We offer 3 PhD candidate position in Agronomy at the Department of Sustainable Crop Production (DI.PRO.VE.S) of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Piacenza, NW Italy. The PhD programme will be carried out within the UCSC Doctoral School on the Agro-Food System (AGRISYSTEM).
We are looking for enthusiastic agronomists to strengthen our interdisciplinary research team (UCSC Field Crops Group) lead by prof. Stefano Amaducci. With your skills you will initiate new research using on-farm/greenhouse experimentation and/or modelling; implement research with national and international partners; and analyse data with state-of-the-art scientific methods.
Position n°1 AGROPHOTOVOLTAIC – An Integrated solution to combine agricultural and electricity production
Position n°2 Multi stress response of perennial lignocellulosic crops for the production of bioenergy
Position n°3 NETFIB - Valorization of fibres from nettle grown on marginal lands in an agroforestry cropping system
We offer you
We offer the opportunity to work, study and do research in an interdisciplinary scientific environment supported by the members of UCSC Field Crops Research Group and be part of the development of the world-first Agrophothovoltaic research station (Position 1) and be part of an international network of scientists (Position 2 and 3) working on perennial bioenergy crops such as miscanthus (GRACE) and on fibres crops such as hemp (MULTIHEMP, SSUCHY). The Piacenza area is a heart-shaped land between the Po river and the Apennines. Piacenza is in the Northwest of Italy next to Milan, Bologna and Genova. It is a land full of natural beauties, valleys and mountains, but also history and art. Many other attractions are offered by this land: amusement, gastronomical specialities and great wines. Living in Piacenza: https://international.unicatt.it/ucscinternational-piacenza-living.
Application / Contact
Deadline: September 11, 2019 – 2.00 p.m.
For info on the positions: firstname.lastname@example.org (send CV, research experience and name(s) of reference(s)).
Public competition announcement: pdf
Brief description of the positions
The research project is titled “AGROPHOTOVOLTAIC – An Integrated solution to combine agricultural and electricity production”. Within the Piacenza’s university campus is being build a 500 kW agrophotovoltaic plant aiming at producing on the same land electricity for the campus, providing food to the canteen and conducting experimental research. The candidate will participate to a multidisciplinary research program that will include both agronomic and physiological experimental trials under agrophotovoltaic panels and the calibration/validation of an agro-environmental and energy modelling platform of the Agrovoltaic Farm. The main goal of the research program is to test a series of best practices for the production of sustainable food and clean energy on the Agrovoltaic Farm in order to find their best combination in terms of land use efficiency.
Source of funding: Emilia-Romagna region with resources of European Social Fund (ESF).
The successful candidate will have a Master's degree (or comparable) in Agricultural Sciences and a good background in field crops, applied agronomy, plant eco-physiology, crop modelling or related disciplines. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience of programming in Python and / or R, experience on soil-plant-water-atmosphere models as well as affinity and motivation to fieldwork. While English language skills are essential, Italian language skills are useful but not essential. Driving license is preferable. Residency in the Emilia Romagna region is mandatory for the scholarships.
Within the PRIN-MIUR project titled “Technical and biotechnology innovations in perennial lignocellulosic crops for the production of bioenergy, green building and furniture panels” the candidate will conduct a series of field and greenhouse experimental trials on different clones of giant reed (Arundo donax L.) and miscanthus hybrids (Miscanthus x giganteus L.). The objectives of the research program on these crops are: 1) to quantify the effect of multiple stress (drought x heavy metals-HMs) on plant growth, biomass production and quality; 2) to improve the understanding of the effects of HMs contamination on plant-microbe interactions and the roles of these interactions in the phytoremediation of HMs contaminated soils with perennial crops; 3) to assess the ability of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) to improve plant growth and alleviate HMs stress in contaminated soils.
Source of funding: Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) – PRIN 2018
The successful candidate will have a Master's degree (or comparable) in Agricultural and/or Environmental Sciences and a good background in field crops, soil biochemistry, plant ecophysiology, or related disciplines. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience of analytical determination of HMs on environmental samples and soil quality parameters, experience on perennial crops as well as affinity and motivation to fieldwork. While English language skills are essential, Italian language skills are useful but not essential. Driving license is preferable.
Within the NETFIB project the objective is to develop the capacity for farmers and other land managers to recover nettle as a fibre crop from marginal land, which would otherwise remain under-used. The candidate will conduct a series of experimental trials (both field and greenhouse experiments) on nettle’s cultivars grown under poplar SRC plantations. The following hypothesis will be tested: 1) nettle production under short rotation coppice can reliably produce harvestable nettle biomass to a quality and quantity that is likely to be commercially viable; 2) the yield of nettle biomass in agroforestry systems on marginal and contaminated land can be enhanced by manipulations of soil and microbes via the choice of the best combinations of organic amendment and plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPR).
Source of funding: ERA-Net Cofund Action H2020 and by MIUR under the project SusCrop 2018.
The successful candidate will have a Master's degree (or comparable) in Agricultural and/or Environmental Sciences and a good background in field crops, soil biochemistry, plant ecophysiology, or related disciplines. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience of analytical determination of plant eco-physiological measures and soil quality parameters, experience on perennial crops as well as affinity and motivation to fieldwork. While English language skills are essential, Italian language skills are useful but not essential. Driving license is preferable.Continue reading
|Title||PhD candidate positions in agronomy (crop modelling, bioenergy crops and agro-forestry cropping systems)|
|Employer||Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore|
|Job location||Via Emilia Parmense, 84, 29122 Piacenza|
|Published||July 26, 2019|
|Application deadline||September 11, 2019|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Environmental Science,   Agronomy,   Physiology,   Botany and plant science,   Water Science,   Forestry,   Biochemistry,   Agricultural Economics,   Crop Science,    and 1 more. Soil Science  |