Research Assistant Professor / Post-doctoral Fellow – Faculty of Architecture: University of Hong Kong

September 3, 2018 in Positions

The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong invites applications for appointment as Research Assistant Professor/Post-doctoral Fellow (Ref.: 201801377), to commence as soon as possible for 3 years, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Architecture/Urban Planning, Geography or related fields. They should have at least 2-3 years’ experience in sustainable urban or built environment research, preferably in the contexts of climatic-sensitive planning; and demonstrated experience of working with researchers using urban science or Geographic Information System analytics to process and develop land use dataset for planning implementation. They should also have excellent written and spoken communication skills, the ability to work independently and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, and the ability to work with external parties. Those with expertise knowledge and technique of applied remote sensing and big data/open data informatics are preferred. Applicants with more research experience will be considered for appointment as Research Assistant Professor.

The appointee is expected to communicate and collaborate effectively with other related research teams to facilitate inter-faculty, inter-disciplinary and innovative research with the international and interdisciplinary partners. He/She will work and develop a land use land cover database and advance knowledge of fast urbanization and sustainable development especially for less developed countries in Asia. He/She will be responsible for applying for research grants, preparing academic publications including journal papers and reports to achieve milestones and deliverables, liaising with different research teams, and may be required to undertake teaching duties related to the project.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment of Research Assistant Professor will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V., a personal statement and a 3-year research plan to the Faculty at Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hkCloses September 30, 2018.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

Call: Scholarships to young researchers from developing countries (except Brazil) to take part of their training in Brazil

August 22, 2018 in Awards, Student_Positions

A call from CNPq/TWAS is now available. It aims to grant scholarships to young researchers from developing countries (except Brazil) to make part of their training in Brazil, at the level of Doctorate-sandwich, Doctorate Full or Post-Doctorate.

It is a fine opportunity for those who are researching about the interactions of urban structures and climate to come work with us at the Laboratory of Environmental Comfort at the School of Architecture, UFMG. Our interdisciplinary group is formed by architects, engineers, geographers and meteorologists. We are currently working on urban climate maps with professor Dr. Lutz Katzschner (University of Kassel), thermal comfort indexes in urban precincts, urban energy fluxes monitoring (Project MegaCities headed by professor Dr. Amauri Pereira at the University of São Paulo), modeling of urban areas using ENVI-Met and developing new urban design strategies for tropical cities taking into account the energy and water balance as well as environmental education for community participation in the decision process.

Prof. Dr. Eleonora Sad de Assis
Laboratory of Environmental Comfort (LABCON)
Dep. Technology of Architecture and Urban Planning (TAU)
School of Architecture – The Federal University of Minas Gerais
697 Paraíba Street ZIP CODE 30130-141 CITY Belo Horizonte, MG Brazil
Phone: +55(31)3409-8873 Fax:+55(31)3409-8822 Mobile:+55(31)99616-7717

Special Issue: Impacts of Urban Overheating on Human Life: the Potential of Mitigation and Adaptation Technologies

August 22, 2018 in Journal Special Issue

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute original research and review articles to the special issue of the International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health (ISSM 1660-4601) entitled as “Impacts of Urban Overheating on Human Life: the Potential of Mitigation and Adaptation Technologies“. This special issue belongs to the section “Climate Change and Human Health“.

Special issue information:

Local climate change, including but not limited to the Urban Heat Island effect, is driven by the increasing expansion of our cities and enhanced by global climate change. The ensuing outcome is one of the main environmental challenges of today with major impacts on energy and human health. As the outdoor ambient temperature is increased during the cooling season, total and peak cooling energy and electricity demands rise consequently. Additionally, urban overheating impacts human well-being and health, ranging from increased thermal stress to peaks in morbidity and mortality, specifically during heatwaves. Therefore, it is paramount that mitigation and adaptation strategies for urban heating and overheating are proposed and assessed in detail.

