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2014 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship call now open

The Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship strengthens the capacity of young forestry scientists (under 40 years of age) in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 2014 Fellowship is targeting research on forest genetic resources aspects of trees relevant to people’s livelihoods.

Applications should contain a research note that addresses a topic within the following priority areas: diversified forest/woodland management, conservation of tree genetic resources, and restoration of forested landscapes.

The Fellowship amounts up to US$ 10,000 and should be completed within 12 months.

Please read carefully the fellowship announcement and the application form below and follow the instructions and guidelines for submitting an application and writing the research note on your proposed project.

Deadline for application is 24 August, 2014.

Submit your complete application to the email indicated in the ASO Fellowship Announcement and Application Form.

Download Fellowship documents

For more details, visit Bioversity International.

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PhD course – Global Challenges: Urbanization, Livelihoods, and Food Security

A collaborative effort of SLU, University of Botswana, DocLinks, and ANAFE is providing opportunity for PhD students for a short course on Urbanization, Livelihoods, and Food security.

The course will take place between July 7th and August 15th 2014. During the first two weeks, the course participants will spend time at home reviewing the literature and preparing for the course. Then between July 28th and August 8th, the students will attend the course in Botswana together with other course participants and facilitators from around the world. The course programme will include lectures, discussions and four field trips. Lastly, the time between August 9th and August 15th, the students will be expected to complete their individual written assignments to successfully complete the course.

The residential venue for the course is at the University of Botswana main campus in Gaborone. The address is 4775 Notwane Rd. Gaborone, Botswana.

All PhD students from SLU, African Universities and other universities in Europe  that have relevant bachelor and master’s degrees, are welcome to apply for the course.

Funding from SLU will partially cover PhD students’ travel costs, accommodation, food costs, and other costs related to the course depending on need and availability of funds. The number of participants is limited to 30 students and it is necessary to apply to attend the course.

To apply, click here. Deadline for application is 30th April, 2014, will results of application will be published on 31st May, 2014.

For more details, click here.

Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in Crop Science – MaxCROP

Funded by the FP7 Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate program: Max-CROP

NIAB TAG

WheatpicFive ESR positions of 3 years duration are available with NIAB-Trading, Cambridge, UK within the Max-CROP program, in partnership with Wageningen University and Research Centre (WU), The Netherlands. Each ESR candidate will be registered for a PhD at Wageningen University, where they will carry out 50% of their research, having a PhD supervisor at NIAB and WU. In addition to the 3 year research project each ESR will be enrolled in a program of technical and complementary skills training organised as part of the Max-CROP program.

NIAB-Trading (www.niab.com) is a UK-based SME whose primary purpose is providing excellent, independent science-based research and information to support, develop and promote agriculture and horticulture; helping the industry to fulfil its potential in supplying food and renewable resources, while respecting the natural environment. WU (www.wageningenur.nl/en), founded in 1918 is a world leading education and research centre in agricultural-related sciences, providing PhDs in the fields of life and food science, and natural resources.

The 5 PhD research projects available are:

ESR (1): Would non-host resistance in barley prove a source of durable, race-nonspecific resistance for wheat”

ESR (2): Development of wheat varieties with reduced gluten toxicity, increasing safety for celiac disease patients

ESR (3): Application of a Multiparent Advanced Generation Intercross (MAGIC) in wheat genetics and breeding”

ESR (4): Population and pathogenicity dynamics of the Brassica pathogen Verticillium longisporum

ESR (5): Emerging plant diseases: reducing the impact of Alternaria species on potato production”

For full ESR project descriptions visit www.niab.com.

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic researchers with a very high standard of English skills, spoken and written.

All projects are strongly interdisciplinary and require candidate’s with good communication and writing skills. The candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 1 year in the past 3 years, short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The candidates should not already have a PhD, have a 1st degree which in The Netherlands gives access to a PhD program and must have less than 4 years research experience since completing their qualifying 1st degree. Each ESR will receive a competitive salary and mobility allowance as defined for ESRs by the FP7 Marie Curie, Initial Training Network programs.

Following the European Commission’s Guidelines for Equality between women and men the Max-CROP management team supports the promotion of women in the European Research Area, and encourages applications from women.

