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    15 PhD student positions (ESR) on ‘New bio-based fertilisers from organic waste upcycling’ within the FertiCycle European Training Network

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    15 PhD student positions (ESR) on ‘New bio-based fertilisers from organic waste upcycling’ within the FertiCycle European Training Network

    Application Deadline: 15/04/2020 23:00 – Europe/Brussels

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  • WEBSITE http://www.ferticycle.ku.dk
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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY University of Copenhagen
  • DEPARTMENT Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences – Plant and Soil Science Section
  • ORGANISATION TYPE Higher Education Institute
  • WEBSITE http://www.plen.ku.dk
  • E-MAIL m.liuhto@plen.ku.dk
  • COUNTRY Denmark
  • CITY Frederiksberg C
  • STATE/PROVINCE Copenhagen
  • POSTAL CODE 1871
  • STREET Thorvaldsensvej 40
  • PHONE +45 35 33 40 06
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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY University of Copenhagen
  • RESEARCH FIELD Agricultural sciences › Agronomics Agricultural sciences › Soil science Biological sciences › Biological engineering Economics › Environmental economics Engineering › Agricultural engineering Environmental science › Natural resources management Technology › Environmental technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE 15/04/2020 23:00 – Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION Denmark › Copenhagen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT Temporary
  • JOB STATUS Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK 35-40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE 01/09/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME H2020 / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER FertiCycle 15 ESR positions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER 860127
  • Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable future and development of solutions for the circular economy?

    The FertiCycle Network is currently looking for 15 highly talented and motivated candidates for PhD, with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to help our network make successful research breakthroughs on new bio-based fertilisers from organic waste upcycling.

    The FertiCycle Network is a multidisciplinary European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. The consortium is comprised of 9 world leading universities and 7 research institutions/agencies/companies in 8 European countries.

    The background for the FertiCycle network is that currently, the EU is heavily import dependent for more than 90% of the nonrenewable phosphorus and synthetic nitrogen fertilisers consumed. This has large economic cost (more than €15 billion/y) and negative environmental impacts from fertiliser production and use. European farmers and fertiliser industry therefore urgently need techniques for increasing substitution of synthetic with waste-derived nutrients formulated into high-quality, bio-based fertilisers to fulfill the EU action plan on circular economy. However, this requires research into new processing, application and assessment and more innovative and entrepreneurial scientists capable of meeting these future needs – FertiCycle aims to fill this gap.

    The overall research objective of FertiCycle is therefore to develop new processes for production of bio-based fertilisers, recycling wasted resources and to estimate the market potential and sustainability challenges of their production and use.

    FertiCycle will train 15 early stage researchers (ESR, PhD) to fulfill this objective. Our comprehensive training program and their individual research projects will enable the individual ESR to generate, integrate and apply inter-disciplinary knowledge for developing new technical solutions for bio-based fertiliser production, management and marketing. The training, secondments and internships will also give them competences for inter-sectoral work and international collaboration in industry and academia.

    FertiCycle outcomes will be 15 highly qualified young scientists; required technologies, knowhow and market concepts from which innovative bio-based fertiliser products can develop to proof-of-concept level with industry.

    Tasks, responsibilities and opportunities of the ESR:

  • You perform independent scientific research within a collaborative international research consortium (the FertiCycle network).
  • You get in contact and collaborate with the other members of this international consortium and will benefit from the tailored training programme.
  • You participate in international secondments (internship as visiting researcher) to other organisations in the FertiCycle network.
  • You deliver written reports of your research on a regular basis.
  • You write and publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You support the valorization of research results into tangible deliverables
  • You participate to scientific meetings and conferences to present your research to the scientific community.
  • You actively participate in outreach activities aimed to promote your own scientific research as well as the FertiCycle network activities to a wider audience.
  • You (may) contribute (limited) to teaching activities.
  • Find the titles of the 15 individual ESR/PhD projects and their hosts below and more detailed descriptions and how to apply here: http://www.ferticycle.ku.dk.

    We warmly welcome you to apply for multiple positions if you find you have an interest and qualifications for several of the individual projects. Note however that you will have to apply for each individually at the respective host organisation job-portal (links found in individual project descriptions).

    The individual ESR/PhD projects are:

  • Project 1 – Improving fertilising properties and reduction of emissions from dairy excrements by novel manure management strategies.

    Host – Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www.wur.nl/en/vacancy/PhD-position-Improving-fertilising-properties-and-reduction-of-emissions-from-dairy-excrements-by-novel-manure-management-strategies.htm

  • Project 2 – Using pH modification of animal manures for reducing emissions and improving fertiliser value.

    Host – Instituto Superior de Agronomia – University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www.isa.ulisboa.pt/daf/nrh/concursos/investigadores/aviso-phd-agronomy-environment-soil-science

  • Project 3 – Designing pre-treatment and anaerobic digestion of biowastes for higher crop nutrient utilisation.

    Host – Aarhus University, Denmark
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://phd.scitech.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here/may-2020/designing-pre-treatment-and-anaerobic-digestion-of-biowastes-for-higher-crop-nutrient-utilisation/

  • Project 4 – Designing novel peat-free organo-mineral fertiliser production from recyclables.
  • Host – University of Torino, Italy
  • Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www.disafa.unito.it/do/avvisi.pl/Show?_id=zm5c
  • Project 5 – Using upstream AD process-control to achieve minimal content of undesired trace elements.

    Host – Gent University, Belgium
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www.ugent.be/en/work/vacancies/scientific/phd-student-36up4

  • Project 6 – Enhancement of nutrient availability from biowaste ashes, chars and precipitates.

    Host – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=151437

  • Project 7 – Development and assessment of new and rapid analyses and test procedures of bio-based fertilisers.

