Specifications - (explanation)
|Function types||PhD positions|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|Job number||ESG CL-0180|
|About employer||Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)|
The Soil Geography and Landscape (SGL) Group at Wageningen University is looking for a PhD student to investigate the role of soil information in regional agricultural systems modeling studies in Africa. It involves a jointly funded project with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
There is an increasing demand for regional modeling of agricultural systems (for policy analysis, targeting interventions, climate change impacts etc.). Soil variability is an important driving factor of the agricultural systems, but insight in soil variability is often lacking for tropical conditions. Traditional soil surveys describing the soil variability through representative profiles or through general soil classification systems are often not appropriate; new developments in soil survey focus on digital soil mapping that aim for continuous maps of single soil properties. The research will look into which soil information (type, scale, extent, resolution, support) is required for various agricultural modeling exercises and how this soil information and especially its spatial variability can be most efficiently collected, processed and represented in the analyses.
Given the institutional context of the PhD position, research will be conducted within the context of a number of ongoing research projects linked to climate change impacts and adaptation, food security and carbon sequestration (www.ccafs.cgiar.org, www.agmip.org, www.yieldgap.org, www.africasoils.net ).
a candidate with:
• MSc degree in soil science, physical geography or related discipline.
• A talented, enthusiastic researcher with a pro-active attitude and broad interests covering fieldwork in Africa combined with data analysis and modeling in Wageningen.
• Knowledge of and experience with simulation modeling, geostatistics and GIS.
• Ability to work independently and to take initiatives.
• As he or she will be working in a collaborative setting the person needs to be a team player and have excellent communication and writing skills in English.
Conditions of employment
We offer a fulltime employment (38 hours a week) as PhD researcher within the Soil Geography and Landscape Group for 18 months with a possible extension of 30 months after a positive evaluation. The gross salary will increase from € 2042 in the first year up to € 2612 per month in the fourth year (based on fulltime employment). In addition, we offer a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.
Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Dr.ir. Jetse J. Stoorvogel, email@example.com telephone: +31 (0) 317-484043.
The interviews will be planned at February 22nd 2013.
The Soil Geography and Landscape Group (SGL) of Wageningen University aims to contribute to the sustainable soil management in a landscape context. Our approach is characterized by a system approach to landscapes, acknowledging the large variety of landscape functions and corresponding ecosystem services, and by our focus on spatial processes that govern most interactions among land use functions and thereby shape landscape structure in fundamental ways.
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture. ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, with two regional hubs and four country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.
Wageningen University and Research Centre
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