Vacancies: Postdoctoral research fellow, project coordinator & thesis students

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS)* is seeking competent, committed and result oriented researchers and supporting staffs to support the Center for Analytical Sciences at KIAS focusing on following project. 

Background of project: Contamination of food products with pesticides and (oo)cysts is a common public health problem. In this project, we aim to (a) develop paper-based analytical device to measure pesticide residues in food products combining enzyme inhibition assay and smartphone detection, (b) develop smartphone based microscopic system to measure (oo)cyst contamination in food products, and (c) validate both of above methods in field. These one-year (possibility of extension to one more year) positions are supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via National Academy of Sciences, USA.

1. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (full time contract)

Vacancy number: CAS1703, Position available: 1

Qualification: The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. (in analytical chemistry, biotechnology or related fields) with significant laboratory experience and several first author publications, and have demonstrated excellence in communication & leadership. The candidate should be self-motivated and be able to work both independently and as a part of a team. Previous research experience in analytical method development and validation is desired.

Tasks: Specific duties of the postdoctoral research fellow include:

  • Designing and performing experiments to develop paper-based analytical device to measure pesticide residue
  • Maintaining proper lab records
  • Providing guidance and training for students and researchers
  • Preparation of manuscripts and assistance in grant writing
  • Laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance
  • Coordinate with other researchers within and outside the project
  • Other duties as assigned by the PI of the project, which may include some administrative and outreach activities

 2. Project coordinator (full time contract)

Vacancy number: CAS1704, Position available: 1

Qualification: The ideal candidate should have at least a B.S. (in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or related fields) with some laboratory and research experience, and have demonstrated excellence in communication & leadership. (S)he should be highly motivated and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Tasks: Specific duties include

  • Coordinate with other researchers involved in the project and collaborators
  • Coordinate meetings & field trips
  • Maintaining proper paper works of the project
  • Taking care of equipment, supplies and other logistics involved in the project
  • Other duties as assigned by the PI of the project, which may include some administrative and outreach activities

3. Dissertation students (full time students)

Vacancy number: CAS1705, Positions available: 2

Students will be supported for their dissertation work by providing necessary financial assistance along with supervision.

Qualification: The ideal candidates should be regular MS/BS students (in chemistry, biotechnology, environmental science, microbiology or related fields) enrolled in University/College in Kathmandu, Nepal. The students must have demonstrated excellence in communication & leadership. They should be highly motivated and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous research experience is preferred. Selected candidates should be able to work at least one year and preference will be given to those who are towards the end of first year or second semester in case of MS and towards the end of third year in case of BS.

There are two tracks for thesis support opportunity:

(a) develop paper-based analytical device to measure pesticide residue in food products combining enzyme inhibition assay and smartphone for signal detection,

(b) develop smartphone based microscopic system to measure (oo)cyst contamination in food products

Both tracks require extensive lab works. Please indicate track category you are interested in while submitting your application.

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Location

All positions are based in KIAS Kathmandu office with some field visits outside Kathmandu.

Salary & benefits

KIAS provides competitive salary and benefits to deserving candidates and appointments will be made in accordance with KIAS policy.

Application closing date

All positions are available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis and only selected candidates will be contacted for next steps.

Last date to submit application: February 10, 2018

Email your application to:

Human Resource Department

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences

Kathmandu, Nepal

Email: career@kias.org.np

The application should include a current CV and a letter of interest. Please do not forget to write vacancy number on subject line of the email.

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*Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is a not-for-profit research organization in Nepal established by a group of Nepali scientists with proven excellence in basic and applied science. KIAS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive researchers, and staffs and believes in promoting affirmative action to achieve such diversities. KIAS encourages all qualified applicants, including minorities and women.

Master’s thesis support program

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) announces applications for dissertation support for masters students in Nepal on following topic.

Topic: Evaluation of surface and groundwater quality in current and former landfill locations in Kathmandu, Nepal

Selected student will be supported by necessary funding and supervision to complete the research work.

