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Vacature Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) - Three PhD positions: System trajectories, diversity and cross-scale trade-offs: targeting innovations for the sustainable intensification of cereal-based agro-ecosystems HRS4R

Specificaties - (uitleg)

FunctietypesPhD positions
Wetenschappelijke disciplineAgriculture
Uren 38,0 uren per week
Werk-/denkniveauUniversity Graduate
Vacaturenummer PSG-BFS-0004
Vertalingen
About employer Wageningen University & Research
Short link www.academictransfer.com/15800

Functiebeschrijving

We are looking for three highly motivated and inquisitive PhD candidates to investigate the development trajectories of cereal-based systems in Mexico, South Asia and Ethiopia, major drivers of change, and impacts on agroecosystem processes across spatial and temporal scales. This knowledge will be used to analyse and explore how promising technological and institutional innovations targeting sustainable intensification can more effectively improve rural livelihoods and environmental quality in these agro-ecosystems to better inform development actions and policy.

The three PhD projects will contribute to an over-arching research project co-implemented and funded by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). Generic research questions which are common to all the three PhD projects are:
1. Ecological intensification: what kinds of innovations are needed to support the sustainable intensification of cereal-based agro-ecosystems through efficient use of natural (e.g., water, nutrient, genes) and socio-economic (e.g., labour, capital, knowledge) resources?
2. Socio-ecological niches: how can (new) technologies/resources be best targeted to achieve these goals across diverse landscapes, farms and livelihood strategies?
3. Multi-functional agro-ecosystems: what are the trade-offs and cross-scale consequences and impacts on production, environmental and socio-economic services associated with the implementation of new technologies or new ways of using existing resources?
4. Co-innovation: how can local knowledge, innovation and cooperation between farmers and researchers be favoured to ensure local adaptation and adoption of technologies and consequently broader adoptability?

Functie-eisen

We ask: PhD candidates with a university degree with a focus on one or more of the following fields:

Agricultural sciences
Landscape ecology
Agro-ecology/soil quality
Social sciences (including economics)
Geography (including remote sensing)

We encourage applications from highly motivated candidates with keen interest in combining empirical data collection with spatially explicit modelling of biophysical processes and socio-institutional dynamics. Proven experience in the field and/or in the use of spatial analytical tools (GIS, modelling, etc.) is required. The candidate should demonstrate strong capabilities to conceptualize complex systems and to function as a linkage point within interdisciplinary project. Good communication and collaborative skills are required, including command of the English language. Fluency in Spanish, Amharic/Oromo or Hindi/Bengali/Nepali is desirable.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

We offer:
A four year PhD position at the Farming Systems Ecology Group of Wageningen University, with frequent visits to the field and the possibility to be based in one of the project sites to conduct fieldwork, hosted by one of the regional CIMMYT offices. You will be part of a team, and your PhD research will be supervised jointly by Wageningen University and CIMMYT scientists.

Additional information:
Dr. Diego Valbuena
(+31 317 481197; e-mail diego.valbuena@wur.nl
Dr. Jeroen Groot
(+31 317 485924; e-mail jeroen.groot@wur.nl
Prof. Dr. Pablo Tittonell
(+31 317 481413; e-mail: pablo.tittonell@wur.nl  

Dienstverband: Temporary, Tijdelijk dienstverband

Werkgever

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

Chair Farming Systems Ecology
The chair Farming Systems Ecology is one of the 17 chairs in the Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University and Research Centre and member of the Graduate School 'Production Ecology and Resource Conservation' (PE&RC). This chair is responsible for academic education and research on farming systems design, natural resource management, and landscape ecology. Our principal scientific goal is the integration of knowledge to allow analysis and design of ecologically inntensive and multi-functional farming systems. We contribute to co-innovation in farming practices that rely on the natural functionalities that ecosystems offer. We develop tools and methodologies that allow analysis and design of alternative farming systems at field, farm and landscape scales. A special emphasis is on the use of on-farm systems analysis and modelling tools, although experimental work at component level is also performed as an essential part of testing of our concepts. We are responsible for a wide range of courses that use a variety of teaching methods: lectures, practicals, computer-based tools, discussion groups, etc. For this position the systems analysis courses are particularly relevant. The group combines a strong international profile with a close link with National and European partners in the sustainable farming sector. Our website provides a good overview of our activities worldwide: www.bfs.wur.nl/UK. The Farming Systems Ecology group is part of the Wageningen Centre for Agro-ecology and Systems Analysis, together the groups Animal and Plant Production Systems (www.wacasa.wur.nl/).