    Host – Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www.wur.nl/en/vacancy/PhD-position-in-the-Development-and-assessment-of-new-and-rapid-analyses-and-test-procedures-of-bio-based-fertilisers..htm

  • Project 8 – Determining crop uptake and fate of nutrients from new waste and bio-based fertilisers – the case of phosphorus.

    Host – ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://www.jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_yj5MV2PcGkaRn8Zh5V

  • Project 9 – Determining the fertiliser value and environmental implications of new anaerobic digestate products from agricultural and urban waste streams.

    Host – Bangor University, United Kingdom
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/determining-the-agronomic-and-environmental-impacts-of-organic-products-from-agricultural-and-urban-waste-streams/?p120089

  • Project 10 – Optimising use and application of waste and bio-based fertilisers – plant and rhizosphere responses to fertiliser placement.

    Host – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=151438

  • Project 11 – Modelling the effects of bio based fertilisers on productivity and soil/air/water quality of different cropping systems including market garden in peri-urban agriculture.

    Host – INRAE, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www6.versailles-grignon.inrae.fr/ecosys/Emploi-Formation/Offres-de-these/PhD-position-New-bio-based-fertilisers

  • Project 12 – Calculating life cycle inventory factors and life cycle assessments of bio-based fertilisers.

    Host – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=151439

  • Project 13 – Modelling short- and long-term effects of bio-based fertilisers on productivity, soil quality and emissions.

    Host- Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://www.wur.nl/en/vacancy/PhD-candidate-Modelling-the-effects-of-bio-based-fertiliser-use-on-surface-water-pollution-at-catchment-amp-EU-scales-1.0-fte.htm

  • Project 14 – Potential market development and cost-benefit analyses for organic waste based fertilisers.

    Host – United Experts, Belgium
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made:
    https://www.unitedexperts.be/web/content/17385

  • Project 15 – Economic Evaluation of the inclusion of bio-based mineral nutrients in the fertilisation strategies across the EU.

    Host – University of Gent, Belgium
    Link to detailed description, where the application can also be made: https://www.ugent.be/en/work/vacancies/scientific/phd-student-xeo6l

  • Contact:

    For specific information about one of the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    For general information about FertiCycle see our website http://www.ferticycle.ku.dk or contact the Project Coordinator, Professor Lars Stoumann Jensen, Dept. Plant and Environmental, University of Copenhagen, lsj@plen.ku.dk, Phone: +45 21222039.

    Additional Information

    Benefits

  • The selected candidate will be employed by the host organisation for 36 months.
  • A competitive salary plus allowances, in accordance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for ESR. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction coefficients (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States).
  • Moreover, funding is available for research costs, as well as technical and personal skills training and participation in international research events.
  • The selected candidate will be registered on a Doctoral/PhD Programmes at the relevant institute and benefit from the designed training programme offered by the host organisation and the FertiCycle consortium.
  • The selected candidate will participate in international secondments (internship as visiting researcher) to other organisations within the FertiCycle network as well as contribute to outreach activities targeted at a wide audience.
  • Upon successful completion of the FertiCycle training program and the doctoral program at the respective institute, the candidate will obtain a highly prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie doctoral degree.
  • Please, find additional information in the Information note for Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN fellows link https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/sites/mariecurie2/files/msca-itn-fellows-note_en_v2.pdf
  • Eligibility criteria

  • H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.
  • H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria: Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must be, at the date of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).
  • Candidates must fulfil eligibility criteria for enrolment in the Doctoral/PhD Programmes at the respective university (host or associated university partner)
  • Selection process

  • Recruitment will adhere to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment
  • Applications for each position will be assessed by an assessment panel at local hosting organisation according to agreed FertiCycle selection criteria, and local host HR regulations
  • A first shortlist of qualified applicants will be interviewed via teleconference/skype to further assess their qualifications and skills of the applicants according to predefined selection criteria. Note that – for some ESR positions – the preselection will require further administrative steps in order to comply with the HR regulations of the recruiting institution.
  • Next, best qualified applicant(s) will be invited for face-to-face interviews at the local host institution.
  • The selection committees consist of the respective local supervisors and may be complemented by other supervisors for appropriate gender balance or intersectoral expertise.
  • In the case a qualified applicant has applied for and is offered several of the FertiCycle positions, the applicant will have the right to decide which position he/she prefers.
  • Additional comments

  • Please note that there is no centralised application procedure – application takes place through the local hosting organisations, links to this can be found in the individual project descriptions at http://www.ferticycle.ku.dk (click the Job Announcements button) or the individual host organisation advertisements
  • Please note that the individual positions may have different deadlines -see individual advertisements!
  • Web site for additional job details

    https://www.ferticycle.ku.dk

    Requirements

    Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL Agricultural sciences: Master Degree or equivalent Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent Economics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES ENGLISH: Excellent
  • Skills/Qualifications

    All candidates are required to have one of the above mentioned qualifying degrees or similar.

    Furthermore, all FertiCycle candidates are required to have:

  • Sufficient academic skills and background to successfully complete a doctoral degree, and be able to fulfil the admission requirements of the doctoral program in question
  • Good skills in data management and analysis.
  • Strong communication (written and oral English) and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with cross-disciplinary and/or multi-cultural collaboration will be an advantage.
  • Specific Requirements

    Specific skills and qualification requirements for each of the individual position will vary, please see https://plen.ku.dk/english/research/plant_soil/sf/research-projects/ferticycle/job-announcements/ for specification in the individual project descriptions or at the individual host organisation advertisement where also the application can be submitted..

    These specific requirements and the general skills/qualification requirements will form the basis of the assessment of applicants at the individual host institutions (see Additional Info, Selection Process).

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