Plant Sciences Unit Junior researcher for crop modeling

Do you want to help find out what impact climate change and water management measures have on Flemish agriculture? Do you like tinkering with crop and hydrological models at different scales? Would you like to be a pivot in the interaction between research and policy? Do you enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team? Then you are the colleague we are looking for!

Important information

  • Location: Melle
  • Contract type: Full-time
  • Diploma: Master diploma
  • Application deadline tuesday 9 november 2021

Your capabilities

  • You have a Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Bioengineering, Science or equivalent.
  • If you are in possession of a foreign diploma, we ask you to obtain equivalence recognition. You can apply for this at NARIC Flanders. (NARIC-Vlaanderen).
  • You can work with one or more crop models and/or hydrological models
  • You can also further develop models based on new insights.
  • You have an affinity with programming (e.g. in Python)
  • You have a good knowledge of English (oral + written)

We offer

We offer you a full-time open- ended contract with funding for a minimum of 24 months

The past summers have already shown that Flemish agriculture and horticulture are very sensitive to drought. Climate scenarios show that both the amount of precipitation and the number of days with precipitation in summer will decrease even further. In addition, we must also take into account the more frequent occurrence of extreme peak rainfall events. The need for smart water management for agriculture will therefore only become more acute. To quantify the impact of water scarcity on agriculture and to test the efficiency of possible solutions, there is a need for adapted model ensembles that enable us to represent the link between groundwater, soil, climate, crop and management. Policy makers want to use such model ensembles to quantify, for example, the impact of droughts or water level rises on agriculture in Flanders.

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Garré Sarah

Sarah Garré

ILVO researcher and water expert