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The Environmental Systems Analysis Group at Wageningen University and the University of Ghent invites applications for a PhD position (4 years) in a combined project: “Identification and exploration of nutrient management practices to optimise agronomic and environmental farming impacts” starting between September 15th and December 1st 2022.

The Project is funded by the European Commission entitled NUTRIBUDGET Optimisation of nutrient budgets in agriculture under Call ID:HORIZON-CL6-2021-ZEROPOLLUTION-01-02 and the vacancy is part of a Joint / Dual degree ‘issued by both universities”.
The specific aim of the PhD within NUTRIBUDGET is assess the selection of appropriate soil and nutrient measures, considering agronomic impacts, soil quality and environmentally harmful losses at different scales by  co-creating a spatial explicit Mitigation Measures Catalogue. This consists of the following tasks:

  • Co- create a Mitigation Measures Catalogue covering animal production, plant production and agro-processing industries on conventional, organic and agroecological farming systems.
  • Quantify the impact of the selected measures on soil fertility indicators, nutrient budgets and related  environmental indicators by deriving empirical (statistical) models by meta-analyses of literature data
  • Predict the response of selected indicators and budgets given the site properties of the farm / region or country and satellite derived indices reflecting crop type, crop yield, and presence of agronomic events
  • Define a roadmap (optimal combinations of mitigation measures) that bridges the gap between the actual and desired nutrient and carbon state.

The Nutribudget project
The main objective of Nutribudget is to develop and implement a prototype of an integrated nutrient management platform, called Nutriplatform, in various regions across Europe, as a decision-support tool (DST) for farmers, advisors, European policy makers and regional authorities. About 17 universities, industrial partners, NGOs and SME companies are collaborating to innovate our knowledge to help agriculture to intensify sustainably in order to meet the demands of optimising yields without compromising environmental integrity or public health.


Contact information
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Wim de Vries, [email protected],  professor at the Environmental Systems Analysis Group, or Prof Eric Meers, [email protected], professor at the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology at Ghent University

For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, [email protected]

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 11 July 2022. 

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