Project description: In Nepal, municipal solid waste is primarily deposited in open dumps or landfills located near riverbanks with very minimal treatment of raw waste. Therefore, landfills are known to generate large quantity of leachate as waste goes through biological, physical, and chemical degradation processes when pressure, heat, and temperature is applied to the waste. While Kathmandu city generates 524 tons per day of municipal solid waste (Dangi et al., 2011), most of it is either never collected or whatever is collected ultimately is deposited in layers either near the river corridors in Kathmandu or in its temporary landfill located in Aletar in Okharpauwa Village Development Committee of Nuwakot district. There aren’t any comprehensive studies that have measured leachate and its impact into groundwater quality near landfilling activities in Nepal. Therefore, to fill this void, the proposed study anticipates to examine surface and groundwater quality in current used & closed landfill, and in two of the former dumps in river corridors in Kathmandu.

We are looking for a dedicated master’s level student in environmental science or related subjects.

Supervisors:

Dr. Basant Giri, Scientist, Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Mohan B. Dangi, Professor, California State University, Fresno, USA

Interested?

Send your CV and a 500-word essay on why you are the best candidate for this support program to Dr. Basant Giri at bgiri<at>kias.org.np.

Please write #CAS1702 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Research internship with KIAS #CAS1701

Center for Analytical Sciences (CAS) at Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is looking for a research intern in following research project.

Project: Salt iodine content estimation in Nepal: A cross-sectional, nation-wide, citizen science project

Iodine is an essential micronutrient for thyroid hormone synthesis. Excess or deficiency of iodine can lead to thyroid disorder. Deficiency of iodine, known as iodine deficiency disorders, has multiple adverse effects on the growth and mental development, intellectual capacity. These are the most preventable cause of brain damage.

Salt iodization is a highly cost-effective and common approach to provide supplementary iodine globally. Universal salt iodization programs in many countries including Nepal have been used to provide iodized table salt. According to WHO, the salt iodine content at the packaging level must be 50-60 ppm and 20-30 ppm at the retail shops, to achieve at least 15 ppm in the household dietary consumption. 

This project aims to estimate the amount of iodine in salt samples collected directly from kitchen. The samples are collected by high school students and are being tested for iodine in eight different labs across Nepal using standard conventional method and a paper-device method.

Job description

  1. Coordination with other researchers across Nepal
  2. Sample collection and laboratory analysis
  3. Data management and analysis
  4. Report/paper writing

Minimum qualification

  • A bachelors degree in science, preferably in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology
  • Should have deep interest in research, self motivation, independent problem solving ability, and determination.
  • Commitment for at least six month full-time.

Benefits

  1. You will contribute to obtain information important to our health. This research may help government and other related agencies to have better policies.
  2. You will gain research experience and make network with other researchers.
  3. You may present your data to seminars/conferences.
  4. Based on your contribution, you can be co-author of a high quality peer-review paper from nation-wide data of this project.

Application deadline: These positions are open until filled. Applications are reviewed on rolling basis. Only selected applicants will be further contacted.

If you are interested, send an email to Dr. Basant Giri at – bgiri<at>kias.org.np – with a recent CV with subject line -Vacancy #CAS1701

About KIAS: KIAS is a science based multidisciplinary research institution in Nepal founded by a group of Nepali scientists with proven excellence in scientific researches that range from biodiversity and climate change to development of new technologies for chemical and biological analyses. KIAS prioritizes multidisciplinary research—both fundamental and applied sciences— through its constituting research centers. At the same time, KIAS aims at creating enabling environment to link scientific knowledge with decision making process.

KIAS is a equal opportunity employer.

KIAS organizing a workshop on chemical lab safety

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is organizing a workshop on chemistry laboratory safety issues in September this year.

A recently published research from KIAS and Tribhuvan University has shown that the safety in teaching labs in Nepal is generally neglected. Many chemistry teachers who participated in the research had said that they would benefit from regular safety trainings and workshops. This workshop aims to offer a forum for researchers, faculty, lab in charges, administrators, and policy makers for a common goal of improving the safety in chemistry teaching labs in Nepal. 

Speakers and panelists will provide their perspective on topics including standard protocols to ensure safety in teaching labs, status of safety issues in Nepali teaching labs, efforts & approaches of our teaching institutions and government agencies to creating a safe lab environment. In addition, participants will be divided into small work groups to develop action items aimed at improving specific areas of lab safety.

Participants will receive certificate after completion of the day-long workshop.

