Research grant at the Università Degli Studi di Firenze on the WEFE Nexus and Ecosystem Services

The Civil and Environment Engineering Department at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy is offering a research grant to “Operationalize the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus through the ecosystem services concept in the Mediterranean Region”. Application deadline is May 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (MESZ).

Job offer

Environmental, economic and societal security are interdependently related to availability and fair access to natural resources, in particular water, land and energy. Indeed, these Nexus elements are highly dependent, crucial for well-being and impacting social cohesion. In the Mediterranean region the water scarcity and land degradation do not match sustainable agricultural practices and often the defense of ecosystems is in conflict with economic growth.

The research conducted at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFI), Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale, aims at developing a multi-sector transdisciplinary approach (integrating ecological and hydrological sciences with social sciences and economics aspects) in order to interlink the WEF components of the Nexus with the ecosystems protection. The research is focused on the development of indicators based on the ecosystem services concept to link climate, energy, water and biodiversity variables, and support the creation of an assessment framework for the WEFE Nexus.


  • Curricular requirements and qualifications: Bachelor’s degree (course of study lasting no less than four years) in Environmental and Territorial Engineering or Civil Engineering or Specialist/Master’s degree; Research doctorate or equivalent qualification obtained abroad; Scientific-professional curriculum suitable for carrying out the research.
  • Country of residence: Europe
  • Nationality: European
  • Researcher profile: First Stage Researcher (R1), Recognized Researcher (R2), Established Researcher (R3) or Leading Researcher (R4)

Selection process

The competition will be carried out by an evaluation of titles and examination, by means of an interview. The date of the interview is set for 9:00 a.m. on June 11, 2021.
Scientific Responsable is Prof.ssa Enrica Caporali.


The selected candidate will receive a grant of € 20,355.60 per year, gross of social security charges, which will be paid in monthly instalments in arrears. The grant is awarded for a period of one year, commencing on 1 July 2021, and may be renewed, if necessary, for a maximum of six years.

All information on the application process and job description in Italian can be found here.