PhD Student

Last application date
Apr 12, 2020 12:36
LA27 - Department of Agricultural Economics
Employment category
Research staff group 1
Limited duration
MSc degree in Applied economic sciences, mathematical modelling, bioscience engineering or similar
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Economic Evaluation of the inclusion of bio-based mineral nutrients in the fertilisation strategies across the EU

The candidate is linked to the FertiCycle International Training Network and will work on quantitative models to simulate the potential of recovered fertilisers. Nutrient recovery can produce a wide variety of products in different quantities in different locations. A key question is how they will be remunerated in the market and how policies have an impact on these markets or how recovered nutrients enter these markets. Quantitative models should be developed to have a good insights in the mechanisms that determine the different options for a more circular economy. On the one hand production of fertiliser can be quantified using mathematical programming blending models. The logistics is to be assessed using logistic optimisation models or spatial price equilibrium models. Finally, the demand for fertiliser is simulating cropping decision. The candidate will therefore focus on model validation in close collaboration with other fellows in the network and linked to EU weather data sets and soil datasets.

This work will be based on an existing model integrations. The candidate will also be asked to do secondment (internship as visiting researcher) at one of the other FertiCycle partners for a shorter period of time (1-3 months).

Profile of the candidate

  • You are interested in and motivated by the research topic, as well as in obtaining a PhD degree
  • You have mastered the English language, both in writing skills and oral presentations
  • Experience with quantitative economic analysis, preferably using GAMS modelling or experience with R and GIS software will be an advantage.
  • Good skills in data management and analysis
  • Experience with cross-disciplinary and/or multi-cultural collaboration will be an advantage

Job tasks

Your key tasks as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) member of the Ferticycle Network and as a PhD student are to:

  • Perform independent scientific research, as well as collaborate with other members of the international FertiCycle research network.
  • Participate in international secondments (internship as visiting researcher) to other organisations in the FertiCycle network.
  • Attend the FertiCycle training programme as well as other PhD courses.
  • Deliver written reports of your research on a regular basis.
  • Write and publish scientific articles related to your research project and write your PhD thesis.
  • Support the valorisation of research results into tangible deliverables.

We offer

  • Full-time employment for a period of 3 years – with the possibility of a 1-year extension
  • The position is available from 1 June 2020, latest start on 1 September
  • Being embedded in a team of young, dynamic experts on nitrogen and phosphorus recovery from academia and industry
  • Close supervision and guidance in the conducting of the planned research
  • Stimulation to self-improvement by encouraging participation in outreach activities aimed to promote your own scientific research such as summer schools, workshops, and conferences

How to apply

Sending an email to before April, 12th, 23:59h (Central European Time) (put „Ferticycle“ in the email title) providing the following documents:

  • Professional résumé (CV) named as: CV_”family name”
  • motivation letter named as: MotivationLetter_”Family name”
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) named as: Transcripts_”family name”
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of at least 1 professional referee