Target participants: High school and college/university chemistry teachers/faculty and PhD students

Date & time: 2 September 2017; 10:30 to 16:00
Location: Uniglobe SS/College, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal

Registration fee: NRs. 200
Registration deadline: 25 August 2017  

Organizing Committee:

  1. Dr. Basant Giri (Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Kathmandu)
  2. Dr. Bhanu Bhakta Neupane (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu)
  3. Dr. Mahendra Thapa (Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences & Uniglobe HSS/College, Kathmandu)
  4. Mr. Jaya Ram Ghimire (Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu)
  5. Mr. Jaya Prakash Paudel (Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu)
  6. Mr. Shiba Kumar Oli (Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu)

For registration complete online form below – Only selected registrants will be invited for the workshop due to limited space. 

CLICK HERE for REGISTRATION

KIAS Summer School 2017

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is organizing Summer School 2017 “Frontiers in Scientific Research”. It aims to providing specialized training on various thematic areas from well trained and experienced scientists. Participants will get certificate after completing the course.

KIAS successfully organized three such schools before: Summer School 2015, Winter School 2016, Summer School 2016, and Winter School 2017.

Target participants: Undergraduate and graduate (both MS and PhD) students and independent researchers.

Dates: 8-15 August, 2017 (total 15 hours/module; can be 3 hrs x 5 days)

Registration fee: NRs. 4000/module

Summer School 2017 includes following modules:

Module 1: Smartphone for chemical and biological analyses

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Bhanu Neupane

Smartphone is not just used for WhatsApp, Facebook or Angry Birds. It can also be used to understand multitude of scientific phenomena and in research. Recent years have seen the increasing use of smartphones in scientific research and education. For example: in measuring air pollution parameters, as a spectrophotometer, for testing cholesterol, breathe analysis for disease diagnosis, chemical analysis of amino acids and other chemicals etc.

In this short course, you will be briefed with important smartphone “apps” used in classroom and research. More importantly, you will get hands on experience on quantitative chemical analysis involving image analysis and making smartphone microscope for some applications.

Topics covered: Smartphones

  • “apps” in classroom and research
  • as scientific instrument-some examples
  • for quantitative chemical analysis as a spectrophotometer
  • as microscopy for some applications

Module 2: A short course on “R” for scientific data analysis

Instructors: Dr. Susma Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Why “R”?

  • An advanced programming language for statistical computing and graphing
  • Infinitely expandable
  • Most popular language for analytics
  • Its free to download and use

Topics covered:

  • Import & check data in R
  • Organize data and folders
  • Make effective graphs
  • Basic statistical analysis such as: linear regression, logistic regression, multiple regression, t-tests, ANOVA, Tukey’s post hoc tests etc.

Module 3: The nuts & bolts of publishing your research findings

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Publishing a research paper is one of the necessary steps in the scientific research process. Unpublished research is considered as non-existent. Apart from the dissemination of knowledge, publication of research findings in reputed journals greatly helps in graduation, promotion, grant applications and recognition among peers. Even if you generate a valuable data from your research, writing the findings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a daunting task. In today’s “publish or perish” culture of science, strong writing skills are essential for progress.

This short course will guide you on how to initiate and write each section of a research manuscript efficiently starting from selecting relevant topic to submission to an appropriate journal. We will also talk on minimizing major mistakes in English writing. Second half of the course focuses on paper submission and editorial procedure, and responding to reviewer’s comments. Participants will have a number of on- and off-class exercises during the course.

Topics covered:

  • Which journal is the best?
  • Structure of paper
  • Why language is important?
  • Review and editorial process

Module 4: Disaster Risk Management for sustainable reconstruction and recovery

Instructor: Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari

The concept of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and skills are very important in the context of Build Back Better in Nepal after Gorkha Earthquake. Knowledge on DRM and DRR are fundamental process of increasing awareness on natural disaster to empower the actors to support their organizations in developing disaster resilient programs and projects. The trainings will focused on application of DRR for early warning systems and people-centered system.

Target Audience:

This course is intended for audiences from large area including government, research organizations, donor agencies, academia, I/NGOs working in the field of emergency response and rescue.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Understanding disaster risk reduction and management
  2. Post disaster reconstruction and recovery
  3. Disaster risk management at national and international level
  4. Disaster preparedness, early warning and mitigation
  5. Disaster response systems and practices

Module 5: Radio Telemetry and Research Application in Wildlife Ecology

Instructor: Dr. Pushpa Raj Acharya

Concept: Radio telemetry is a powerful research technique to the process of obtaining information from a distant animal by using radio signals. In this technique, a transmitter is attached with live animal’s body and released into In Situ. The signal transmitted from the transmitter is detected using radio receiver by researchers. Antenna is used to enhance signal intensity and to promote accuracy. The data achieved through radio-telemetry is useful to understand ranging behavior of wild animal. Home range, foraging range, habitat use and activity pattern of the target animal. Radio-telemetry is a relevant non-invasive technique for wildlife ecology.

