This is an exciting opportunity for a 3 year academic appointment in Sustainable Livestock Production in Future Landscapes.
The successful candidate will work within the Nancy Roma Paech group in Sustainable Animal Production at the Camden Campus. They will contribute to the teaching and learning efforts within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences / Faculty of Science while working with the support and guidance of Professor Luciano A. González (Nancy Roma Paech Chair in Sustainable Animal Production), the School and the broader community at The University of Sydney. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their own research profile and career in tertiary education.
Where is it?
School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Camden Campus, Sydney, Australia
Are you eligible?
Candidates with a strong background in modelling of livestock production systems, precision livestock production, and training or work experience in the relevant disciplines are suitable for this position.
Applications close 11:30pm, Monday 27 January 2020 (Sydney time)
Thirty-six CLIFF-GRADS alumni from twenty different countries attended a workshop in Indonesia in October 2019 alongside the annual meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) Council.
The workshop was the first opportunity for the CLIFF-GRADS
alumni to meet one another, given that they all come from different countries
and study in host institutions around the world. It established a network of
young professionals, and provided networking opportunities with leading
scientists and country representatives in the students’ respective fields.
The primary goal of the workshop was to build on existing
emission quantification and estimation capabilities of CLIFF-GRADS alumni
through lessons presented by experts in their fields, and some hands-on
Topics that were covered in the workshop included:
The future of mitigation: new technologies and
Modelling greenhouse gas emissions for carbon
Developing greenhouse gas inventories and
emission Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV)
Connecting science to outcomes and impact
The workshop provided a platform for these early-career
CLIFF-GRADS scientists to present their research, and to discuss and refine
methodologies relating to their PhD theses and CLIFF-GRADS research stays.
Finally, the group also attended the 5th Global
Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, focused on ‘Transforming food systems under a changing
climate’. The CLIFF-GRADS alumni learnt about agriculture’s vital role in
both global food security and the emission reductions needed to meet
international obligations to limit warming under the Paris Agreement.
The CLIFF-GRADS alumni are each contributing to
international research in low emission agriculture. Their work is vital as
agricultural systems will need to change significantly over the next decade to
achieve global food security and to build the resilience of agricultural
systems to climate change.
We also wish to acknowledge the workshop facilitators: Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) flagship of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
Click hereto read more about CLIFF-GRADS, including when the next round of applications open in early 2020.
The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM ) have two advanced courses in Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Mitigation in Agriculture at the Instituto Agronómico Mediterráneo de Zaragoza (IAMZ) in Spain from 30 March – 3 April:
Thirty-one early-career scientists from 14 developing countries will each receive research scholarships to boost their scientific capability.
The scholarships are being provided by the Climate, Food and Farming Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Development Scholarships programme, or CLIFF-GRADS.
The successful scholarship recipients for 2020 are being announced to coincide with the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid. The full list of awardees and their topics of research can be found here.
CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative between the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
The CLIFF-GRADS programme forms part of New Zealand’s international contribution towards building scientific capability in developing countries. Other funders include the CGIAR Trust Fund donors and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Hayden Montgomery, the special representative of the GRA who is based at MPI, says CLIFF-GRADS enables early-career scientists to undertake research exchanges of up to 6 months at institutions and research centres run by GRA members and partners.
“Through CLIFF-GRADS, the successful students will be hosted by 20 research institutions in 15 countries,” says Mr Montgomery.
“CLIFF-GRADS is becoming more and more competitive, with applications from nearly 300 students from 42 countries.
“The diversity in both the applicants and host supervisors is also growing, which clearly shows the value people are seeing in the programme towards boosting research expertise internationally.”
CLIFF-GRADS gives scientists the opportunity to gain technical skills in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions management and opens the door to an international network of experts that are working toward reducing greenhouse gases from food production.
“Through CLIFF-GRADS, the scientists will research rumen microbiology, rice production, soil science, rangeland management, and other topics,” says Mr Montgomery.
“They’ll gain important hands-on experience with scientific equipment they would not normally have access to, and form global connections with valuable career-long mentors.
“We’d especially like to acknowledge the support of fellow GRA country members and international partners, particularly CCAFS, for supporting these technical training opportunities for students.
“CLIFF-GRADS is a valuable way of boosting scientific expertise around the world and helping in global efforts to drive action to address climate change.”