Universities and Institutes of Romania

Universities and Institutes of Romania

Competition Advertisement For Two Scientific Research Assistant Positions

Closing soon

12 Sep 2023

Job Information


The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest



Research Field

Geography » Other


Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)



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 two Scientific Research Assistant (First stage 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:

- Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Geography;

- young doctoral student with a maximum age of 30;

- doctoral research activity that touches at least partially on the topic of land degradation in Europe or in Romania.

Competition 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;

- processing geospatial data on land degradation in Europe / Romania, using Geographic Information Systems;

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

- contributing to the preparation of scientific works.


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, https: // doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-02142-7.

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, https: // doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150106.

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, https: // doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104950.

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, https: // doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2019.104407.

15) Prăvălie R., 2021. Exploring the multiple land degradation pathways across the planet. Earth-Science Reviews 220, https: // doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103689.

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


Research Field

Geography » Other

Education Level

Master Degree or equivalent





Research Field

Additional Information Work Location(s)

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University of Bucharest






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


Job details


Competition Advertisement For Two Scientific Research Assistant Positions


Universities and Institutes of Romania



September 13, 2023

Application deadline

October 06, 2023

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science