To respond to this urgency, Environmental Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health invite researchers to contribute original research and review articles dealing with all aspects of urban heating and its impact on human life in urban areas. These contributions include recent experimental and modeling studies, implementing techniques and developments tailored to the assessment of urban heating, as well as mitigation and adaptation scenarios proposed and assessed in various urban climates. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • To investigate the impact of urban overheating on building energy needs, electricity demand, health, economy, and hygrothermal comfort.
  • To propose comprehensive methodologies and metrics for quantifying the local and global impact of urban overheating.
  • To present the cooling potential of innovative mitigation and adaptation technologies (from both urban and building design perspectives). In particular, we are interested in original contributions on the development and testing of methods to measure and model the performance of consolidated and advanced technologies, with the identification of the elements of uncertainty, evaluating their reliability and performance in the context of the application.
  • To evaluate the impact and role of advanced mitigation and adaptation policies on human health, energy, peak electricity demand, environment, economy, and comfort.
  • To present innovative application of mitigation and adaptation solution in large-scale projects both at the theoretical and experimental level.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019.

For more information and instructions for authors visit here.

Guest Editors
Dr. Negin Nazarian
Dr. Riccardo Paolini

Scientific advisor
Professor Mattheos Santamouris 

Special Issue URL:

The Guardian: “Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C”

August 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

With links to ICUC-10 and thanks to Dev Niyogi & Nigel Tapper for raising awareness of the urban dimensions of heat.…/a…/13/halfway-boiling-city-50c

Postdoctoral Position in Urban Climate Modelling: Boston University

August 14, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

The Environmental Fluid Mechanics group ( in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University is seeking a postdoctoral candidate interested in urban climate modeling. Specifically, the successful candidate will lead research on improving the urban canopy models in the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Earth System Model and using these urbanized global earth system models to explore a range of urban sustainability and environmental issues including heat stress, water scarcity, urban-related land-use transitions, and urban-atmosphere interactions.

Candidates with previous experience with urban climate modeling using large-scale weather (e.g., WRF) and climate models (e.g., CESM) and experience with high-performance computing in Unix based operating systems and scientific computing languages (e.g., Matlab, Python) are preferred, but highly motivated graduates with background in meteorology and climatology, hydrology, geography, and earth sciences are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. degree is required by the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will benefit from close collaborations with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and GFDL. The successful candidate will also benefit from an outstanding research environment at Boston University. In particular, the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University has strong strengths in areas of land-use/land-cover change and coupled natural and human dimensions of climate change. The department is also home to the Center for Remote Sensing, an active cluster of faculty who are world leaders in this field.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Dan Li ( Please include a cover letter, your latest CV, and names of up to three references. Position start date is as soon as possible but can be changed depending on the candidate’s availability. Initial contract duration is 12 months. Extension is desired but conditional on the performance of the candidate. efm/

Postdoctoral researcher: urban climate modeling for heatwaves; University of Reading

July 24, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Postdoctoral researcher with expertise in multi-scale urban climate modelling to join our NERC-funded research project COSMA to understand the overheating risk and heatwaves in South Asian counties using Sri Lanka as a case study.  The main goal of the work will be to undertake multi-scale climate modeling (urban and building scales) and overheating risk mapping.

The post will be jointly supervised by myself at the School of the Built Environment, and Prof Sue Grimmond and Dr Ting Sun from Department of Meteorology, both at the University of Reading, UK. The post-holder will also benefit from working with experts in different disciplines including meteorology, architecture, planning, engineering and social science within the research team.

School of the Built Environment and Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading are two world-leading research groups in the UK. In REF 2014, School of the Built Environment was ranked 6th in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, and Department of Meteorology was ranked 3rd in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences.

For job details, please go to

For informal contacts, please contact either Dr Zhiwen(Vincent) Luo ( or Prof Sue Grimmond (

Postdoctoral Researcher: Urban Climate Modelling, NUS

July 20, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

The Urban Climate Lab ( in the Department of Geography ( at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is recruiting a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher. We are seeking to strengthen our numerical modeling capabilities to complement current work in experimental urban climate research. The selected person will primarily provide expertise in validating and developing existing urban climate models, though opportunities exist to also participate in experimental field campaigns.

