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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 opportunity in Soil management and ecosystem services at Wageningen University

Location: Wageningen
Hours: 38
Function
We are looking for a PhD student to analyse soil management strategies and ecosystem services. The ability of soil systems to sustain vegetation and provide all kind of ecosystems services, such as water regulation and healthy environment for organisms, is threatened by deterioration of soil structure and loss of soil organic matter. Farming systems applying alternative soil management strategies may substantially improve soil system functioning, increase resilience to deal with extreme weather conditions and raise nutrient use efficiency.
To assess the overall sustainability of farming systems, calculated nutrient use efficiencies at farm level need to be integrated into a whole-farm life cycle assessment, including off-farm environmental impacts. Such assessments however do currently not include soil functioning at the farm level. The recently developed BCS (BodemConditieScore) indicator provides the possibility to assess soil functioning at farm level. It involves the characterisation of key indicators of soil quality and accounts for within-farm spatial soil heterogeneity.
The successful applicant for this position will: 1) refine and apply the BCS indicator for soil functioning at farm level, 2) perform an “improved” life cycle assessment to compare various farming strategies and 3) update and apply the ecohydrological model SWAP using collected field and management data to explore effects of conventional and improved soil management practices on ecosystem services. This research will take place in two Dutch landscapes; one dominated by arable farming and one dominated by dairy farming.
Function Requirements
A candidate with an MSc degree or equivalent in soil science, agronomy, hydrology or environmental sciences. You have a proven interest in research problems defined in the agricultural domain. You speak and write fluent Dutch and English, you communicate efficiently and excel in problem solving. You have experience in using GIS software and are familiar with statistical techniques to process data. In addition, you are a team-player and are highly effective in time and project planning. The activities involve amongst others field work, laboratory analyses, modeling and supporting education.
Working conditions
We offer a fulltime employment (38 hours a week) as PhD researcher within the Soil Geography and Landscape Group for 18 months with a possible extension of 30 months after a positive evaluation. The gross salary will increase from € 2083 in the first year up to € 2664 per month in the fourth year (based on fulltime employment). In addition, we offer a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.
Contactinformation
Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Dr.ir. Gerard Heuvelink,gerard.heuvelink@wur.nl telephone: +31 (0) 317-482716/483723.How to apply
Interested? Don’t email directly to the person mentioned above. Please use the website to apply and upload your CV and a short motivation letter.Procedure
Interviews with selected applicants are scheduled for December 11th 2013
Organization
The mission of the Soil Geography and Landscape Group (SGL) of Wageningen University is to improve and share understanding of soil patterns and landscape dynamics. We take an integrative approach that combines biophysical and human elements to gain insights in past, present and future system dynamics and to support sustainable land management.Wageningen University and Research Centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

To apply click here. See here for details.

Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) Fellowship programme

Deadline:  31 Oct 2013

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are inviting expressions of interest from institutions and individuals interested in participating in a Fellowship and research capacity strengthening programme on climatic impacts. The programme will, contingent on there being sufficient interest, be funded by the UK Government, commencing in 2014.

One year Fellowships will be awarded for research proposals on the impact of climate change in Africa, with up to 100 fellowships funded over four years; 40 post-MSc researchers and 60 post-Doctoral researchers. Fellowships will be specifically targeted at early career researchers in African institutions.

The programme will also provide support and training to develop the institutional research capacity of participating institutions (both “home” and “host” institutions – See below). Prospective fellows will be nominated from and hosted by African universities and research institutions.

The Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) is a  DFIDfunded project  aimed at developing Africa-based research capacity in order to enhance understanding of local impacts of climate change and ultimately inform and influence national and regional policy responses as well as international debate. The project will be implemented by The Association of Commonwealth Universities and the African Academy of Sciences

CIRCLE will competitively identify 60 post-PhD and 40 post-MSc fellows from selected “home institutions” in sub-Saharan Africa to undertake structured research skills development through supervised placement in Africa-based “host research institutions”.

The main research themes will be energy, water, agriculture, health and livelihoods as well as the political economy of dealing with climate change impacts. The focus will be to enhance the research skills of African scientists through experiential learning by doing research that offer solutions to the impacts of climate change at local, national and regional levels. Fellows will be supported and mentored by a combination of African and international researchers to define researchable climate impact research questions in consultation with relevant public interest groups.

You can also find the links below:

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I If you have any queries regarding this expression of interest please forward them to Dr Benji Gyampoh at     b.gyampoh@aasciences.org or Ms Jay Kubler atjay.kubler@acu.ac.uk