The University of Göttingen has position openings for 12 Doctoral Researchers in Agricultural / Development Economics to join the Research Training Group (RTG) 1666 “Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems” (GlobalFood) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The positions are available from April 2014. Contracts will initially be for one year, with renewal option for a total of up to three years. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (E 13 TV L) with 60% of the regular working hours (23.34h) for the first year and 65% (25.29h) for the remaining two years.
The GlobalFood RTG carries out research on restructuring agricultural markets, including the growing role of international food standards, changing consumer preferences, and the rapid expansion of supermarkets. Projects analyze the implications for supply chain governance, international trade flows, market efficiency, and impacts on rural poverty, food security, and nutrition in developing countries. In terms of methodologies, innovative econometric and experimental economics approaches are used. The research and training activities are carried out in cooperation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC. The doctoral researcher positions are based in Göttingen (Germany), but will require international travel for data collection and exchange with collaborators.
Successful candidates will have an outstanding Master degree (or equivalent) in agricultural economics, agribusiness, development economics, general economics, or a related discipline, strong analytical skills, experience with quantitative research methods, proven interest in topics related to GlobalFood, strong computer skills, and excellent command of the English language. Experience with data collection in an international context will be a plus.
The University of Göttingen strives to increase its proportion of female staff and specifically encourages qualified women to apply. Disabled persons with corresponding aptitude for the positions will be favored.
Screening of applications will begin on 15 December 2013 and will end when the positions are filled. Further details about the RTG and the application procedure via the Online Application Portal can be found on the GlobalFood website (www.uni-goettingen.de/globalfood).
Applications are only possible using the Online Application Portal:
The following 8 pdf documents are required to be uploaded:
- Motivation letter (max 400 words), indicating your specific interest in the RTG and highlighting your personal strengths for the respective position.
- Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (if any) and experience with statistical software.
- Full academic record (Certificates + Transcript of record of B.Sc. + M.Sc. or equivalent). Provide a copy of the original and an English translation if documents are not in English or German. If M.Sc. is still ongoing, provide an overview of grades.
- Certificate and Transcript of record of final secondary-school examination (A-Level, Abitur, European Baccalaureate or equivalent).
- Proof of English language skills: certificate (if language of instruction at university was other than English) or provide explanation (if language of instruction at university was English). The University accepts the following proofs: www.uni-goettingen.de/en/107150.html.
- Abstract (max 250 words) of last thesis written (B.Sc. or M.Sc. or equivalent), including thesis title.
- One recent writing sample (for example working paper, full thesis).
- Names and full contact details (incl. phone and email) of two academic reference persons.
Please name the documents in the following way (using your own surname and first name):
- All uploaded documents should be pdf files. Each document should not be larger than 10 MB, all documents together should not exceed 100 MB.
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Agris Mundus is a part of the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus program to support higher education at European universities. Agris Mundus invites qualified individuals worldwide for two-year master’s degrees oriented towards agriculture and natural resources in the developing world. The courses are given at the member universities of Agris Mundus. Applicants can apply for scholarships to offset fees and living expenses. The next application deadline is 06 February 2014. Click here for details and application.
The Agricultural Innovation Prize is jointly sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Wisconsin to encourage teams of university students to identify how to achieve food security for the world’s population while keeping within sound environmental boundaries. The competition invites business plans that focus on a process, product, service, or technology. The competition is open to teams comprising at least 50% students (U.S. and/or international) who are enrolled half-time or more at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Cash prizes are US$100 thousand for the winning team, US$25 thousand for finalists, and travel grants to enable 25 teams to make presentations. Online entries are invited between 01 December 2013 and 28 February 2014.Click here for details and application.
Australian Government offers scholarships for African students in Australia. The scholarships are available for pursuing master’s degree program commencing in 2014. Students must have a minimum English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 4.5. (Equivalent TOEFL scores are also accepted). Applicants must be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of your application and must have at least three (3) years’ relevant work experience. The scholarship holders will get the full costs of tuition fees for up to two years. The application deadline is 13th December 2013.
Scholarships are provided in the field of Agriculture/Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Public Policy (Moroccan, South Sudan), Agriculture/Food Security, Health, Natural Resource Management, Public policy, Water and Sanitation, Mining and Resources (Algerians), Agriculture (Tunisia), Agriculture/Food Security, Education and Health (Egypt), Agriculture/Food Security, Mining, Resources and Public Policy (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana), Agriculture/Food Security, Health, Infrastructure, Natural Resource Management, Science and Technology and Water and Sanitation(Ethiopia, Liberia), Agriculture/Food Security, Education, Health, Infrastructure, Natural Resource Management and Public Policy (Uganda).