The models considered include the meso-scale urban parameterization scheme WRF, LES model PALM, energy balance scheme LUMPS, outdoor thermal comfort models such as ENVI-met, SOLWEIG and SkyHelios, or fine-scaled process-based urban energy balanced models like TUF3D that have not been tested or applied in densely populated cities in Asia. One possibility is that the successful applicant leads a systematic model comparison study to evaluate the applicability and fitness of models in the tropical context.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in a related field, relevant modeling experience, ability to work with large data sets, and excellent technical, organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, to disseminate key results to the academic community and publish novel research work.

The position is approved and upon satisfactory performance available until March 2021. To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter, full CV including names and contact information of three references via email to Dr Matthias Roth (; who can also be approached for informal information. Applications completed before 15 September 2018 will receive primary consideration. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

For further information, contact:

Matthias ROTH
Professor and Deputy Head
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link, Kent Ridge, Singapore 117570
+65 6516 6103 (DID) :: +65 6777 3091 (Fax) :: (E)
Associate Editor, International Journal of Climatology

Tenure track job: “Urban carbon dynamics” at American University (Washington, DC)

July 12, 2018 in Positions

The Department of Environmental Science in the College of Arts and Science at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2019.  Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2018 in geology, environmental science, earth science or related field.

Candidates must be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research and should be effective teachers.  We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality scholarship in areas including quantitative ecosystem analysis with possible emphases on terrestrial and/or urban carbon dynamics. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include participation in department, school and university activities.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin September 26, 2018, subject to on-going budgetary approval.  Please submit applications via:  Include a letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers.  Please contact Stephen MacAvoy, Department Chair, 202-885-3003 or if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit

Established in 2008, the Department of Environmental Science offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Learn more about our program at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.  American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Alonzo
Asst Professor | Dept of Environmental Science
American University | 202-885-1770

June 2018 issue of the Urban Climate News

July 6, 2018 in Newsletter

The June 2018 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available!
Read about:

  • New IAUC statement on Diversity and a Special Report on Women in STEMM leadership
  • Weather at the World Cup
  • 6 Research priorities for Cities and Climate Change
  • Burning Man Experiment
  • Climate studies in Glasgow, UK
  • Urban climate, urban biometeorology, and science tools for cities at EGU 2018

and more!

Urban Areas and Global Change Session at AGU Fall Meeting 2018

June 25, 2018 in Meetings

We invite you to join the “Urban Areas and Global Change” session at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, D.C.  There is usually a strong representation from the urban climate community in this session, and we welcome abstracts broadly on urban climate measurements and modeling, fluxes, remote sensing, and related urbanization policy fields.

FINAL DEADLINE: 1 August 2018 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.

Submit an abstract at the following link:

AGU Fall Meeting  Washington, D.C., 10-14 December 2018

Session GC095: Urban Areas and Global Change

Urban areas have important feedbacks to Earth system processes from local to global scales. Understanding these feedbacks requires a combination of expertise from different scientific fields. This session invites submissions of new results based on observational, modeling, or data-driven studies of biogeochemical, biophysical, or ecological interactions of human-land-atmosphere systems in urban areas; and of socio-institutional and technological components affecting the spatial and temporal patterns of carbon emissions. We encourage submissions from researchers, who develop and deploy new measurement techniques and scaling methods in complex urban environments and from social scientists, engineers and modeling groups that incorporate urban processes in models. Potential topics of this session include, but are not limited to: energy budgets and greenhouse gases in urban areas; effects of urbanization on regional climate, air quality, and biogeochemical cycles; influence of demographic dynamics, affluence, and socio-political conditions; and implications of these interactions for public policy and urban planning.

Sponsored by Global Environmental Change section

Organizers: Galina Churkina, Yale University, Joe McFadden, University of California, Santa Barbara Erin Wetherley, University of California, Santa Barbara Lei Zhao, Princeton University

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