February 15, 2019   •   News

An opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant has arisen at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. The School of Agriculture Policy and Development (SAPD) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to contribute to on-going collaborative research and knowledge exchange activities of the Animal, Dairy and Food Chain Sciences Research Group and the Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR).

The successful applicant will contribute to the research and knowledge exchange activities of CEDAR. Abilities to contribute to ongoing research in the areas of reducing environmental impact of animal production are important, including current research on multi-species forage production and utilization and measurement of digestive efficiency and methane emission, as well as the ability to further develop international research collaborations.

For a job description and to apply, please click here or visit  https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BPR121/postdoctoral-research-assistant-animal-science

The application deadline is February 22 2019 (UK time) so if you’re interest be sure to apply soon.

December 10, 2018   •   News

A position in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation is available at the Department of Agroecology, Section of Soil Fertility in Denmark.

They are seeking an internationally competitive, innovative and successful research leader, who wants to work with highly engaged and motivated staff in a positive and dynamic international working environment.

Please note all applications must be made online and received no later than: 05.01.2019

For more information about the position and how to apply – click here. 

 

July 4, 2018   •   News

A Community Manager position has become available at the CIRCASA Open Collaborative Platform based at INRA in Paris, France. This is a 2-year renewable position.

Application deadline is 31 July 2018.

 

Context

The overarching goal of the CIRCASA Coordination and Support Action, which has 23 international partners, is to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge transfer on agricultural soil C sequestration at European Union (EU) and global levels. CIRCASA has 4 main objectives:

  • Strengthen the international research community on soil carbon sequestration in relation to climate change and food security;
  • Improve our understanding of agricultural soil carbon sequestration and its potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for increasing food production;
  • Co-design a strategic research agenda with stakeholders on soil carbon sequestration in agriculture;
  • Create an International Research Consortium in this area.

 

Mission

An Open Collaborative Platform (OCP) is developed in the frame of CIRCASA including tools for dissemination and outreach, knowledge system and crowdsourcing, matchmaking across research initiatives, alignment across research programs. The OCP manager will be in charge of the contents and operation of the OCP with support of IT experts and of project partners. The OCP is being developed through a subcontract with an ICT startup and with support of computer engineers at CIRAD (a partner of CIRCASA) and at INRA (CIRCASA coordination). The OCP manager will supervise the development of the OCP, oversee the tests of the first versions, interact – in relation with the CIRCASA Scientific Officer – with CIRCASA partners to provide contents and data and manage the international online community of researchers and stakeholders on soil organic carbon sequestration in agriculture.

She/he will also write project monitoring reports and training materials. She/he will be invited to provide training (with the support of the IT engineer) to the stakeholders.

 

Profile

We seek a strongly motivated candidate with initial training as an engineer or equivalent and some notions of information and communication technologies (ICT), strongly interested in digital platforms for communication and exchange. Excellent skills in communication in English and writing are required. A good level in French would be an advantage for working in Paris and at INRA.  A first experience in project management would be appreciated.

  • The position is based at INRA’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves travelling.
  • Remuneration: according to INRA grids for Engineers, according to degree and experience
  • Taking office: at the earliest
  • Contact on the post: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana ([email protected]) and Dr. Odile Vilotte ([email protected] ).

Send CV and cover letter to both these emails addresses before 31/07/2018.

May 28, 2018   •   News

NZAGRC Senior Scientist – AgResearch

An opportunity has opened for an experienced and passionate scientist to join the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).

The role requires monitoring New Zealand’s science input into the Global Research Alliance and providing underpinning advice on collaborative research between New Zealand and international scientists from a range of disciplines. This will include overseeing the administration of large integrated research programmes. You will provide the NZAGRC with advice and leadership in climate change research.

Job Description

  • Assess quality and delivery of science inputs against programme milestones
  • Assist in the development of a new, collaborative research programme
  • Provide underpinning knowledge on climate change and climate change policy
  • Compile written science recommendations suitable for policy audiences
  • Ensure research contracted by the NZAGRC is of the highest standards
  • Establish sound working relations and collaboration between key stakeholders

Ideal candidate background

  • PhD degree in a climate change related discipline with particular emphasis on agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Proven track record of research and development in agriculture
  • Experience in negotiation, administration and monitoring of research contracts and research outputs
  • Working knowledge of evidence informed policy establishment
  • Knowledge and interest in New Zealand pastoral agriculture industries

AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including flexible working options that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments.

Applications

For a confidential discussion contact Harry Clark, NZAGRC Director on 06 351 8334

See here for more information and to apply. Applications close 5pm, Thursday 14 June 2018

May 18, 2018   •   News

An opportunity for a Bio-economy Specialist has arisen in the Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (AGAL) of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. AGAL provides information services and carries out analysis in support of technical and policy interventions towards sustainable livestock sector, focussing on social, economic and environmental pillars.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise and support the implementation of FAO work on the sustainability of livestock production systems;
  • Develop a strong research base delivering fundamental knowledge on the reduction of waste streams and utilization of nutrients and biomass in the livestock systems;
  • Collect, research and analyses technical information for assessing the contribution of the livestock supply chains to the circular bio-economy;
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges to implement the circular bio-economy concept in livestock production systems, considering heterogeneity between supply chains and regions;
  • Evaluate the economic, social and environmental performance of livestock systems;
  • Understand the role of policy actions in promoting the bio-economy including the review of existing initiatives and policies that promote circular bio-economy for livestock sector and identify the role of different stakeholders;
  • Perform any other tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agricultural Economics or Agricultural Sciences with emphasis on animal science, agro-technology
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in research on circular economy, sustainable food systems, environmental and socioeconomic assessments of food systems
  • Working knowledge of English or French and limited knowledge of one of the other French or Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on 31 May 2018. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]

