POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST AFRICAN SCIENCE
Exciting partnership covers a wide range of topics aimed at building agricultural capacity
The ongoing collaboration between Rothamsted Research, Cranfield University and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) has announced further opportunities, with a dozen postdoctoral research posts now available.
Rothamsted’s International Projects Officer, Nicola Yates said: “These positions are a unique opportunity for early career scientists as they provide a chance to work in UK and Africa, with academia and industry, as well as offering the possibility to apply for a permanent Research Fellow position in Morocco after successful completion of the postdoc.”
Those appointed will be employed on an internationally competitive salary by UM6P and will spend significant time in Benguerir, Morocco, as well as Cranfield University and Rothamsted in the UK.
The capacity building partnership, which was launched in March, is focusing on the delivery of a programme of world class research and the creation of a Centre for Doctoral Training, supporting the development of the next generation of African scientists and engineers.
The agreement comes on the back of growing relations between the UK and Morocco to strengthen collaboration in education, research and innovation fields. It is supported by OCP Group, which is one of the largest exporters of phosphate fertilisers in the world.
Follow the links below for more information on each fellowship:
Exploitation of beneficial root-associated bacteria in grain cereal-based cropping systems
• Area of specialization: Soil and plant microbiology
• Area of specialization: Soil science
• Area of specialization: Soil science
Improving soil physical properties to reduce soil and water losses
• Area of specialization: Soil science and agronomy
Developing innovative remote sensing/automated crop phenotyping methods for African agriculture
• Area of specialization: 3D imaging, machine learning, computer vision, and remote sensing
• Area of specialization: Crop physiology / Applied agronomy: Crop nutrient deficiencies; phenotyping for nutrient deficiency from stand-off/remote sensing monitoring methodologies including drones.
Bioproducts for African Agriculture
• Area of specialization: Biostimulants, Bioprotectants & Bioassay
• Area of specialization: Plant Secondary Metabolites
• Area of specialization: Remote Sensing
• Area of specialization: Agricultural systems in the Landscape
Novel fertilizer formulations and management for African Agriculture
• Area of specialization: Soil Microbiology, Molecular Biology and genomic or related field
• Area of specialization: Soil Science, plant science, agronomy or related field
About Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world. We work from gene to field with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Our founders, in 1843, were the pioneers of modern agriculture, and we are known for our imaginative science and our collaborative influence on fresh thinking and farming practices.
Through independent science and innovation, we make significant contributions to improving agri-food systems in the UK and internationally. In terms of the institute’s economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK was calculated to exceed £3000 million a year in 20151. Our strength lies in our systems approach, which combines science and strategic research, interdisciplinary teams and partnerships.
Rothamsted is also home to three unique resources. These National Capabilities are open to researchers from all over the world: The Long-Term Experiments, Rothamsted Insect Survey and the North Wyke Farm Platform.
We are strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with additional support from other national and international funding streams, and from industry. We are also supported by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT).
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1Rothamsted Research and the Value of Excellence: A synthesis of the available evidence, by Séan Rickard (Oct 2015)
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The Lawes Agricultural Trust, established in 1889 by Sir John Bennet Lawes, supports Rothamsted Research’s national and international agricultural science through the provision of land, facilities and funding. LAT, a charitable trust, owns the estates at Harpenden and Broom's Barn, including many of the buildings used by Rothamsted Research. LAT provides an annual research grant to the Director, accommodation for nearly 200 people, and support for fellowships for young scientists from developing countries. LAT also makes capital grants to help modernise facilities at Rothamsted, or invests in new buildings.