PhD position in soil science, topic "Urban soils in historical cities: Criticalities, potentialities, and future prospects for the smart cities"
University of Florence, Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry
The University of Florence (UNIFI) is one of the largest organizations for research and higher education in Italy with over 50,000 students, 1,700 teaching and research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff and 1,600 PhD students and research fellows. Researchers at the UNIFI can benefit from approximately 40 research structures, including inter-departmental and inter-university centres, as well as specialized research, knowledge transfer and advanced training centres. A significant part of the yearly budget is allocated to scientific research. Recently, UNIFI has been ranked among top Italian Universities for the distribution of national research funds, and it is one of the most active Italian universities in terms of European projects and related grants. UNIFI has been granted on December 2018 the European ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award and in 2019 is listed in the 100 to 150 position among the best universities in the world by the subject Agriculture & Forestry, according to the QS World University Ranking (https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-florence/undergrad).
The soil science and the urban forestry group at the University of Firenze, Italy, in conjunction with the soil chemistry group at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, invites application for a 3-year PhD project on “Urban soils in historical cities: Criticalities, potentialities, and future prospects for the smart cities”, starting on November 1st, 2020. The doctorate will provide a double University degree, recognized both in Italy and Spain.
Task and opportunities: The selected PhD student will take an interdisciplinary approach to advance the knowledge of urban soils in the historical cities of Florence and Santiago de Compostela (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), developing strategies and providing a framework for a management aimed at best emphasizing all their ecosystem services and cultural values, and to explore the potential to project artificially assembled soils (Technosols) with high energy and environmental performances for the smart cities of the future.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a relevant Master’s degree (or graduate within the 31st October 2020. We are looking for enthusiastic, perseverant and highly motivated candidates, with good organizational and communication skills, able to work autonomously, and highly interested in analytical and field methods. A robust expertise in environmental analysis is welcome. Good knowledge of English is essential, as well as the willingness to learn Italian (if not already known).
Place of Employment and Place of Work: The place of employment is the University of Firenze, and the place of work is Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry, Piazzale delle Cascine 18, 50144 – Firenze, Italy. The Ph.D. course includes some months to spend at the University of Santiago De Compostela, Departamento de Edafoloxía e Química Agrícola, Praza Seminario de Estudos Galegos, 15782 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain.