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Management science researcher specialised in digital agriculture for the support of the agroecological transition

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The rise of digital technology (ICT, big data, IA, etc.) is transforming construction, mediation and knowledge-sharing processes between stakeholders for the co-design of innovation in agriculture and is also modifying the organisation of advisory and support services. The situation of southern countries reveals specificities related to the types of innovation, particularly with frugal innovations. However, at both the production level and value chain level, digital agriculture is not free of tensions.

The position involves understanding how digital technology can contribute to the agroecological transition through the construction of new knowledge and the facilitation of learning.

Deadline: 31 May 2018 | More info and application via Cirad web site.

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships – Standard European Fellowships at CMCC

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Are you an experienced researcher in possession of a doctoral degree or do you have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience?

Discover the opportunities of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships for researchers at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation.

CMCC Foundation is the non-profit Italian research centre on climate science and policy. Its activities focus on the development and applications of models of climate dynamics, impacts of climate change and adaptation and mitigation policies.

Under the framework of Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, CMCC is taking into consideration to support individual experienced researchers in order to develop research proposals with reference to the 2018 Call Marie Sklodowska-Curie – Individual Fellowships – Standard European Fellowships (MSCA-IF-EF-ST).

More info via CMCC Foundation

Call for candidates for the position of Energy Expert at the League of Arab States

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The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is facilitating and managing the appointment of an expert in the Energy Department of the League of Arab States (LAS).
The work of the expert will be done under the supervision of the Director of Energy Department. The expert will join energy department (LAS) to contribute to the on-going scope of work by attending and participating in workshops and conferences geared towards the fostering, boosting and development of the region’s energy sector. The position requires the candidate to possess very good analytical skills and knowledge of the energy sector and the different key players regionally and internationally.
The expert will be able to work in an official environment and work closely with decision makers and various organizations and institutions.

Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Info and applications.


eam Leader/Senior Researcher Sustainable Development

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The WANA Institute seeks a qualified, motivated and dynamic expert in sustainable development to fill the position of Team Leader and Senior Researcher. This position will be based in Amman, Jordan.

Role and Responsibilities

The Team Leader/Senior Researcher will report to the Director of Programme. He/she will lead a team of researchers (consultants or full-time staff) and implement projects in the fields of green growth, climate change, energy, water management and agriculture. He/she is also expected to develop research methodologies that fit the projects’ needs and outputs.

More info and applications.

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Post-doctoral positions in Agricultural and Food Economics

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The Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for two-year Post-Doctoral positions to join its research group “Agricultural and Food Economics”. There are two open positions. One is related to a research focus on efficiency and productivity in agriculture, and especially the possible existence of rational inefficiency. The other position is related to a research focus on animal health economics.

Successful applicants are expected to (1) actively contribute to the group’s research in this field; (2) develop independent research leading to high quality scientific journals’ publications, and (3) eventually apply for external research funding. You may also be expected to supervise students’ theses at all levels, within the research area of the group.

Evaluations will start in April. Interviews will likely be conducted in May.

More info ad contacts via Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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Advanced course on degraded drylands restoration and on desertification processes monitoring

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The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) of Zaragoza, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature - Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and the European Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER Europe), is offering an advanced course on degraded drylands restoration and on desertification processes monitoring in Zaragoza (Spain) from 5-10 February 2018.

The course will address the new and latest scientific and technical advances in land restoration with the purpose of combating desertification. It will also pay close attention on how to effectively restore degraded drylands, from project planning to the implementation and monitoring phases. Finally, the course will also introduce available tools to monitor desertification processes in the Mediterranean. Although many of the contents are of worldwide interest, the course will focus on the conditions in the Mediterranean region and will introduce participants to relevant high profile international initiatives and give them some practical work to get familiar with state-of-the-art tools.

Candidates from Mediterranean countries and from ICARDA MENA partners may apply for scholarships covering registration fees, and for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation in the Hall of Residence on the Aula Dei Campus.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 24 November 2017.

More info and application via International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Fully funded 5 PhD studentships in Precision Agriculture

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Addressing food security issues in the light of the rapid population growth is an increasingly important global challenge. More food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than has been over the past 10,000 years (2008 UN sustainable development forum). One way to achieve this is by managing farm resources site specifically using advanced technologies in precision agriculture. Precision agriculture technologies play an important role in addressing the conflict between producing more whilst operating within a sustainable framework.

The aim of the project is to establish a research platform combining cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modelling and system control technology for managing farm resources (seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture centre in Flanders.

Application deadline: September 2017.

More info via Ghent University.

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Recruiting: Funded PhD in Agricultural Ecology

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Can increased plant diversity in agricultural grasslands improve adaptation to drought?

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research position funded by Teagasc, and in collaboration with Maynooth University.

This PhD project will help resolve global food security problems in the fight against climate change. As well as being of applied importance, this project will also have strong relevance to testing ecological theories about diversity and stability. Main activities of this PhD research will include design and maintenance of field experiments; data collection, analysis and interpretation, and; publication of results in international journals. There will also be opportunities for travel to visit other laboratories abroad and/or attend international conferences.

Applications should be sent to (Dr John Finn) by 31st May 2017 and should include a covering letter and CV, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. The start date of the position will be in October 2017.

Further information via Farmland ecology blog.

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MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study. Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks.

For whom?
The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Syria*
  • Tunisia

More info and how to apply via Study in Holland web site.


LEAP-Agri call for proposals is open

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LEAP-Agri ERA-NET cofund call for research proposals on “Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Nutrition and Food Security in Africa” is open. Deadline for pre-proposals is in June 2017 (exact date tbc).

LEAP-Agri (A Long term EU- Africa research and innovation Partnership) on food and nutrition security and sustainable Agriculture is a partnership between 24 funding organisations from nine African countries (i.e. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda), nine European countries (i.e. Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Nederland, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) and an international organization.

For further information on this call please see the Call Announcement, including guidelines for submission.

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