A number of opportunities are currently available for research and officer positions with the United Nations’ Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, in support of households, localities and small enterprises that are underserved, where development needs are greatest and where resources are scarcest.
A doctoral research assistant position is available at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA for a highly motivated student seeking PhD training in Dairy Science beginning in Fall 2017. The successful applicant will conduct research on dairy cow protein nutrition and the methods for improving and evaluating the efficiency of nitrogen utilisation.
Excess crude protein (CP) in the diets of dairy cows is excreted in the urine as urinary urea nitrogen (UUN). This source of N reduces the environmental sustainability of dairy farms because it can contribute to atmospheric ammonia and nitrous oxide emission and to nitrate contamination of waters. Avoiding excess CP in the ration of dairy cows may contribute to the economic and environmental sustainability of the dairy industry if milk production is maintained.
Applicants must have earned a MS degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and a record of peer- reviewed publications.
Applications by 1 March 2017. For more information and how to apply click here
A Research Associate position is being offered in the Agriculture, Food & Rural Development department at Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
This position will help enhance the sustainability of non-ruminant livestock systems by improving their efficiency whilst taking into account new development in breeding and feeding such livestock. Specific responsibilities will include:
- leading activities on environmental impact assessment and simulation modelling of nutrient flows in livestock systems
- using initiative and creativity to develop existing or new simulation agri-environmental models
- using models to answer specific research questions, eg ‘How do we feed new livestock genotypes to reduce environmental impact’?
The candidate will need to have an awarded PhD in a relevant area of science (biological or environmental impact modelling/assessment), clear understanding of simulation modelling of environmental input or biological processes, and experience of understanding agri-environmental research.
The post is available fixed term and full time for 30 months from 01.03.2017, with a salary of 29,943 pounds (progression to 38,183 pounds).
Click here for the position description and information.
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The Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA) has opened a call for scientists working on organic agriculture to take part in a short (10-5 days) study stage at one of its research centers/units (see the call at www.entecra.it, unfortunately in Italian only).
The aim of the call is to promote future collaborative projects between European and CREA scientists in organic production area.
The call requires that a joint project is done with a CREA scientist working on organic agriculture.
Candidates should prepare a joint project, proportional to the length of the stage, about organic milk production and can contact [email protected].
In this case, the stage will be held at the Fodder and Dairy Production Research Centre at Lodi (40 km from Milan), and the scientist will be involved in current research projects on organic milk production.
The call considers a reimbursement of € 2.100, all expenses included.
Project proposals must be submitted by 30 May 2016, hence proposals should be sent as soon as possible, in order to prepare the stage project.
A PhD student is required for a project on the nature of stabilized carbon in soil under grasslands management, using 13C labelling techniques and molecular analyses. The project comes under the research programme “Management Options for Increasing Soil Carbon under Grasslands”, funded through the Global Partnership for Livestock Emission Research (NZ’s international research fund for GHG mitigation from pastoral livestock). The position is based at the INRA Versailles-Grignon, France.
Project Title: Quality, quantity and vulnerability of soil carbon stocks of grasslands soils under different management practices
The proposed research will be carried out under the framework of an international project between the National Institute for Agricultural Research (France) and the Landcare Research Institute (New Zealand). The objective of this international project is to evaluate the impact of intensification of grassland management on the dynamics of soil organic matter (SOM) in different pedoclimatic contexts. The PhD work will contribute towards the understanding of management impacts through the assessment of their influence on molecular transformations occurring during soil organic matter degradation and stabilisation processes. The conceptual approach includes an evaluation of degradation and stabilisation processes at field scale. We will study long-term experimental sites situated in France and in New Zealand and also use 13C labelling techniques. The results obtained during the PhD will contribute to ameliorate process information to be used in a biogeochemical model (CenW), which will allow for evaluating the implications of management practices on soil C dynamics and composition in the long-term, as well as resilience of the system to global change. The PhD thesis will provide an answer to these questions by going beyond global C stocks assessment through molecular analyses providing information on the nature and origin of SOM pools, which constitutes a major advance in the research field.
- A cover letter including a brief summary of research interests and experience
- Your CV and transcripts
- Contact information for 3 referees
Send by 3 May to:
Dr Abad Chabbi, [email protected]
Dr. Cornelia Rumpel, [email protected]
The global initiative, ‘4 per mil, Soils for Food Security and Climate’ of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda was launched during the December 2015 COP21 in Paris. It includes both an action plan and a research program, and is supported to nearly 150 signatories (including countries, regions, international agencies, the private sector and NGOs).
A Scientific Officer is sought for a two-year tenure to assist in the development of the international research program focussing on soil organic carbon in relation to the challenges of food security and climate change. Development will be supported by CGIAR, the GRA, INRA, CIRAD, and IRD in France; and by other national, European, and international partnerships.
Candidates are required to be trained in soil, environmental, or agricultural science; and to excel both in communicating research results and in organising events. Professional experience (2-5 years) would be appreciated. Working languages are French and English. The position is based at INRA’s headquaters (downtown Paris), and will involve travelling.
Salary is 2480 Euro gross/month (2060 Euro net.month)
To apply, please send your CV and covering letter by March 31, 2016:
A position (up to 2.5 years) is available for a postdoctoral fellow who will be responsible for measuring nitrous oxide fluxes from grazed pastures systems based at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. The project will be purchasing equipment that allows eddy covariance measurements of nitrous oxide and the successful candidate will help install and maintain the equipment, collect data, interpret and write papers in this newly-developing field of research. The successful applicant will be part of a team measuring carbon dioxide and water fluxes from pastures and wetlands. The team’s goal is to find management practices that decrease the greenhouse gas burden on the atmosphere while maintaining production. Further details about the team and its research can be found on www.waiber.com. The full position description can be viewed at the University of Waikato, vacancy page: www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz, where applications should also be made. Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor Louis Schipper, email: [email protected].
The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is currently seeking an exceptional candidate with large experience on Climate Change research to undertake the position of Scientific Director.
The BC3 – Basque Centre for Climate Change is a Research Centre based in Bilbao which aims to contribute to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science. This center is part of the network of BERCs – Basque Excellence Research Centers supported by the Basque Government.
For more information on this job opportunity visit: http://www.bc3research.org/join_us/job_offers.html
CROP MODELLER – THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE, UK
£27,792 – £29,566 (Band D) or £35,282 – £37,534 (Band E)
We are seeking an experienced Crop Modeller to contribute to our global food security and environmental sustainability research agenda. Working with experimental scientists, you will focus on modelling interactions between crop genetics, physiology, phenotypic traits and the environment, and evaluate crop characteristics and management practices that enhance resource use efficiency and reduce risks associated with climate change.
You should have a PhD directly relevant to simulating biological systems and demonstrable experience in modelling agricultural systems at a range of spatial scales. Expertise in spatial analysis would be highly advantageous. You should also have experience in working and communicating with experimental scientists and others from various disciplines. For appointment at the higher salary grade, a track record of high quality scientific publications in this area, evidence of grant-winning ability, and demonstration of international collaboration is required.
This post can be based in either Aberdeen or Dundee; there may be a requirement to travel between sites.Further information is available from www.hutton.ac.uk/careers. To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer) by e-mail to [email protected] or by post to HR Office Dundee, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA by 3rd November 2013. Please quote reference number JHI-46-12 in all correspondence.
The James Hutton Institute
T: 0844 928 5428