Plant Sciences Unit ILVO Own Capital Expert modeling Soil-plant water relationships

Do you enjoy combining experimental field work with soil and plant modeling? Do you want to contribute to a better understanding of how soil structure affects water availability for plants? Do you find it fascinating to help explore how sustainable cultivation practices contribute to climate adaptation? Then this is the vacancy for you.

Important information

  • Location: Melle
  • Contract type: Full-time
  • Diploma: Master diploma
  • Application deadline Sunday, February 12 2023

Your capabilities

  • You have a PhD in Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Biology, Computer Science or equivalent. If you have a foreign diploma, we ask you to obtain equivalence recognition. You can apply for this at Naric Vlaanderen
  • You have experience with programming (e.g. R, Python or Julia)
  • You have a good written and spoken knowledge of English

Personal competences

  • You work accurately and documented
  • You can work independently but are also a team player
  • You are data-driven

Plus points

  • You have knowledge of soil-plant water relationships,
  • You have knowledge of soil physics
  • You have knowledge of plant ecophysiology

We offer

We offer you a full-time, open-ended contract (we have financing until 31/12/2025) with a competitive salary based on your degree. You will be recruited in the salary scale A166 (Based on your doctoral degree). You can make a gross and net calculation of your monthly salary, a holiday bonus and your end-of-year allowance via https://www.vlaanderen.be/werken-voor-vlaanderen/het-salaris. Relevant experience can be considered for financial seniority.

You will have a varied, challenging and socially relevant job in a dynamic environment with plenty of development opportunities. An ILVO employee works hard but can also enjoy hard work thanks to flexible working hours, possibility of hybrid working (if the position allows it) and a nice leave scheme.... All in all, you can enjoy 35 vacation days based on performance last year (private arrangement). During Christmas and New Year you get additional leave.

Additional: Hospitalization and group (life) insurance, commuting allowance (bicycle – public transport), meal vouchers (7 €/day)

Extreme weather conditions, as have occurred in recent years and will occur more frequently in the future, disrupt water, temperature and air management in the soil. Longer periods without rainfall lead to more drought, while more intense rainstorms not only increase the likelihood of flooding and soil erosion, but also cause soil structure decay, resulting in reduced enrichment of soil moisture. The result is soil and crops that are less resilient to extreme weather patterns.

ILVO seeks an expert soil-plant modeling to investigate the impact and feasibility of adapted soil management practices, particularly mulching, on soil water balance and plant growth as an adaptation mechanism against extreme weather conditions. This will combine an experimental approach with the development and refinement of biophysical soil-plant models.

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