy implications of multiple concurrent soil erosion processes in European farmland. Nature Sustainability 6, 103–112.

4)   Cherlet, M., Hutchinson, C., Reynolds, J., Hill, J., Sommer, S., von Maltitz, G. (Eds.), 2018. World Atlas of Desertification, third edition (WAD 3). Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

5)   ECA, 2018. European Court of Auditors – Combating desertification in the EU: a growing threat in need of more action. Special Report, No. 33, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

6)   Ferreira C.S.S., Seifollahi-Aghmiuni S., Destouni G., et al., 2022. Soil degradation in the European Mediterranean region: Processes, status and consequences. Science of the Total Environment 805, .

7)   Gianoli F., Weynants M., Cherlet M., 2023. Land degradation in the European Union: Where does the evidence converge? Land Degradation & Development 34, 2256–2275.

8)   IPCC, 2019. Land degradation. In: Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. In press.

9)   Lal, R., 2018. Digging deeper: A holistic perspective of factors affecting soil organic carbon sequestration in agroecosystems. Global Change Biology 24, 3285–3301.

10)   Montanarella L., Panagos P., 2021. The relevance of sustainable soil management within the European Green Deal. Land Use Policy 100, .

11)   Orgiazzi A., Ballabio C., Panagos P., Jones A., Fernández‐Ugalde O., 2018. LUCAS Soil, the largest expandable soil dataset for Europe: a review. European Journal of Soil Science 69, 140–153.

12)   Panagos, P., Borrelli, P., Poesen, J., Ballabio, C., Lugato, E., Meusburger, K., Montanarella, L., Alewell, C., 2015. The new assessment of soil loss by water erosion in Europe. Environmental Science & Policy 54, 438–447.

13)   Prăvălie R., Patriche C., Bandoc G., 2017. Quantification of land degradation sensitivity areas in Southern and Central Southeastern Europe. New results based on improving DISMED methodology with new climate data. Catena 158, 309–320.

14)   Prăvălie R., Patriche C., Săvulescu I., Sîrodoev I., Bandoc G., Sfîcă L., 2020. Spatial assessment of land sensitivity to degradation across Romania. A quantitative approach based on the modified MEDALUS methodology. Catena 187, .

15)   Prăvălie R., 2021. Exploring the multiple land degradation pathways across the planet. Earth-Science Reviews 220, .

For more details, please contact us by email at  (Project manager: Remus Prăvălie; Project director: Pasquale Borrelli).

Research Field
Geography » Other
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Geography » Other

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University of Bucharest
90 Panduri Street, 050663, District 5, Bucharest

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