Scientific assistant soil organic matter

ILVO is looking for a candidate with a master degree in bio-engineering for
Function EV: Scientific assistant soil organic matter
Vacancy number: EV/2019/049/Plant109
Entity: Eigen Vermogen (EV) - Flanders Research Institute for agriculture, fisheries and food
Department: Plant Sciences
Place of employment: Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 109 - 9820 Merelbeke


Through carbon sequestration in the soil, agriculture can make a positive contribution to combating climate change (climate mitigation). In addition, increased carbon levels in the soil ensure greater resilience against more extreme weather conditions such as drought and heavy precipitation (climate adaptation). As a scientist studying soil organic matter you will be responsible for developing expertise on sustainable soil management, with a focus on building soil organic matter. You provide relevant scientific data in support of policy and practice and you are involved in integrating a ??? around soil organic matter in the climate scans that are currently under development. You will participate in several ongoing projects such as EJPSoil (European Joint Programme on agricultural soil management), the Interreg project CarbonConnects (about wet agriculture, composting and carbon storage) and KLIMREK (the VLAIO agricultural trajectory that Climate adaptation and the reduction of the climate impact of farms encourages through company-specific guidance). You will collaborate with experts inside and outside ILVO and reinforce the ILVO-ELK.

Your work consists mainly of the following tasks:

  • You study national and international literature, including on the impact of soil management measures on carbon sequestration and N2O emissions, on methods for measuring/estimating, monitoring and reimbursing carbon stocks in the soil at various scale levels;
  • You collect input data and model the carbon dynamics in Flemish soils on the basis of existing (e.g. Roth-C), or new models to be developed;
  • You are able to design and organize experiments and field measurement campaigns to collect missing data and generate knowledge;
  • You communicate research results to the research world (writing scientific articles, participation in scientific congresses,...), and practice and translate them into policy recommendations;
  • You work independently but consult and report regularly with colleagues on the progress of the research;
  • You work together with fellow researchers from various disciplines on ILVO and with (inter-) national partners;
  • You assist with writing research proposals on soil organic matter;
  • You contribute to the general operations of ILVO-ELK.

Your profile

  • You have a Master's degree in Bio-engineering sciences, civil engineering, biology, environmental sciences, Earth and environmental sciences, or an equivalent.
  • If you have a foreign diploma, you need to obtain an equivalence recognition. You can request this at NARIC Vlaanderen.
  • You have thorough knowledge of soil, soil management and soil organic matter.
  • You are familiar with a wide range of research methods and techniques relevant to scientific research.
  • You have knowledge of-and a strong interest in-the agricultural sector.

How to apply?

To apply, email your motivation letter together with your CV and a copy of diploma. Indicating the vacancy number in the subject line of your email. To: Caroline, by Sunday 17 November 2019.

Suitable candidates (based on CV screening) are invited to an interview in the week of December 9, 2019. Please provide a telephone number where you can reach the day and indicate your e-mail address on your CV.

More info?

Job content: Greet Ruysschaert, senior researcher - T: 09 272 26 98 -
Terms of employment: Caroline Buyst, HR-specialist - 09 272 25 12 -

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