This course will deliver fundamental knowledge on radio telemetry technique with field demonstration. Students in Zoology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Wildlife researchers, rangers and forest officers are targeted as beneficiaries of this course.

Topic Covered

  • Introduction of Radio-telemetry
  • Field Technique and Data Collection
  • Data analysis
  • Result interpretation and Application

How to register?

If you are interested to participate, please submit your online application below.

https://goo.gl/forms/dtzCfIdl4A8eTuvE3

About instructors

Dr. Basant Giri obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from University of Wyoming. His research interests include developing low-cost analytical methods involving the use of smartphones for various applications. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published several research articles to his repute with ~130 citations & H-index 4. He is a reviewer in several international journals. He has been working with LabEdit, SciEdit, and Yelei, which provide manuscript-editing services to academic researchers.

Dr. Bhanu Neupane obtained his PhD in Physical chemistry from Kansas State University. His research interests include developing low-cost optical tools for applications in teaching and research. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published nearly two dozen high impact research articles. His publications have received ~250 citations with H-index of 8. He is recipient of several scientific awards and the “under-represented Chemist award” from IUPAC in 2015 is the most recent one.

Dr. Prakash K Paudel is the author of several research articles and a book. He is the founder executive editor of the international journal “conservation science”.

Dr. Susma Giri is an ecologist who has been extensively using R programming for past five years. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming and received training on using R from one of the earliest users and experts of the program. She has published two peer-reviewed research articles in international journals.

Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari completed his PhD in Earth Science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Currently, he is working as a deputy-director in the Centre for Disaster Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University where he is leading many research projects about physical disaster including flood, earthquake and landslide. His research interests are climate change, hill-slope movement and human interaction, Himalayan sediment flux generation, community based disaster risk reduction and co-seismic phenomena. He has published more than dozen research papers in both national and international journals. He is leading scientist in the field of Earth Science and disaster risk reduction. He can be reached in his web-page: http://bradhikari.com.np/

Dr. Pushpa Raj Acharya completed his PhD from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2014. His specialization is on “Bat Ecology and Ecosystem Services”. He used radio-telemetry technique on bats during his PhD and also has continued the use of same technique in Nepalese fruit bats foraging at flowering patches of Chiuri (Dipklonema butyraceae) patches to identify pollination ecosystem services. Currently, he is working as a senior scientist at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Lalitpur, Nepal.

KIAS organizing workshop on paper microfluidics

Center for Analytical Sciences, one of the research centers at Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS), is going to host and organize a workshop on “paper microfluidics for chemical and microbial analysis”. The workshop will be held at KIAS office, Kalanki, Kathmandu, Nepal on 2 June 2017.

Paper-based analytical systems are low-cost and portable techniques that has gained popularity in recent years. Dr. Basant Giri’s research group at KIAS is the first and only one research group in Nepal working on microfluidics research.

In this workshop, participants will get hands on training on fabricating paper-analytical devices and using the devices in various applications such as screening low-quality drugs and water quality. Resource persons for this workshop will be Dr. Basant Giri from KIAS, Kathmandu, Nepal and Dr. Toni Barstis and Dr. Reena Khadka from Saint Mary’s College, IN, USA.

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Project: Salt iodine content estimation in Nepal
A cross-sectional, nation-wide, citizen science project

Iodine is an essential micronutrient for thyroid hormone synthesis. Excess or deficiency of iodine can lead to thyroid disorder. Deficiency of iodine, known as iodine deficiency disorders, has multiple adverse effects on the growth and mental development, intellectual capacity. These are the most preventable cause of brain damage.

In case the food/water we take daily is not providing necessary iodine, the iodine has to be supplied. Salt iodization is a highly cost-effective and common approach to provide necessary iodine. Universal salt iodization programs in many countries including Nepal have been used to provide iodized table salt. According to WHO, the salt iodine content at the packaging level must be 50-60 ppm and 20-30 ppm at the retail shops, to achieve at least 15 ppm in the household dietary consumption.

Because the excessive iodine causes hyperthyroidism and thyrotoxicosis, it is important to keep a fine balance when iodizing salt.

