Fully funded 5 PhD studentships in Precision Agriculture - Belgium
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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.
- Fully funded 5 PhD scholarships in Precision Agriculture are available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group, within the Department of Soil Management, Faculty of Bio-science Engineering in our University in Belgium.
- We are looking for top MSc students, to work as PhD candidates under a recently funded project by the Flemish Scientific Research (FWO) under the Odysseus I call for proposal 2016, with a total budget of €3.5 M: Towards Establishing a Center of Site-specific Technology for Soil and Crop Management.
- 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, fertilizers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture center in Flanders.
- The following 5 PhD projects are available under this project:
- Site specific fertilisation.
- Site specific manure injection.
- Site specific pesticide applications.
- Site specific soil compaction management.
- Site specific seed rate management.
Successful candidates will have the following responsibilities:
- Run your PhD project and deliver the project results in a timely manner.
- Submission of high quality publications in international journals.
- Link and integrate with research project of the other PhD students under Odysseus project as deemed appropriate.
- Contribute to group activities as requested by your promoters that are within the remit of the role and the grant, and the associated grade. This may include:
- Supporting and collaborating with MSc and PhD students.
- Contribution to teaching programmes if requested to do so.
- Assist in other activates in the group as deemed necessary.
Profile of the candidate
- Have or will soon have a MSc degree in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Mechatronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
- Should have knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD, or C++…..
- Desirable to have knowledge in sensing technologies, modelling and control theory.
- Good contextual understanding of agricultural systems, precision agriculture and the ability to work in the field with agriculture machinery.
- The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.
- Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems.
- Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.
- We offer approx. €23787 per year (€1982 per month) based on a full working week (38 hours).
- Candidates will have the opportunity to work within a stimulating research environment within the SiTeMan Group with interdisciplinary team comprising of agricultural engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and data mining experts, where many international collaborations are foreseen.