Wageningen University and Research Centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij.htm.  


Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

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Specificaties - (uitleg)

FunctietypesPhD positions
Wetenschappelijke disciplineAgriculture
Uren 38,0 uren per week
Werk-/denkniveauUniversity Graduate
Vacaturenummer PSG-BFS-0004
Vertalingen
About employer Wageningen University & Research
Short link www.academictransfer.com/15800

Functiebeschrijving

We are looking for three highly motivated and inquisitive PhD candidates to investigate the development trajectories of cereal-based systems in Mexico, South Asia and Ethiopia, major drivers of change, and impacts on agroecosystem processes across spatial and temporal scales. This knowledge will be used to analyse and explore how promising technological and institutional innovations targeting sustainable intensification can more effectively improve rural livelihoods and environmental quality in these agro-ecosystems to better inform development actions and policy.

The three PhD projects will contribute to an over-arching research project co-implemented and funded by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). Generic research questions which are common to all the three PhD projects are:
1. Ecological intensification: what kinds of innovations are needed to support the sustainable intensification of cereal-based agro-ecosystems through efficient use of natural (e.g., water, nutrient, genes) and socio-economic (e.g., labour, capital, knowledge) resources?
2. Socio-ecological niches: how can (new) technologies/resources be best targeted to achieve these goals across diverse landscapes, farms and livelihood strategies?
3. Multi-functional agro-ecosystems: what are the trade-offs and cross-scale consequences and impacts on production, environmental and socio-economic services associated with the implementation of new technologies or new ways of using existing resources?
4. Co-innovation: how can local knowledge, innovation and cooperation between farmers and researchers be favoured to ensure local adaptation and adoption of technologies and consequently broader adoptability?

Functie-eisen

We ask: PhD candidates with a university degree with a focus on one or more of the following fields:

Agricultural sciences
Landscape ecology
Agro-ecology/soil quality
Social sciences (including economics)
Geography (including remote sensing)

We encourage applications from highly motivated candidates with keen interest in combining empirical data collection with spatially explicit modelling of biophysical processes and socio-institutional dynamics. Proven experience in the field and/or in the use of spatial analytical tools (GIS, modelling, etc.) is required. The candidate should demonstrate strong capabilities to conceptualize complex systems and to function as a linkage point within interdisciplinary project. Good communication and collaborative skills are required, including command of the English language. Fluency in Spanish, Amharic/Oromo or Hindi/Bengali/Nepali is desirable.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

We offer:
A four year PhD position at the Farming Systems Ecology Group of Wageningen University, with frequent visits to the field and the possibility to be based in one of the project sites to conduct fieldwork, hosted by one of the regional CIMMYT offices. You will be part of a team, and your PhD research will be supervised jointly by Wageningen University and CIMMYT scientists.

Additional information:
Dr. Diego Valbuena
(+31 317 481197; e-mail diego.valbuena@wur.nl
Dr. Jeroen Groot
(+31 317 485924; e-mail jeroen.groot@wur.nl
Prof. Dr. Pablo Tittonell
(+31 317 481413; e-mail: pablo.tittonell@wur.nl  

Dienstverband: Temporary, Tijdelijk dienstverband

Werkgever

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

Chair Farming Systems Ecology
The chair Farming Systems Ecology is one of the 17 chairs in the Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University and Research Centre and member of the Graduate School 'Production Ecology and Resource Conservation' (PE&RC). This chair is responsible for academic education and research on farming systems design, natural resource management, and landscape ecology. Our principal scientific goal is the integration of knowledge to allow analysis and design of ecologically inntensive and multi-functional farming systems. We contribute to co-innovation in farming practices that rely on the natural functionalities that ecosystems offer. We develop tools and methodologies that allow analysis and design of alternative farming systems at field, farm and landscape scales. A special emphasis is on the use of on-farm systems analysis and modelling tools, although experimental work at component level is also performed as an essential part of testing of our concepts. We are responsible for a wide range of courses that use a variety of teaching methods: lectures, practicals, computer-based tools, discussion groups, etc. For this position the systems analysis courses are particularly relevant. The group combines a strong international profile with a close link with National and European partners in the sustainable farming sector. Our website provides a good overview of our activities worldwide: www.bfs.wur.nl/UK. The Farming Systems Ecology group is part of the Wageningen Centre for Agro-ecology and Systems Analysis, together the groups Animal and Plant Production Systems (www.wacasa.wur.nl/).

Wageningen University and Research Centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij.htm.  


Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

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