PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURE NEEDS TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
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Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 09:15
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences
University of Reading
BASF Funded Studentship
Stagnating crop yields worldwide have renewed interest in the role of soil management in sustainable farming systems as the climate changes. As the successful PhD candidate, you will investigate the tools currently being used by farmers to evaluate soil health by using cutting-edge scientific physical, biological and chemical analysis, combined with an understanding of the needs and expectations of farming businesses. The BASF AgBalance software will be used to compare the value of selected and calibrated soil health tools in cropping systems in climate transect across Europe. With an understanding of the science and market place, you will inform the development of effective tools for farmers to enhance the profitability of their businesses by improving soil health.
The successful candidate will be based at Rothamsted Research and will be co-supervised by collaborators from the University of Reading. The project will be funded by BASF. A senior manager from the company will co-supervise the successful candidate enabling him/her to develop an understanding of how outputs from science can be translated into practical solutions for farmers.
This PhD project is one of three 175th Year Anniversary Studentships funded by BASF, a global company with interests in a number of sectors and sales of €5.7 billion in agriculture. To meet the challenge of sustainable food production, the company invests heavily in a strong R&D pipeline and portfolio of products, which includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. This is possible by employing leading experts in the lab, field, office and in production, who can connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth actions to create real world ideas that work, and by working effectively with academic organisations like Rothamsted Research.
Please contact John Crawford, the Rothamsted supervisor for the project, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in subjects relevant subject area.
Each student will be supported by the tax-free stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19), typically for 3 years. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover fees for EU/UK nationals and a Research and Training Grant to fund their research, conference attendance and networking.
To apply for this project, please complete our Rothamsted PhD Application Form.doc
All applications should include a fully completed application form, CV, a transcript of module marks and two references.
The reference form which will need to be completed by your referees can be found on the downloads section of this advert. These references should be sent directly from the referees to Donna Fellowes; email@example.com by the deadline: 20th January 2019.
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