PhD position Modelling of greenhouse crops, China

We are looking for an enthusiastic Chinese PhD candidate who combines experiments on physiology, growth and development of horticultural crops in greenhouses with simulation modelling.

The PhD candidate will perform experiments with horticultural crops in greenhouses in China (Shanghai) and will develop greenhouse crop models. The crop modelling provides quantitative information for decision-making and management strategies for the production of greenhouse grown crops in China.

This research will be carried out in cooperation with different groups of Wageningen University and is part of a programme financed by Laukuaikei Agriculture Development (Shanghai) Company Limited (LAD).The programme is entitled “Big Data and Modelling for Modern Agriculture in China”. This programme aims to analyse the agricultural data in China, to develop greenhouse and open field crop growth models and an agricultural economics model specifically for Chinese conditions, and to validate and apply these models in China. A second Phd candidate will focus on the modelling of field crops and a third PhD candidate will focus on the economic and behavioural perspectives. The successful candidate will be employed by LAD, but will follow a standard WU PhD program. (S)he will enrol in the Graduate School of Production Ecology and Resource Conservation, WU. The research to be carried out by the successful candidate shall be divided as approximately 60% at LAD location and 40% at WU location.

We ask

·       You are a result-driven team player with creative ideas, excellent communication skills as well as good proficiency in English (TOEFL internet-based 90 with a minimum of 23 for speaking, or IELTS (academic version) 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for speaking).

·       You have a master degree in plant sciences, horticulture, agronomy, plant physiology, or crop biology. 

·       You have experience and skills in quantitative modelling, big-data analysis, computer programming, as well as in experimental research, preferably in greenhouses.

We offer

We offer a temporary position for a period of one year with extension of further three years after successful evaluation. Annual gross salary will be 200k RMB for the first year and can increase per year up to 270k RMB for the fourth year, conditional on the satisfactory performance. In addition, we offer holiday hours that account for up to 8% of the working time.

More information

For questions about this vacancy you can contact Prof. dr ir Leo Marcelis, e-mail: Leo.Marcelis@wur.nl

For this position you can only apply on line (via www.wur.eu/career) up to and including November 13, 2018.

To apply for this position, upload your CV and a letter of motivation, and supply contact details of three references.

We are

The chair group Horticulture & Product Physiology conducts high impact fundamental research and educates students providing the scientific basis required to answer questions that are of utmost importance for sustainable crop production and product quality in horticulture.

The research focus is on how physiological processes in crops, plants and plant organs interact with the abiotic environment and how this affects crop production and product quality. Questions from horticultural practice are translated into fundamental research topics, aiming to explain mechanisms. The research and education contributes to sustainably feeding the World with healthy high-quality products.

The chair group is an international team consisting of 11 permanent staff members (6 faculty and 5 assistants), about 25 PhD candidates and postdocs and a number of guest researchers. Each year about 35 students conduct their thesis study (a 6-month research) at our group. We offer a variety of courses for BSc and MSc students, as well as industry, to transfer knowledge on horticulture (pre- and post harvest), environmental physiology and product quality.

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site

Laukuaikei Agriculture Development (Shanghai) Company Limited (LAD) is a young agricultural company registrated in 2017 and based in Shanghai, focusing on developing knowledge and systems to promote the agriculture development in China, and to apply sciences into practical management of both greenhouse and open field crops. In addition, LAD aims to develop the knowledge of agri-ecomonics for Chinese modern agriculture systems.


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