Therefore, it is important to estimate the amount of iodine in the salt we consume.

What?

This study aims to estimate the amount of iodine in salt samples collected across Nepal.

We want to answer following questions:

1. How much iodine is present in salt samples at household and market level?

This will tell us if the salt is iodized with appropriate amount of iodine and salt we are in-taking the required amount.

2. Does the temperature (season/location-mountains and low land), storage conditions, and humidity contribute to the loss of iodine?

This will tell us whether the consumers (depending on their education and economic condition) are aware of proper storage condition even if correct amount of iodine is supplied in salt.

How?

The salt iodine content is estimated by iodometric titration. This titration is a simple procedure and does not require any instruments except some glassware and a weighing balance.

Rather than involving a single lab and few people, we want to take a different approach. We want to involve as many labs and people across the country as possible. We will also involve school students for salt sample collection. Therefore, you can play a part in it.

Do you want to participate?

Answer following questions:

  1. Are you interested and want to be a part of a nationwide research and have at least a bachelor’s degree in science?
  2. Do you have access to lab space/facility to carry out iodometric titration? For example: at least a higher secondary school (+2) chemistry lab.
  3. Can you volunteer at least three days per month for one year of equivalent time?
  4. Can you afford to buy chemicals, salt, and salt sampling containers by yourself?

If you answer positive to questions 1-3, you eligible for this project.

We will provide necessary training and guidance so that you are on the same boat with many other researchers in the project and maintain quality of our work. More information will be provided once you join us.

Benefits for you

  1. You will contribute to obtain information very important to our health. This research may help government and other related agencies to have better policies.
  2. You will gain research experience and make network with other researchers.
  3. You may present your data to seminars/conferences.
  4. Based on your contribution, you can be co-author of a high quality peer-review paper from nation-wide data of this project.

If interested contact us by April 20 with your one-page resume. Only selected individuals will be contacted for details.

Contact:

Dr. Basant Giri (Principal Investigator, bgiri@kias.org.np)
Dr. Bhanu Bhakta neupane (Co-principal Investigator, bneupane@kias.org.np)

Center for analytical sciences
Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Digital media volunteer needed

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is a non-profit research organization. We are looking for a digital media volunteer. If you are interested, please submit your application.

Name:*
E-mail:
Describe your skills related to digital media and social networking. Also write your expectations from KIAS.*
How many hours per week can you volunteer?
Your education level & college
Your experience

KIAS Winter School 2017

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is organizing Winter School 2017 “Frontiers in Scientific Research”. It aims to providing specialized training on various thematic areas from well trained and experienced scientists.

KIAS successfully organized three such schools before: Summer School 2015, Winter School 2016, and Summer School 2016.

Target participants: Undergraduate and graduate (both MS and PhD) students and independent researchers.

Dates: 7-14 January, 2017 (total 15 hours/module; can be 3 hrs x 5 days)

Registration fee: NRs. 4000/module

Winter School 2017 includes following modules:

Module 1: Smartphone for chemical and biological analyses

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Bhanu Neupane

Smartphone is not just used for WhatsApp, Facebook or Angry Birds. It can also be used to understand multitude of scientific phenomena and in research. Recent years have seen the increasing use of smartphones in scientific research and education. For example: in measuring air pollution parameters, as a spectrophotometer, for testing cholesterol, breathe analysis for disease diagnosis, chemical analysis of amino acids and other chemicals etc.

In this short course, you will be briefed with important smartphone “apps” used in classroom and research. More importantly, you will get hands on experience on quantitative chemical analysis involving image analysis and making smartphone microscope for some applications.

Topics covered: Smartphones

  • “apps” in classroom and research
  • as scientific instrument-some examples
  • for quantitative chemical analysis as a spectrophotometer
  • as microscopy for some applications

Module 2: A short course on “R” for scientific data analysis

Instructors: Dr. Susma Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Why “R”?

  • An advanced programming language for statistical computing and graphing
  • Infinitely expandable
  • Most popular language for analytics
  • Its free to download and use

Topics covered:

  • Import & check data in R
  • Organize data and folders
  • Make effective graphs
  • Basic statistical analysis such as: linear regression, logistic regression, multiple regression, t-tests, ANOVA, Tukey’s post hoc tests etc.