March 9, 2018   •   News

A position is currently open for a Principal Scientific Officer at the Agri-Food & Bio-Sciences Institute AFBI in Belfast, Ireland. The successful applicant will lead the ‘Sustainable Soil Management & Crop Nutrition’ research programme, which involves some focus on nutrient management and nutrient cycling within livestock-based production systems.

For a job description and to apply, please click here or visit www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk

The application deadline is Friday 23rd March 2018 (UK time).

 

January 23, 2018   •   News

An opportunity has arisen for a ‘Technical Expert on soil carbon stock changes’ to work with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy for 12 months. The new deadline is 6 February 2018.

The successful candidate will support the implementation of LEAP guidelines on soil carbon stock changes in the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) and its open version GLEAM-i. In particular the consultant will:

  • review the GLEAM modelling framework and database and identify data needs and gaps
  • identify most relevant data sources and revise existing datasets in view of LEAP guidelines and latest science for estimating soil organic carbon (SOC) stock changes in global grasslands and rangelands
  • work directly with the GIS modellers to improve the modelling framework to incorporate assessment of SOC stock change in global grasslands
  • lead the validation of model outputs, uncertainty analysis
  • translate the framework into the interactive and open version of the model GLEAM-i
  • oversee the proper documentation of the modelling approach
  • liaise with experts and other partners for the continuous improvement of potential additional information and parameters
  • provide feedback to LEAP TAG leaders
  • contribute to publications
  • any other duties as required

The key functions of the experts to support the road-testing and dissemination of LEAP products will be to:

  • provide technical support to organizations and stakeholders engaged in the road-testing of LEAP guidelines
  • prepare data collection sheets and preparatory technical material for road testing
  • conduct life cycle assessments and complementary environmental assessments according to LEAP guidelines
  • ensure that feedback from road-testers of LEAP guidelines is delivered in a structured manner
  • contribute to preparation of communication material on LEAP activities and products such as newsletter, articles, policy briefs and brochures
  • assist in revising the LEAP guidelines according to the feedback received from road testing
  • facilitate development of LEAP environmental assessment tools
  • assist in the organization of LEAP events
  • any other duties as required

Click here for more information and to apply

December 19, 2017   •   News

An opportunity has arisen for a ‘Technical Expert on soil carbon stock changes’ to work with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy for 12 months. The new deadline is 6 February 2018.

The successful candidate will support the implementation of LEAP guidelines on soil carbon stock changes in the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) and its open version GLEAM-i. In particular the consultant will:

  • review the GLEAM modelling framework and database and identify data needs and gaps
  • identify most relevant data sources and revise existing datasets in view of LEAP guidelines and latest science for estimating soil organic carbon (SOC) stock changes in global grasslands and rangelands
  • work directly with the GIS modellers to improve the modelling framework to incorporate assessment of SOC stock change in global grasslands
  • lead the validation of model outputs, uncertainty analysis
  • translate the framework into the interactive and open version of the model GLEAM-i
  • oversee the proper documentation of the modelling approach
  • liaise with experts and other partners for the continuous improvement of potential additional information and parameters
  • provide feedback to LEAP TAG leaders
  • contribute to publications
  • any other duties as required

The key functions of the experts to support the road-testing and dissemination of LEAP products will be to:

  • provide technical support to organizations and stakeholders engaged in the road-testing of LEAP guidelines
  • prepare data collection sheets and preparatory technical material for road testing
  • conduct life cycle assessments and complementary environmental assessments according to LEAP guidelines
  • ensure that feedback from road-testers of LEAP guidelines is delivered in a structured manner
  • contribute to preparation of communication material on LEAP activities and products such as newsletter, articles, policy briefs and brochures
  • assist in revising the LEAP guidelines according to the feedback received from road testing
  • facilitate development of LEAP environmental assessment tools
  • assist in the organization of LEAP events
  • any other duties as required

Click here for more information and to apply

December 7, 2017   •   News

The Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Germany has a vacancy for a Scientific assistant for six months  that would undertake soil-vegetation modelling  contributing to an European Research Area Network – Monitoring and Mitigation of GHGs from Agri- and Silvi- culture (ERA-GAS) project  ‘Mitigating Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions by improved pH management of soils’  (MAGGE-pH).

Applications are open until 10th December 2017 – see the position description to apply for this opportunity.

 

 

December 2, 2017   •   News

The Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO-AGAL) is currently looking for a candidate interested in contributing towards the development of its GLEAM (Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model).  The new developments will focus on improving the current model and expanding its scope.

The position is for a Senior Visiting Scientist for a period of one year (with possibility of extension) based at the FAO headquarters in Rome.

Read the position description

For more information, please contact Carolyn Opio: [email protected]