Postdoctoral fellow in Smart Farming

Last application date
Dec 27, 2020 11:00
Department
LA20 - Department of Environment
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
PhD in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering or mechatronics engineering
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The development of advanced communication technologies, sensing, data analysis and decision making tools are transforming agriculture into what is becoming smart farming or agriculture 4.0. Cloud-based smart data collection and decision making led to improved productivity, health and safety of agricultural products that are used for food, fodder or industrial applications. However, agricultural production systems are complex and involve processes and process conditions that are highly variable, especially given the natural variability of biological processes, soils, climate and crops. The complexity also arises from the many interconnected and inter-dependent processes that occur on different spatial and temporal scales. Managing the variability using advanced sensing, modelling, and control technologies supported by ICT has been reported to increase food security and production sustainably, while reducing environmental impact and waste. A full time 3-year postdoctoral fellowship on Implementation of Smart Farming Technologies is available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (Precision SCoRing; https://www.ugent.be/bw/environment/en/research/presco), within the Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. We are looking for a top candidate with a PhD degree in agriculture engineering, biosystems engineering or mechatronics engineering to work as a postdoctoral fellow under two recently funded ADDFerti and POSHMyCo projects by FWO under ERA-NET ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2019 call for proposals.

ADDFerti project will focus on using advanced sensing technologies, data fusion and geostatistical modelling tools for establishing an integrated solution for the implementation of site specific fertigation in potato and maize using a new hose-reel fertigation machine.

POSHMyCo project will evaluate the potential of a multi-sensor, data fusion approach for detecting and forecasting Fusarium and mycotoxin spread in the field for reducing the risk of mycotoxin contamination in wheat and barley grain by preventive site specific spraying and selective harvest. You will be responsible for running the following tasks assigned for Universiteit Gent for successful completion:

  • 1- Leading the execution of Fertigation and POSHMyCo projects under the supervision of the coordinator (Prof. Mouazen) of the two project.
  • 2- Support the coordinator (Prof. Mouazen) in managing the two projects.
  • 3- The candidate should act as the daily advisor of two PhD students working for ADDFerti and POSHMyCo projects.
  • 4- Carry out other supervision, administrative and teaching tasks related as deemed necessary by your promoter.

Job profile

The candidate should fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have or will soon have a PhD degree in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering or Mechatronics Engineering.
  • Have demonstrable knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, C++…..
  • Have advanced knowledge in precision agriculture.
  • Have knowledge in sensing, modelling and control technologies.
  • Have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.
  • The candidate should be prepared to work in close collaboration with the supervising team, and ADDFerti and POSHMyCo partners as well as the MSc and PhD students in the group.
  • Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems.
  •  Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.

Job Offer:

  • We offer a 3-year full-time position as a postdoctoral fellow, starting the 1st of March, 2021. We offer approx. €2500 (net salary) per month based on a full-working week (38 hours), depending on relevant work experience. Only a limited amount of work experience can be taken into account.
  • The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work within a stimulating research environment within the Precision SCoRing Group with interdisciplinary team comprising of agricultural, mechanical, electrical and mechatronics engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and data mining experts, where many international collaborations are foreseen.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by 27th of December, 2020, enclosing the following documents:

  • A cover letter outlining your working, teaching and research experience (if any) and reasons for wishing to work on this project.
  • Detailed CV.
  • Two reference letters.
  • Your BSc, MSc and PhD degrees or an interim document of your PhD degree if you are not graduated yet.
  • A verified transcript of your MSc or BSc degrees.

Applications need to be submitted via email with subject ‘Postdoctoral fellow in smart farming’ to project promoter Prof. Abdul Mouazen (E-mail: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be).

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact the project leader via Email: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be.