Module 3: The nuts & bolts of publishing your research findings

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Publishing a research paper is one of the necessary steps in the scientific research process. Unpublished research is considered as non-existent. Apart from the dissemination of knowledge, publication of research findings in reputed journals greatly helps in graduation, promotion, grant applications and recognition among peers. Even if you generate a valuable data from your research, writing the findings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a daunting task. In today’s “publish or perish” culture of science, strong writing skills are essential for progress.

This short course will guide you on how to initiate and write each section of a research manuscript efficiently starting from selecting relevant topic to submission to an appropriate journal. We will also talk on minimizing major mistakes in English writing. Second half of the course focuses on paper submission and editorial procedure, and responding to reviewer’s comments. Participants will have a number of on- and off-class exercises during the course.

Topics covered:

  • Which journal is the best?
  • Structure of paper
  • Why language is important?
  • Review and editorial process

Module 4: Introduction to applied remote sensing

Instructors: Dr. Hemu Kafle

Researchers in various disciplines would benefit greatly from the addition of a satellite remote sensing perspective but are prevented from using satellite data because of lack of training needed to make easy and effective use of freely available data sets. Even people who intend to begin research careers that are specifically devoted to satellite remote sensing can be slowed down initially because of lack of basic but critical skills.

This module is highly method oriented. The goal of this module is to teach participants the basic skills needed to work independently to acquire, analyze and visualize data sets derived from a variety of satellite sensors (e.g., MODIS). Great effort has been made to make the course fun and low-stress while at the same time challenging the participants to learn a very large amount of materials in a short amount of time.

This module will cover following topics:

  • Fundamentals of remote sensing
  • Satellite and sensors: types and resolution
  • Advantages and disadvantages of remote sensing
  • Satellite data processing
  • Observations to applications
  • Satellite image interpretation techniques

About instructors

Dr. Basant Giri obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from University of Wyoming. His research interests include developing low-cost analytical methods involving the use of smartphones for various applications. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published several research articles to his repute with ~130 citations & H-index 4. He is a reviewer in several international journals. He has been working with LabEdit, SciEdit, and Yelei, which provide manuscript-editing services to academic researchers.

Dr. Bhanu Neupane obtained his PhD in Physical chemistry from Kansas State University. His research interests include developing low-cost optical tools for applications in teaching and research. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published nearly two dozen high impact research articles. His publications have received ~250 citations with H-index of 8. He is recipient of several scientific awards and the “under-represented Chemist award” from IUPAC in 2015 is the most recent one.

Dr. Prakash K Paudel is the author of several research articles and a book. He is the founder executive editor of the international journal “conservation science”.

Dr. Susma Giri is an ecologist who has been extensively using R programming for past five years. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming and received training on using R from one of the earliest users and experts of the program. She has published two peer-reviewed research articles in international journals.

Dr. Hemu Kafle is obtained her Ph.D. in environmental science from Nagoya University, Japan. She has extensively used remote sensing technique for past ten years for her research works that resulted in several peer-reviewed journal articles and reports.

If you are interested to participate, please submit your online application below.

Contact for questions

email: info@kias.org.np
Phone: 01-6924204

Journal Intern Position Available #ConSci1601

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Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) invites applications for Journal Intern positions for its flagship journal Conservation Science. Conservation Science is a peer-reviewed open access journal devoted primarily to the dissemination of up-to-date knowledge about global, regional and national conservation issues and the ways to tackle them. 

Journal Intern will have to liaison with journal production and editorial team. The specific task includes, among others, communicate with universities and research institutions to identify opportunities for its expansion, handle new submissions and ensure that they comply with the submission guidelines.

The ideal candidates are those who are ambitious junior researchers (e.g., final year graduate students) with a strong interest in promoting research and academic work. The right candidate will have excellent communication and organization skills with ability to take initiatives and work effectively.

Application Deadline: July 29, 2016
Number of Positions: 2

Minimum Qualification: B. Sc. (completed), M. Sc (ongoing)

Interested candidates are requested to send application (current CV and a personal statement) to info@kias.org.np with ConSci1601 in subject line.

About KIAS: KIAS is a science based multidisciplinary research institution in Nepal founded by a group of Nepali scientists with proven excellence in scientific researches that range from biodiversity and climate change to development of new technologies for chemical and biological analyses. KIAS prioritizes multidisciplinary research—both fundamental and applied sciences— through its constituting research centers. At the same time, KIAS aims at creating enabling environment to link scientific knowledge with decision making process.

KIAS is committed to gender equality and diversity. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.