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Intra-ACP Academic mobility Project: Inter-University Co-operation to Train Crop Scientists for Enhancing Agriculture in Africa (CSAA)

Deadline: 

 25 Mar 2014

What is the programme about?

The ACP-EU under its academic mobility programme, Mwalimu Nyerere, has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities. In this mobility programme twelve African partner institutions will collaborate in the training of professionals to enhance agricultural productivity and assure food security for sub-Saharan Africa.

43 Masters and 20 PhD will be trained in the thematic areas of Plant Production and Protection, Environment and Adaptation to Climate Change, Management of Protected Areas and Natural Grasslands, Dryland Management for Agriculture, Agro-forestry and Environment, Research Methods and Approaches in Agriculture and Women and Gender in Agriculture. In addition 10 administrative staff will participate in a capacity building program mainly in areas of financial and international student management among others.  Mobility partners will either act as sending and/or hosting institutions.  The project will provide fellowships for full degree programs (PhDs and MSc) as well as short term mobility for students and staff and will run from 2014 until 2018.

The project is expected to contribute to a) access to quality education and training b) resource rationalization c) regional networking and peer support  d) quality assurance and student mobility e) hasten training of mid-carrier level scientists f) providing new cadre of scientists and provide mobility of staff and students.

The Call for applications will open on 05th February 2014 and will close on 25th March 2014.   All applications sent to the host institution and co-ordinating will be submitted online.Information on host institutions and their admission requirements will be placed on the programme website.  Please note that candidates will only be allowed to apply to institution outside of their home countries.  Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

PhD Position – Fishboost: Wageningen University

Deadline: 

 25 Mar 2014

Function

In the EU funded project Fishboost, the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre of Wageningen University has a vacancy for a PhD student for four years.

The aim of FISHBOOST is to improve the efficiency and profitability of European aquaculture by advancing selective breeding to the next level for each of the six main finfish species (Atlantic salmon, common carp, European seabass, gilthead seabream, rainbow trout and turbot) through collaborative research with industry. Within this EU-funded project, the PhD candidate will contribute to the work package on economic evaluation of fish breeding in Europe. This work package aims for the six target species:

  • to perform an economic review of existing breeding programs;
  • to perform an economic assessment of traits;
  • to perform a cost‐benefit analysis of existing breeding programs;
  • to compare the impact of alternative selection indices.

Function Requirements

We are looking for a versatile team player with the following qualities:

  • A motivated researcher with MSc degree
  • Relevant experiences in animal breeding, economics, modelling or a related field
  • Basic understanding of fish breeding and aquaculture is an asset
  • Good understanding of economic analysis
  • Affinity with modelling and statistical data analysis
  • A keen interest in fundamental and applied research
  • Has creative, innovative ideas and can initiate independently research
  • Accurate in performing research
  • Ability to execute the tasks as defined in the project proposal
  • Excellent spoken and written communicative skills in English

Working conditions

We offer a full-time employment (38 hours a wee) as PhD research with the animal Breeding and Genetics Group for 18 months with a possible extension of 30 months after a positive evaluation. The gross salary will increase from € 2799,- in the first year to € 3831,- per month in the fourth year (baed on fulltime employment).

Contactinformation

Additional information can be obtained from dr. Hans Komen, e-mail:hans.komen@wur.nl

Phone +31-317-482335

How to apply

You can apply till 25 march 2014.  Please don’t email directly to the person mentioned above, but use the website to apply and upload your CV and short motivation letter.

Organization

Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre

The Animal Breeding and Genetics Centre (ABGC) provides education and generates knowledge on the role and sustainable use of genetic variation in animals. ABGC contributes to our quality of life by generating knowledge to support the adequate supply of safe and healthy food of animal origin, and to enhance the health, welfare and productivity of animals. The group combines expertise in quantitative and molecular genetics related to the biological functioning of animals at population level. ABGC studies genetic variation in farm and companion animals, and examines opportunities to use naturally occurring genetic variation in selection schemes.

Fishboost

14 well-recognised RTD participants in Europe on aquaculture breeding will collaborate in this five year comprehensive research project with 7 SMEs, 4 large industries and 1 NGO throughout Europe. A mixture of low and high-tech technological advances will be developed to move the breeding programmes of the six main fin fish species to the next level. This step-change advance will facilitate balanced and sustainable breeding programmes applying a wide set of traits, breeding tools and technologies. For more information please visit Fishboost.