Details of the awards and how to apply are found here.
The agribusiness company Cargill offers scholarships to university students interested in food security, agriculture, and risk management. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brazil, China, India, Russia, or the USA – and attend university in those countries. Each Cargill Global Scholar receives an annual scholarship for up to three years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking. The application date is 01 March 2014. Click here for details and application.
The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK in conjunction with the Centre for Food Security has recently made a multi-million pound investment in new appointments, state-of-the-art plant growth facilities and a new crop genetics and molecular biology lab. These investments will underpin its ambitious plans to bring together researchers capable of generating novel insights into the basic genetic architecture and resilience of yield-related traits under conditions simulating both norms and extremes of current and future climate variability.
The successful candidate will spearhead a three-year project in Prof O’Sullivan’s newly established Crop Genetic Improvement lab to develop an experimental platform for adopting a ‘systems genetics’ approach to yield development in wheat. The role will place approximately equal emphasis on 1. design of large-scale field and climate-controlled experiments to probe traits contributing to yield resilience in large segregating wheat populations, 2. adaptation of existing software and writing custom code to integrate data from various measurement and imaging devices, molecular assays and external data sources into a project database and 3. statistical genetic analysis of the combined genotype, expression and phenotype datasets.
The project will involve multiple collaborations both within the University and externally and therefore we are looking for an enthusiastic and team-oriented candidate with excellent communication skills in addition to the required technical skills and experience.
You will have:
- A PhD in a relevant discipline
- Experience in analysing large biological datasets
- Sound knowledge of statistical genetics
- Ability to design databases and programme data analysis pipelines
- A demonstrated interest in applying your data-related skills to real-world biological questions
- A demonstrated ability to transform ‘data’ into ‘knowledge’
Informal contact details
Contact role: Professor
Contact name: Donal O’Sullivan
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 3786729
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Head of Department
Contact name: Mike Gooding
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 3788487
Contact email: email@example.com
Start date: as soon as possible
Closing date: Friday 28th June 2013
Interview date: Thursday 11th July 2013
Reference number: RS13036
Post type: 3-year fixed-term
Payscale: £27,854 to £36,298 per annum
Interviews for this post will be held on 11th July 2013.
The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II) Call for Proposals, was launched on 08/10/2012. This second Call for Proposals under The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology, builds upon the lessons learnt from the first Call for Proposals launched in 2008.
The global objectives of this Call for Proposals are:
- To address the scientific and technological divide between ACP member states and the most industrialised countries.
- To strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in ACP countries to enable creation, update and use of scientific knowledge.
- To enhance the use of STI as a key enabler for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development.
In line with the ACP Group of States’ priorities and the EU Agenda for Change, the Programme prioritises Actions in the fields of Energy Access and Efficiency as well asAgriculture and Food Security. However, other sectors and/or interdisciplinary approaches are not excluded as long as the foreseen actions and activities are in line with the objectives of the Programme.
Deadline for submission
The deadline for the submission of applications is 7 February 2013.
The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 20 800 000.
This call for proposals is divided into 2 Lots, one for each of the below-mentioned funding sources. Each lot has identical objectives, results and activities but different eligibility criteria towards participating countries.
LOT 1 – EDF – concerns the EUR 17 800 000 EDF contribution
LOT 2 – DCI – concerns the EUR 3 000 000 EU South Africa DCI contribution
How to apply
Before drafting their proposals, the applicants should read the attached Guidelines for Grant Applicants. In addition, we advise to consult the instructions on the Concept Note and the Full Application Form included in the Grant Application Form (Annex A to the mentioned Guidelines). Applicants must apply in English or French.
Information sessions on this Call for Proposals will be held in Brussels and in the regions of the ACP Group of States. Information on the dates and venues of these Information Sessions will be available on the Programme website.
Questions for clarification on this Call, may be sent by e-mail no later than 21 days before the deadline for the submission of applications to Call2012@acp-st.eu, indicating clearly the reference of the Call for Proposals.
In addition, it is advised that the applicants to consult the Project Cycle Management Guidelines (pdf) for guidance on the proposal’s preparation process.