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CESAM Recruitment for an ERA Chair holder position

CESAM is looking for an ERA Chair holder to establish and lead an international, highly skilled research team in the area Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, in the scope of the H2020 ERA Chair project “BESIDE – Institutional, Behavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards Sustainable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy”.

BESIDE is a six-year project awarded with 2.5 M €, that aims to reinforce and consolidate research expertise in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at the University of Aveiro Associated Laboratory CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (evaluated with the highest grade of Excellent since 2014).

The mission of CESAM is to develop leading international research on environmental sciences and related risks, including extreme weather events and climate change, with emphasis on coastal systems and marine areas in socio-ecological perspective. The main objective of CESAM is to promote a more efficient use of terrestrial and aquatic (from catchment to the deep sea) environmental resources and a more competitive, resilient and sustainable economy, designed to endorse job creation and assure territorial and social cohesion.

The Chair holder will be hired for a five years’ position, renewed annually, equivalent to Coordinator Researcher (the highest position for researchers in Portugal, equivalent to Full Professor) and will have autonomy to establish its own research team (1 Assistant researcher, 4 Junior researchers, 1 high level technician and 3 PhD students).

  • Application deadline: 1st June 2021
  • Expected starting date: 1st September 2021
  • Location: CESAM, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, PORTUGAL
  • The official announcement is available here
  • Further information about the BESIDE project

For further information about CESAM, please visit

For information about the content of the position, please contact the ERA Chair coordinator:
Ana Isabel Lillebø
Tel: +351 234370779

Open position at CESAM: Equivalent to Assistant Researcher, Social Sciences

CESAM is seeking an Equivalent to Assistant Researcher in the areas of Social Sciences to develop research in the subjects of Environmental Economy and Natural Resources, and the promotion of sustainability and environmental resilience, in the Associated Laboratory Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro.

The full announcement can be found at the UA website. (Ref. CDL-CTTRI-58-SGRH/2021)

Applications will be open until May 21, 2021.

3 Researcher Positions Open at CREAF

CREAF is seeking three staff researchers to pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs. The three new positions are part of our international scope and linked to our accreditation as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence. Positions are full-time research, based in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain), with total contract duration of three years and possibilities of stabilization via specific tenure-track. The desired start is July 2021.  

We pay special attention to equal opportunities for talent and gender issues, this is why two of the three positions offered will be exclusively for womenWe are open to those developing theoretical or empirical work or based on analysis of large databases. Multidisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome, and we are especially interested in a science for solutions approach to global challenges, with emphasis in: 

  • Biodiversity conservation and restoration. 
  • Global change and social ecology. 
  • Big data ecology. 

    The main requirements are the following:

  • To have a PhD, post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field and evidence of research junior leader experience (equivalent to assistant professor or research fellow positions). The desirable postdoctoral + junior leader experience would be >5 years. 
  • Experience leading research projects and/or advising PhD thesis. 
  • Research aligned with CREAF’s. More information: 
INBO – PhD Research opportunity: socio-ecological keystone species

Through the application of a system thinking approach, this PhD research aims to explore (potentially hidden) species-based interactions between nature and society. We will analyze social-ecological keystone species coexistence with humans and societies and highlight indirect feedback loops, focusing on existing cases and action research in real-life situations and ongoing projects. This study focuses on:

  • exploring and analysing existing social-ecological keystone species
  • theoretical conceptualization of the concept
  • its consequences, potential and conditions for application

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