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We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoc to work on a multidiciplinary research project on Crop growth simulation models. These models can be used to identify yield limiting factors, as decision support to farmers and other stakeholders, as a tool in crop breeding and to make prediction about future cocoa yields.

Cocoa is a major global commodity grown by nearly 6 million smallholder farmers across the tropics and is essential for the livelihoods and food security of tens of millions of people. Current yields of cocoa are generally very low, compared to what is possible. This enormous yield gap in combination with increasing demand puts pressure on arable land and natural biodiversity while climate change will further challenge production.

You will be part of the project which is a collaboration between Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA) Wageningen University and Mondelez International. The work will provide inputs to longer-term goals and concrete deliverables, actionable recommendations are expected by Mondelez besides scientific publication.

This project will develop and use a combination of physiological crop (or plant) models and data to support transfer of research findings from the Mondelez technology centre and field trials to deployment on-farm, field level crop optimisation, and guide the future direction of research.

Function Requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field, including: crop sciences, ecology, agronomy, plant science or related field.
  • Experience with the use of crop growth models
  • Quantitative and analytical skills
  • Affinity to collaborate with the private sector
  • Good oral and written communication in English

Contact information

Contact information for questions on the vacancy:
Additional information about this project can be obtained from Prof. Niels Anten ([email protected])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.
Please upload your application (motivation letter and curriculum vitae). Do not mail your application.

Candidates that are selected for the interview stage will be asked to give a short presentation on research background and their views on the project.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 5 November 2021.
The first interviews will be held between 12 November and 24 november 2021
The preferred starting date for this position is 1 January 2022.

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