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Message posted on 11/02/2020

Call for candidates for an interdisciplinary postdoc in "Sensing disasters" (Open University of Catalonia)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that our university, the Open University of
Catalonia, has opened a call for five new three-year postdoctoral research
stays at the UOC. The places are aimed at teaching staff and postdoctoral
researchers specialized in any of the areas of knowledge covered by the
University's research groups. The deadline to apply is 1 March.

The call is geared towards researchers holding a doctoral degree from the
UOC or another institution who meet the terms and conditions set forth by
the call. Candidates holding a doctoral degree from the UOC must provide
proof of having carried out at least one other postdoctoral stay at another
university or research centre for a minimum of two years. To access the
external announcement, click here


This year candidates can request to carry out an interdisciplinary
postdoctoral stay, an entirely new feature for calls of this nature. This
option is the result of the UOC's push for interdisciplinary research, as
laid out in its Strategic Plan. For the purposes of this call,
interdisciplinary research is considered to be research which merges
knowledge and methodology from different disciplines through an observable
synthesis or combination of approaches. This differs from multidisciplinary
research, in which researchers from different disciplines work together.

In this context, CareNet & Wine
research groups are calling for candidates to
apply to a potential postdoc on “Sensing Disasters”:

Environmental and disaster science and governance have been significantly
transformed by digital sensing infrastructures. Environmental monitoring
via ICT, monitoring technologies, and IoT applications have become crucial
for understanding, registering and managing an increasing number of
environmental processes, epidemics or disasters. These technologies may be
part of computational arrangements, making the environment programmable in
the form of data inputs that are rendered calculative by computer systems.
However, as sensors are not merely input devices that make nature available
to human experience – they are also interventions that construct, for
instance, notions of environmental pollution according to which variables
are measured where, who can access and verify the data, etc. Indeed, these
digital infrastructures also tend to become objects of great public
scrutiny and debate, as well as part of numerous citizen science
initiatives and environmental justice forms of activism.

With this call, we are seeking candidates that aim to engage in an
study/experiment of “participatory sensing” of disasters in Catalonia.
aim of the project is to bring social scientists and technologists to
collaborate in the design, implementation and later analysis of sensors
contributing to gather other voices, temporalities, geographies and
intersections usually not represented in a particular socio-environmental
issue. Some case studies we are interested in and that can inspire
potential applications are:


Pig slurry contamination: sensing and monitoring nitrates.


Sensing and monitoring climate change wildfires.

Sensing and monitoring air quality in urban or industrial environments.

Beneficiaries: the researchers awarded the available places must not have
been employed by the UOC at any time during the two years prior to the
publication of this call. The provisional decision for the call will be
published from 3 April, and appeals can be made until 13 April. The appeals
and final decision will then be made public from 17 April.

If you are interested in submitting a research proposal to this grant and
join this interdisciplinary exploration, please send a motivation letter, a
CV including a list of publications, and a statement on current and future
research interests by email to by 21st February 2020.

Thanks in advance. Best,

Israel Rodríguez Giralt
IN3 - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute
CareNet Research Group

Senior Researcher (+34) 934 505 495 / CUIDAR

@birrabel / @ProyectoCuidar
/ linkedin

Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 5
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona)
facebook / @IN3_UOC
/ linkedin

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