Specifications - (explanation)
|Function types||Research, Development, Innovation|
|Scientific fields||Natural Sciences|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|About employer||Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)|
A Postdoc in modelling and validation of airflow patterns, ventilation rates and emissions in livestock houses. You will be responsible for the organisation, implementation and execution of current research activities in this field. In this position you will also motivate and supervise MSc students, and disseminate results through publication of scientific papers, conferences and project meetings. You will be working in the scientific disciplines of physics, modelling and statistics. You will apply this in systems of primary agricultural producton. Finally, you will be supportive in identifying new research lines and opportunities, and acquisition of new projects. You will start to contribute in the project on ventilation and ammonia emission from slurry pits in dairy cow houses. The research will be carried out in close cooperation with the Environment Group of Wageningen Livestock Research, and we expect you to build relationships with CFD experts in Wageningen and abroad.
As Post Doc, are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist, and a team player, devoted to research in Biosystems Engineering.
You also have:
A PhD in CFD (Computational Fluid Dyanmics) modelling, Finite Element modelling, Physics, or related;
Strong background in fluid dynamics and mass tranfer processes
Programming experience with at least one CFD language
Affiliation with control theory and/or practice, especially of indoor climate
Knowledge and experience in state-of-the art methods in experimental research, data analysis and interpretation;
Expertise and experience with highly complex problems in unstructured environments with high variability and unpredictability, typical for this work field
Demonstrable affiliation with livestock production and genuine interest in the specific circumstances in this domain and its challenges of sustainability
A solid theoretical base with a drive for practical application
Willingness and enthusiasm to supervise MSc students ;
Good communication skills and fluent in English (both oral and written).
Conditions of employment
The Farm Technology Group offers you an interesting and challenging research environment with interactions between researchers and students.
We offer you a full-time temporary positon for a period of 8 months with the possibility of extension after successful evaluation and available project funds.
Gross Monthly Salary starts from € 3.195,- (Scale 11), based on a full time employment (38 hours per week) and dependent on expertise and experience.
For more information about Wageningen UR look at www.wur.nl/UK/work.
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Contract type: Temporary, Onbekend
Wageningen University & Research centre aims to deliver 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.
The Farm Technology Group is part of Wageningen University and embedded in the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen UR. The Farm Technology Group aims at enhancing, exploiting and disseminating technology in primary agricultural production processes with the aim to fulfil the needs of mankind and nature in a sustainable way. This mission is achieved by combining knowledge, methodology and tools from technical sciences with biological, environmental, agricultural and social sciences in order to study, understand, manage and design biosystems. The group covers arable farming, (greenhouse) horticulture and livestock farming and variations and mixtures of these application domains as they emerge in response to challenges posed by moving towards a more bio-based economy. Typical research instruments and expertise in our field include sensor technology, data analysis, systems analysis, continuous time and discrete time modelling, systems engineering, integral systems design, systems optimization and management and control of production processes, robotics and precision agriculture techniques.
Wageningen Livestock Research is a contract research organisation within the Animal Science Group of Wageningen UR. The organisation covers animal breeding, innovation of livestock production systems, nutrition and environment. Its Environment Group, with 40 staff members, deals with finding solutions for all environmental issues in livestock production, i.e. in areas like gaseous emissions, bioaerosols, manure treatment and bioenergy production. Its approach is based on process understanding from which mitigation technology is developed and evaluated on farm. The group makes use of an extensively equipped air laboratory and other facilities that enables both experimental and farm research. Part of the research is dedicated to improvement of measurement methodology in its working areas.
The world is facing interesting challenges in the years to come: a growing population that needs to be fed, less people interested in working in agriculture, limited natural resources (e.g. fertilizers) and a growing concern about the environment. Especially eutrophication of natural areas and loss of biodiversity, both impacts of the emission of ammonia from livestock housing systems, requires further reduction of emissions from livestock houses. Wageningen UR Livestock Research and The Farm Technology Group have built up an extensive and unique portfolio in experimental research, monitoring in practice, understanding emission processes and developing reduction strategies. We wish to further develop this position with this post-doc position. You will be appointed at the Farm Technology Group, and will closely work together with Wageningen Livestock Research.
More information about the Farm Technology Group can be found on www.wageningenur.nl\fte, more information about Wageningen Livestock Research can be found at www.wageningenur.nl\livestockresearch