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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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Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste

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The main objective of this PhD programme is to provide graduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and tools to take an interdisciplinary and integrated approach towards the management of water, soil and waste.

The joint PhD programme aims at creating a new generation of environmental scientists, engineers and managers to conduct, promote and provide guidance on the sustainable management of water, soil and waste. These resources and their sustainable management are of concern to the United Nations and its member states, particularly to developing countries and emerging economies.

The programme has a strong focus on developing countries.

More info via United Nations University.

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WATER POrT: Capacity building on water resources management in a changing climate in Egypt

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The REC is inviting applications from experts to provide capacity-building activities to broaden the knowledge and skills of national water authorities concerning the application of the integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach as the basic methodological framework for improving water resources management and adaptation measures in a changing climate in Egypt.

This includes supporting improved understanding and knowledge about climate change and adaptation measures; assisting in incorporating climate change aspects into country-specific flood and drought risk management plans; and preparing technical reports and trainings according to a methodology to be agreed with the beneficiaries.

More info on REC web site | Deadline: March 27.

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Call for Proposals: Young Scientists and Entrepreneurs at the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE) Days 2017

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Are you a scientists or entrepreneur working with sustainable energy issues, not older than 35 years and based in Africa or Europe? If yes, the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) invite you young scientists and entrepreneurs to apply for your participation in a Science and Business Slam at the ANSOLE Days 2017. Your proposal should address at least one of the following areas:

  • Solar materials & applications
  • Energy storage & grid infrastructure 
  • The energy-water-food nexus

More details and application via RECP web site | Deadline: 20 March 2017.

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Vacancy announcement: recruitment of a Scientific Administrator (international competition)

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CIHEAM-IAMM announces a vacancy for the position of Scientific Administrator specialised in quantitative economics applied to territorial development in the context of climate change.

The profile of the candidate must focus on:

-Economic analysis and measurement of the impacts of climate change on rural / agricultural territories,

- Economic modeling, evaluation and forecasting applied to rural territories in a high uncertainty context,

- Economic studies of main sectors of rural territories - agricultural and environmental sectors (water, land, forests), energy and tourism sectors and the adaptation of these territories to climate change.

More info and how to apply via CIHEAM-IAMM web site. 

Sustainable improvement of Mechanization of Farming System in Minia and Fayoum Governorates

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT n. 1 Junior Administrative Expert.

CIHEAM Bari is the Italian branch of CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies), an intergovernmental organization based in Paris. CIHEAM Bari is publishing this vacancy concerning the selection of n.1 Junior Administrative Expert in the framework of the above-mentioned Programme.

The initiative has been conceived by the Egyptian Government in order to activate a soft loan scheme aiming at developing the modernization of the regional centres for machinery services, the agricultural Cooperatives and the ARC research station operating in the Governorates of Minia and Fayoum.

More info via IAMB web site.


INRA is recruiting 32 scientists until 3rd March 2017

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In 2017, INRA is recruiting 32 research scientists to reinforce its teams. Positions are open to all nationalities. Applications are open from 26 January to 1st March (for online applications) or 3 March 2017 (for paper applications).

Positions will be open in numerous fields of research: human nutrition, intestinal microbiota, plant genetics, animal genetics, quantitative genetics, population dynamics and genomics, neurobiology of behaviour, animal nutrition, plant ecophysiology, functional and behavioural ecology, modelling of plant cell walls, process engineering and biotechnology, systems biology and synthetic biology, animal health, life science and environmental mathematics and informatics, economics, sociology and organizational sciences.

More info and applications on INRA web site.