To apply, please send by email a cover letter identifying which project/s you are interested in and why, describing your suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and the name and address of two referees to support your application to kate.harrison@niab.com by clicking the APPLY button below,

If you wish to have more details regarding specific ESR projects please send your request to the Max-CROP coordinator Dr Lesley A. Boyd at lesley.boyd@niab.com.

The advertisement will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Interviews will be held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, starting early in 2014.

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12 Doctoral Researchers in Agricultural / Development Economics

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
(https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/uni/uaao/globalfood_2013.nsf/enter

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):

  • Surname_Firstname_Motivation
  • Surname_Firstname_CV
  • Surname_Firstname_Record
  • Surname_Firstname_ALevel
  • Surname_Firstname_English
  • Surname_Firstname_Abstract
  • Surname_Firstname_Paper
  • Surname_Firstname_References

Technical advice

  • All uploaded documents should be pdf files. Each document should not be larger than 10 MB, all documents together should not exceed 100 MB.
  • In order to access the online application, you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.
  • In order to access the online application you need to accept the Security-Certificate edited by DFN (Deutsches Forschungs-Netz) using the Deutsche Telekom Root Certificate.
  • Some browsers delete all entries after using the back-to-form-button. Please ensure that all data are preserved before sending the data. This also holds for the upload areas.
  • If the application process is interrupted for any reason, all data will be lost and a new application must be filled.
  • After an application has been submitted, changes are no longer possible.

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Howard G. Buffett Foundation and University of Wisconsin – Agricultural Innovation Prize

Deadline: 28 Feb 2014

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.

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:

See attachments for details.

Download this file (CIRCLE - Call for Expression of Interest_Deadline 31October2013.doc)CIRCLE – Call for Expression of Interest_Deadline 31October2013.doc
Download this file (CIRCLE - Call for Expression of Interest_Deadline 31October2013.pdf)CIRCLE – Call for Expression of Interest_Deadline 31October2013.pdf

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

Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Fellowship (PhD) in Avian Biosciences – Fall 2014

Deadline: 15 Feb 2014

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, USA has a new fellowship opportunity available through The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation (starting Fall 2014) for a highly motivated individual to pursue their Ph.D. in avian bioscience at the University of Delaware.

Successful applicant will work with Drs. Behnam Abasht, Erin Brannick and Jack Gelb in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences to participate in ongoing research aimed at characterizing muscle cell development and muscle disorders in broiler chickens. The student will use diverse histology, genomics, metabolomics, and computational biology techniques to gain an in-depth molecular, cellular, and tissue level understanding of muscle disorders with an emphasis on meat quality in broilers chickens.

The 12-month fellowship includes a stipend of $25,000, as well as covering 100% of tuition and health insurance, and funds for presenting the research results at regional, national and international scientific meetings. The student will also have opportunities to perform internships or on-site research with Perdue Farms, Inc., a leading broiler company in the U.S.

Applicants should have a bachelors or masters degree in animal science, poultry science, biology or related field and should send a letter of interest; a curriculum vitae; GRE and TOEFL (if foreign students whose primary language is not English) scores; and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Behnam Abasht (abasht@UDel.edu) no later than Feb 15, 2014.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer, which encourages applications from minority group members and women.

CIFOR is looking for an Intern – Digital Communications

The Center for International Forestry Research advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for an Intern – Digital Communications

Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to support our digital communications work. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to gain experience in a busy and dynamic communications department in a highly respected global research institution.

The intern will help engage users across social media platforms and assist with developing and curating content. Depending on skills and interests, the intern could be asked to assist with filming, editing, writing scripts, creating motion graphics and podcasts as well as researching and writing social media posts.

This is a highly customizable position with the freedom to be creative.

Please send us a resume and cover letter stating your knowledge of and experience with social media, digital marketing and new media, including any related work experience. Your cover letter should demonstrate what you hope to gain from this internship – and why you think we should choose you.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identify current media and social media trends relevant to the work of CIFOR to help establish new partnerships with influential networks.
  2. Play a key role in the day-to-day running of Facebook and Twitter by sourcing and writing fresh, engaging posts that will grow our audiences.
  3. Help curate CIFOR’s Flickr and YouTube feeds, ensuring captions and titles are engaging and link back to research findings.
  4. Support CIFOR staff in drafting stories for CIFOR’s Forests News blog and media outlets, covering issues related to forestry, climate change, biofuels and other topics.
  5. Assist with other tasks relevant to CIFOR’s mission as advised by the ICG management team.

