The Joint Research Centre (JRC), Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE), and the University Paris Saclay are looking for a PhD candidate who will work on:
Research professor in Earth Surface Processes in the anthropocene (BOFZAP)
Soil erosion is a global threat to sustainable agriculture, as it causes a loss of carbon and essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, and decreases the water-holding capacity of soils. This PhD topic will assess for the first time the current losses of soil carbon and nutrients and the feedback on crop productivity at the scale of the European continent under different climate and management scenarios. It will use new datasets, machine learning methods and an advanced simulation model. The PhD subject is offered for 3 years by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy) and the CLAND convergence institute (https://cland.lsce.ipsl.fr) from University of Paris Saclay (France) at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, with an equal time in both locations.
Improve and apply advanced numerical models and large datasets already developed by the host institutions to assess the impacts of erosion from intense rainfall on the nutrient balances of agricultural soils in Europe. Simulations will be performed for the recent past and future climate scenarios. The effectiveness of solutions to reduce erosion from improved land use and land management, including engineering and conservation practices will be tested using this new model framework to provide science-based information for decision making on soil and agricultural management.
Specific aims and working steps
How to apply
Applications should consist of a CV, motivation letter, and contact details of at least 2 references, and should be emailed to Dr. Victoria Naipal (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr Philippe Martin (email@example.com) and Dr. Panos Panagos (Panos.PANAGOS@ec.europa.eu) until the 31st of July, 2020.
For more information on the host institutions, PhD program, and to apply : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZPRTvmoP28x1a5jMXMd6KIRpGfovdlcS/view?usp=sharing