Joint Junior Researcher Programme (Master’s Thesis)

Overview
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  • Eligibility

    This programme is for master’s students enrolled at the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden). Master’s students enrolled at other universities are invited to visit the section Master’s Thesis Opportunity.

    Objective

    This initiative provides graduate students with the opportunity to write a master’s thesis under the guidance of supervisors at both UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden. Upon completion of the master’s thesis, successful candidates are expected to have developed deeper knowledge, understanding, and capabilities in the context of the study area and will disseminate the research results in a way that is beneficial for the research area and for their career.

    Criteria

    The qualifications which will be considered in the application process include, but are not limited to, the following. The ideal candidate:

    • is currently pursuing a master’s degree at TU Dresden
    • has proven proficiency in oral and written English
    • is able to work within agreed timelines and to communicate clearly and effectively
    • is a good team player with strong interpersonal skills
    • demonstrates the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

    UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.

    Duration

    The successful candidate shall complete and submit the master’s thesis for evaluation within an agreed timeline of not more than six months with both supervisors.

    Important Information

    Please note that this opportunity will not be financially remunerated. The purpose of the master’s thesis opportunity is not to lead to further employment at UNU-FLORES but to complement an applicant’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment after completion of the master’s thesis. Also, please note that the medium of instruction at UNU-FLORES is English.

    Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


    Topics

    Supply Chain in the Agri-Food Sector and Related Climate Change Challenges

    Germany, like many other regions, is affected by climate change. Almost all areas of society are concerned about its consequences. Small and medium-sized enterprises are vulnerable to climate change. They face considerable challenges in developing sustainable adaptation strategies and practical measures due to a lack of expertise and relevant knowledge about climate change’s possible ecological and economic impacts. One of the main objectives of the project KlimaKonform, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the frame of the funding initiative “Regional Information on Climate Action” (RegIKlim), is to develop a decision-support system for evaluating climate resilience of stakeholders within the agri-food supply chain.

    The intended MSc thesis aims to increase understanding and characterise the main challenges faced by private sectors within the agri-food supply chain regarding climate change. For this purpose:

    • the relevant stakeholders of private sectors along the agri-food supply chain in the research region shall be identified and categorised
    • information/data about the problems and opportunities resulting from climate change from the private sector within the supply chain shall be collected through surveys and questionnaires
    • the information and data obtained from the survey and questionnaire shall be analysed to determine the key issues that need to be tackled to enhance the climate resilience of the agri-food supply chain

    We are looking for a motivated student interested in agri-food supply chain analyses/research for this MSc thesis research.

    A basic understanding of climate change, statistics, and surveys are desirable.

    Supervisors:
    Prof. Remmer Sassen, TU Dresden (remmer.sassen@tu-dresden.de)
    Dr Lulu Zhang, UNU-FLORES (lzhang@unu.edu)


    Supply Chain in the Agri-Food Sector under Climate Change: A Literature Review

    Germany, like many other regions, is affected by climate change. Almost all areas of society are concerned about the consequences. Small and medium-sized enterprises are vulnerable to climate change. They face considerable challenges in developing sustainable adaptation strategies and practical measures due to a lack of expertise and relevant knowledge about the possible ecological and economic impacts of climate change. One of the main objectives of the project of KlimaKonform, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in the frame of the funding initiative “Regional Information on Climate Action” (RegIKlim), is to develop a decision support system for evaluating climate resilience of stakeholders within the agri-food supply chain.

    The intended MSc thesis aims to investigate/explore the current development of climate change adaptation strategy in the agri-food supply chain. For this purpose:

    • a systematic review and analysis of the literature and studies on agri-food supply chain shall be performed
    • the existing climate change adaptation practices applied in the agri-food sector to enhance stakeholders’ climate resilience shall be identified
    • the economic and ecological effects of adaptation practices shall be analysed and areas of opportunities to enhance climate change adaptation over the supply chain in the agri-food sector shall be sought

    We are looking for a motivated student interested in agri-food supply chain analyses/research for this MSc thesis research.

    A basic understanding of climate change, statistics, and surveys are desirable.

    Supervisors:
    Prof. Thomas Herlitzius, TU Dresden (herlitzius@ast.mw.tu-dresden.de)
    Věra Greschner Farkavcová, UNU-FLORES (farkavcova@unu.edu)

  • All applications should include:

    1. Completed and signed application form
    2. Letter of motivation
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Copy of academic records related to master’s courses
    5. Proof of English proficiency

    Interested applicants should send their application material in one single PDF file to the respective thesis topic supervisor.

  • Application Form: Master's Thesis

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