Requirements

  • Degree in science and/or journalism/communications.
  • A strong interest in how traditional media and digital marketing can be used to communicate complex information to a broad audience.
  • Well-developed writing and editing skills.
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated experience with Facebook and Twitter.
  • Experience with Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, YouTube, WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest and Hootsuite an advantage.
  • Flexible and adaptable, to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work collaboratively with others and be a supportive and effective team member.

Terms and conditions

  • The duration of the internship is 12 months.
  • An allowance will be provided that is sufficient to cover your travel and living costs.
  • The position will be based at CIFOR headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

Applications process

  • The application deadline is 15 July 2013.
  • We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information for three referees, as well as a writing sample, to:

Human Resources Department, CIFOR
cifor-hr-jobs@cgiar.org

Please indicate the position and its reference number in the email subject line.

Seeking Innovative Ideas to Improve Data Collection in the Global Dairy Sector for Human Health and Well-Being

CHALLENGE CLOSE DATE: July 11, 2013
Scientists Without Borders, in partnership with The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks bold, innovative, feasible, and scalable ideas to leapfrog existing approaches and significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with dairy production and consumption all along the smallholder dairy production value chain in, but not limited to, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

We are seeking ideas that will appropriately and successfully combine and integrate technology-based approaches and innovations with social and cultural factors, rather than focusing on any one approach in isolation. Additionally, we seek ideas that provide a clear model of sustainability – meaning an identified and measurable pathway to scale and adoption of the idea proposed – and platform or program models that are open and shared, can piggyback or integrate with existing technology or program initiatives, and that can accommodate additional functionality as needs evolve. Finally, solvers must be cognizant when proposing a solution of the resource constraints and technology limitations operating at the household or smallholder farmer level in the relevant geographies.

Reward: Up to $7,500 for novel, feasible, and cost-effective ideas and approaches that significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with smallholder dairy production and consumption in the developing world. There may be opportunities for the winning solver to work with the partners to further develop the selected idea.

Solvers:  We are seeking student solvers at all academic levels (ranging from the middle school to postdoctoral level) in order to access nontraditional creative minds and passionate problem-solvers.  We encourage students to form teams or other models of collaboration to engage as many different perspectives as possible.

The Successful Idea Will:

  • A successful idea must propose a solution or approach that can be implemented or used at the smallholder farmer household level.
  • A successful idea must mitigate the cost per farmer reached for data collection.
  • A successful idea must propose a solution that enables the data sought to be captured at the household or smallholder level to be easily understood and input, even given varying agricultural practices, languages, degrees of education and literacy, and will provide a systematized and standard framework for the data capture and entry (Examples of data to be captured at the household level, or by smallholder farmers includes, but need not be limited to, geographic location, migration pattern, species and breed of animal, cross-breeding information, health of the animals, fodder, seasonal information such as weather, inputs, or migration patterns, quantity and quality of milk produced, quality and quantity of milk consumed at the household level, quantity and quality of milk sold, milking time of day, container and storage practices, transport to market, price at market.).
  • A successful idea must enable the data captured to be easily uploaded to a common or shared platform, and the platform must have the tools and capacity to aggregate and process the data and enable the variety of stakeholders to access, understand, analyze, and share it in a meaningful way.
  • Where a technology tool, or suite of tools, is proposed, a successful idea must propose a solution that is open and interoperable across a variety of platforms and device interfaces and that can accommodate the development of additional functionality to capture other kinds of data or piggyback on existing tools, platforms, or interventions.
  • A successful idea must propose a solution that also addresses and considers users (particularly smallholder farmers’) incentives to adopt the tools or approaches proposed, their price sensitivity or other potential barriers to adoption, and should creatively approach incentives for communities and target populations to avail themselves of the innovation (e.g., gamification, community organizing, peer-to-peer spread).

Download the Idea Submission Form | Download the complete Challenge Statement

Source: Scientists without Borders website

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Systems Genetics of Wheat

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: d.m.osullivan@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Head of Department
Contact name: Mike Gooding
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 3788487
Contact email: m.j.gooding@reading.ac.uk

 

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

Hours: full-time

Grade: 6

Payscale: £27,854 to £36,298 per annum

Interviews for this post will be held on 11th July 2013.

To formally apply please, click here or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)