Wageningen University & Research

Function
We are looking for a quantitative biologist, ecologist, agronomist, or statistician with a strong interest in tropical agriculture, plant breeding and genetic resources.

In this exciting project, you will work on the development and implementation of statistical methods for the analysis of crop variety performance and environmental adaptation in large-scale, crowdsourced data from on-farm variety trials. You will play an important role in an international team of breeders, agronomists and statisticians looking for improved ways to measure, understand, and predict the suitability of crop varieties for contrasting environments.

The final aim of this research is to bridge the gap between varietal performance measured on research stations and that experienced by farmers under their own production conditions and to help plant breeders to develop varieties that betters suited for small scale farming systems. The work uses real data sets from different tropical crops grown in a variety of countries and conditions, as well as simulated data from crop growth models parametrised with biological, climatic, and remote sensing information.

This PhD offers a great opportunity for those looking to work on the interface of biology and statistics and provides a solid foundation for pursuing a career in plant breeding, international agriculture, or data science.

Do you want more information?
Enthusiastic or curious? Please contact Dr. Joost van Heerwaarden or Dr. Daniela Bustos-Korts: [email protected][email protected].

For more information about the procedure, please contact [email protected]

General information about Applied Mathematics and Statistics group can be found on https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/plant-research/biometris.htm
and more information on Plant Production Systems can be found on https://www.wur.nl/nl/Onderzoek-Resultaten/Leerstoelgroepen/Plantenwetenschappen/Plantaardige-Productiesystemen.htm

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

For this position we plan on starting the interviews in the second week of February. We ask you to take this into account already. We would like to receive your letter and CV before 7th of Februrary 2022.

To apply for this job please visit www.connexys.nl.