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Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Ghent

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in sustainable development at University of Ghent, Belgium. The funding allows successful candidate to work for two years. Applications are invited up to July 26, 2020.

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 (sustainable development scholarships) 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.

A 12-month postdoctoral position is available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (Precision SCoRing: https://www.ugent.be/bw/environment/en/research/precision_scoring), within the Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering in Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. We are looking for an enthusiastic mechatronics or mechanical engineer to work under a project titled: Towards Establishing a Centre 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, fertilisers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture centre in Flanders.

Your tasks will include designing and building new machinery (machinery scholarships) and measurement systems and associated accessories and software. You will also be responsible for the integration of these systems onto various agricultural machinery (e.g., planters, fertiliser spreaders, manure injectors, tillage equipment) and a robotic platform to allow the control on farm input site specifically.

Contribute to group activities as requested by your promoter that are within the remit of the role, the grant, and the associated grade. This may include:

Have or will soon have a PhD degree in Mechatronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Candidate with BSc and MSc in in Mechatronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering (latest Mechanical Engineering scholarship positions) and a PhD in Agricultural Engineering are most welcome.

The candidate should have demonstrable knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD.

Working in interdisciplinary environments, good contextual understanding of agricultural systems and the ability to work in the field is desirable.

The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.

The candidate should be prepared to work in close collaboration with the supervising team as well as the PhD students working within the project, in the group or in the department.

We offer approx. 4346 (brut) per month based on a full-working week (38 hours), depending on relevant work experience, starting ASAP but not later than 1st October 2020. This might be extended by 1 year, after satisfactory first year performance. Only a limited amount of work experience can be taken into account.

The postdoc (fully funded postdoc scholarships) will have the opportunity to work within a stimulating research environment within the Precision SCoRing Group with interdisciplinary team comprising of mechatronics engineers, electrical engineers, control engineers, agricultural engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and data mining (data mining scholarships) experts, where many international collaborations are foreseen.

Applications need to be submitted via email with subject 'Postdoc under Odysseus project' to project promoter Prof. Abdul Mouazen (E-mail: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be).
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