PhD Candidate - Site Specific Nitrogen fertilisation and Soil Mineralisation

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 27 Mar 2024

17 Feb 2024
Job Information
Organisation/Company

Agroscope
Research Field

Agricultural sciences
Biological sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)
Country

Switzerland
Application Deadline

27 Mar 2024 - 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Other
Job Status

Other
Hours Per Week

42
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

No

Offer Description

Agroscope is looking for a:

PhD Candidate - Site Specific Nitrogen fertilisation and Soil Mineralisation

100% / 8356 Ettenhausen

The 'Digital Production' Research Group makes use of information and communication technologies to solve a wide variety of challenges in the agricultural sector. The Group develops new data-based solutions for improving the efficiency and sustainability of production systems. In addition to the understanding of agricultural production processes, our core competencies lie in computer vision, demanding data analyses and modelling.

Nitrogen fertilisation can be made more efficient with site-specific technologies. This project aims to optimise the individual fertiliser applications by taking into account soil mineralisation. Mineralisation models and innovative nitrate sensors will be evaluated for their suitability for practical application.

About us

The 'Sustainability Assessment and Agricultural Management' Research Division develops decision-making bases to help policy-makers create optimal framework conditions for a competitive and multifunctional Swiss agricultural sector. The analysis of a wide range of data from the agriculture and food sector enables the identification of promising operating strategies and policy measures. The Research Division deals with issues concerning digitalisation in agriculture.

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (as of 2026: Posieux), Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.


Description

- Validate and further develop existing mineralisation models with regard to their practical suitability

- Analysing data sets from field experiments and linking them with other data sources (e.g. weather data, satellite data)

- Planning and conducting field experiments on N-mineralisation in soil

- Writing scientific publications

- Participation in scientific conferences and earning the required ECTS credits


Requirements

- University degree in agricultural sciences, biology, environmental sciences or equivalent qualification

- Interest in mechanistic and statistical modelling of the soil-plant system

- Good knowledge of R or Python

- Experience in analysing spatial data with ArcGIS or QGIS is an advantage

- Knowledge of two official Swiss languages and a very good command of written and spoken English


We offer

We offer you a varied job in an interesting work environment as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good employee benefits are additional perks of the job.

In your application, please refer to myScience and reference JobID 63705.


Requirements
Additional Information
Website for additional job details

https://www.myscience.ch/jobs

Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Agroscope
Country
Switzerland
City
Ettenhausen
Geofield


Where to apply
Website

https://www.myscience.ch/jobs/id63705-phd_candidate-site_specific_nitrogen_fert…

Contact
City

3097 Liebefeld
Website

https://www.agroscope.admin.ch
Street

Schwarzenburgstrasse 161

STATUS: EXPIRED

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