CZECH UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES

Post-Doctoral Position in Decision Support Systems  

Location
Prague (CZ)
Posted
01 May 2018
End of advertisement period
31 May 2018
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

Post-Doctoral Position in Decision Support Systems  
 
JOB DESCRIPTION


Forest ecosystems provide various ecosystem services and under the concept of multiple-use forestry managers develop short-, mid and long term plans to meet the demands of forest owners and the general public. Decision Support Systems (DSS) have the potential to support forest managers in designing those management plans and preparing decisions under economic, ecologic and socio-economic constraints. DSS are computer based systems that combine predictive forest ecosystem models with the power of operations research methods and database management systems in order to support decision making by various visual and tabular means. The design of a powerful DSS, which provides meaningful results and is easy to use is not trivial. The success of the research activities is therefore also strongly depending on the acceptability of the potential users of the DSS.
We are searching for two postdocs.

Research tasks:

  • Design and develop a framework for a Forest Management Decision Support System in the Czech Republic;
  • Evaluate multi-criteria decision making methods (MADM, MODM) for forest management planning;
  • Evaluate uncertainty techniques and risk assessment methods for providing decision support;
  • Combine models, methods and data for the application of the DSS in a case study.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carries out R&D activities within the assigned sub-tasks and is encouraged to take part in further fundraising with senior scientists;
  • Cooperates with and supervises students of the research centre in the field of his/her expertise;
  • Publishes the results of his/her work in international scientific journals;
  • Reports to sub-project coordinator.

The following documents must be documented along with the application:

  • Diploma (and its nostrification, if necessary);
  • Curriculum Vitae, incl. a list of publications;
  • Confirmation of 2 years professional activity outside of the Czech Republic within the last 3 years and/of Ph.D. program documents (confirmation can also be included in the CV);
  • Letter of motivation, incl. a brief description of the research that the post-doc will work on, including justification for the study and its contribution to the field;

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

1.    Completed Ph.D. education or other appropriate level 8 of ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) qualification completed within the last 7 years.
2.    The applicant has worked outside of the Czech Republic for at least 2 years as a researcher (0.5 contract or more) or has studied doctoral studies during the last years.
3.    Research experiences in one or several of the following fields: operations research methods, forest ecosystem modelling, uncertainty and risk evaluation, software design and computer programming, database management, visualization and graphical design, application of statistical algorithms (R, SPSS) 
4.    Evidence of publication activity at the level of international, good impact factor publications (The applicant has already published 2 peer-reviewed research outputs during the last 3 years); Excellent English communication and writing skills (knowledge of the Czech language is not required).
5.    Experiences in modelling complex decision problems, strong conceptual thinking and capacities for problem solving.

ABOUT THE EMPLOYER

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, is searching for 2 researchers (Post-Doctoral Positions) to new projects: “Advanced research supporting the forestry and wood-processing sector´s adaptation to global change and the 4th industrial revolution“, reg. no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000803, and “Supporting the development of international mobility of research staff at CULS Prague”, reg. no. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_027/0008366..

The aim of the projects, co-financed by EU, managing authority the Operational Program Research, Development and Education, is to build a Centre for Excellence Research and/or support the development of international mobility of research staff at CULS Prague.

We offer:

  • Working on a temporary contract (at least 22 months; for the Mobility project, contract will start in September 2018), but with possibilities of extension
  • Work full-time employment (1.0)
  • Salary: at least 1 600 € (Advantage: Low living expenses in Prague)
  • Place of work: Kamýcká 129, 16500 Prague – Suchdol, Czech Rep. (EU)
  • Possible participation in the creation of new center for excellence research at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences CULS in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Benefits of the CULS employee
  • Work in a dynamic, international, cooperative and high professional quality team
  • Extend research networks by participation in international conferences and presentation of research findings
  • Working in English

Apply by 31/5/2018 on email: cabrada@fld.czu.cz

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