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17 Fully Funded PhD Programs at Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

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Are you holding Master’s degree and looking for fully funded PhD positions? Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands invites online application for multiple funded PhD Programs / fully funded PhD positions in various research areas.

Candidates interested in fully funded PhD positions can check the details and may apply as soon as possible. Interested and eligible applicants may submit their online application for PhD programs via the University’s Online Application Portal. 

1. Fully Funded PhD Position in Adaptive Digital Twins for Precision Agriculture

Summary of PhD Program:

The Information Technology Group (INF) of Wageningen University is hiring a PhD candidate (4 years, full-time employment) to create the greenhouse of the future, which is smart, efficient and inclusive. A digital twin of such a greenhouse will enable both the integration of sensor data with state-of-the-art adaptive AI techniques, as well as user-friendly interaction and operation with the farmer.

Application Deadline: 28 February 2024

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2. Fully Funded PhD Position in Soft and biodegradable sensing technologies for precision soil & crop management

Summary of PhD Program:

Precision application of fertilizer and irrigation are two major management approaches to combat challenges in agricultural production due to population growth, climate change, resource depletion, and soil degradation. Real-time and high-resolution monitoring of soil moisture and nitrogen (N) contents can help in making informed management decisions, while soil moisture and N are likely to be the most dynamic properties changes frequently both in time and space.

Application Deadline: 29 January 2024

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3. Fully Funded PhD Position in peri-urban land and water commons in the Global North and South

Summary of PhD Program:

We have an exciting PhD position shared by the two chair groups: Sociology of Development & Change and Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning. The PhD will be part of the research project ‘Peri-urban commons and resource conflicts in the urbanising world’ (Peri-commons). The project seeks to explain the mechanisms underlying processes of decommoning and recommoning in several countries: what can peri-urban commons contribute to the socio-ecological system of urban and rural stakeholders, how do conflicts arise, and how are they governed – through collective action and planned interventions?

Application Deadline: 15 January 2024

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4. Fully Funded PhD Position in Politics of the Periphery in Urban Latin America (POPULAR) – subproject Santiago de Cuba

Summary of PhD Program:

The Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) Group welcomes applicants for a fully salaried PhD position in the ERC funded project ‘Politics of the Periphery in Urban Latin America: Reconceptualising Politics from the Margins’ (POPULAR). POPULAR is a comparative ethnographic research project led by Dr Martijn Koster, Associate Professor at SDC. It investigates the relationships between residents of low-income neighbourhoods and the state around issues of housing and urban development.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2024

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5. Fully Funded PhD Position in Politics of the Periphery in Urban Latin America (POPULAR) – subproject Recife

Summary of PhD Program:

It investigates the relationships between residents of low-income neighbourhoods and the state around issues of housing and urban development. It studies the formal and informal practices and interactions of these urban residents around housing and urban development in three domains: governance, electoral politics, and activism. It compares three cities in Latin America where housing is an urgent issue: Medellín (Colombia), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), and Recife (Brazil).

Application Deadline: 15 January 2024

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6. Fully Funded PhD Position in Politics of the Periphery in Urban Latin America (POPULAR) – subproject Medellín

Summary of PhD Program:

It investigates the relationships between residents of low-income neighbourhoods and the state around issues of housing and urban development. It studies the formal and informal practices and interactions of these urban residents around housing and urban development in three domains: governance, electoral politics, and activism. It compares three cities in Latin America where housing is an urgent issue: Medellín (Colombia), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), and Recife (Brazil).

Application Deadline: 15 January 2024

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7. Fully Funded PhD Position in Unravelling the protection against oxidation in emulsions provided by constituents of plant protein ingredients

Summary of PhD Program:

Stability and long shelf life of food products are key determinants of their quality and are essential in minimising food waste. Protein isolates or concentrates from legumes (e.g. soy, pea, faba bean) are used as plant-derived ingredients for physical stabilization of emulsions. Interestingly, these plant protein ingredients also contribute to chemical stabilization of emulsions, by inhibiting lipid oxidation and thereby preventing rancidity. However, the compounds and mechanisms responsible for this protective effect are yet unknown. 

Application Deadline: 8th of January 2024

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8. Fully Funded PhD Position in Microplastic-sediment aggregation

Summary of PhD Program:

Microplastics (plastic particles < 5mm), pose social, environmental and economic threats in the aquatic environment. While their toxicity has been the focus of interest for a long time, first voices have been raised concerning their impact on large-scale environmental processes such as sediment transport. Microplastic-sediment aggregation appears to enhance sedimentation of both microplastics and sediments, which might alter sediment transport along rivers and thus influence fluvial ecosystems as well as the navigability of our waterways.

Application Deadline: 8 January 2024

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9. Fully Funded PhD Position in Modelling tip burn in lettuce

Summary of PhD Program:

In this project, your focus will be on developing a simulation model capable of predicting crop growth and the spatial distribution of transpiration and calcium concentration within the leaves. This task presents a unique scientific challenge. You’ll also explore various scenarios to better understand how different environmental factors, such as local air flow, leaf temperature, humidity, and light, influence calcium transport and, consequently, tip burn. In this PhD position, you will collaborate with researchers who conduct experiments and quantify the physiological aspects of tip burn.

Application Deadline: 8 January 2024

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Fully Funded PhD Position in Discovering enabling conditions for nature-inclusive agriculture in Dutch living labs

Summary of PhD Program:

The goal of this PhD project is to create insight in social and institutional options and leverages that may help to overcome constraints to strip cropping, and to explore novel methods through which the contribution of novel policy options, incentive systems and organizational solutions can be tested in the living labs.

Application Deadline: 8 January 2024

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11. Fully Funded PhD Position in artificial intelligence for open and accessible knowledge

Summary of PhD Program:

As a PhD candidate, you will specifically focus on creating and using artificial intelligence techniques to make soil data and knowledge actionable in the broader, crosssectoral and societal context. We will use semantic technologies to automatically extract knowledge insights from unstructured content, and you will be working on ontologies and knowledge graphs for the application domains. You also develop and apply Web and Semantic Web technologies, information retrieval, natural language processing, data analytics and machine learning techniques to link different data sources and datasets. 

Application Deadline: 8 January 2024

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12. Fully Funded PhD Position in Trigger Soil Curiosity and raise Soil Literacy with Educational Technologies

Summary of PhD Program:

With this project we aim to develop a Soil Literacy Assessment Framework that will focus on 1) mapping the current level of soil-related knowledge amongst pupils, students, and the public at large on a European scale; 2) identifying competences in soil education needed to create ‘Soil Literacy’ for each level of education; 3) developing innovative educational approaches and assessment methods to improve and measure ‘Soil Curiosity’ for four soil competence areas (Soil Functions; Soil Diversity; Soil Health and Threats, and Soil Solutions). You will be part of a team of education and communication experts and soil scientists, at WUR and with other European members of CURIOSOIL.

Application Deadline: 8 January 2024

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13. Fully Funded PhD Position in Taming Ru(0) toward Enantioselective Catalysis (TRuE)

Summary of PhD Program:

As a PhD student, you will focus on the investigation of strategies that stabilize Ru(0) center while maintaining its high reactivity. You will design and synthesize organic ligands, and use them for the formation of Ru(0) complexes under inert atmosphere (glovebox). Synthesized complexes will be identified and characterize by combination of single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy – both instruments are available for walk-in use as a part of this project. You will use synthesized complexes to design novel catalytic reaction, with subsequent rationale-driven optimization of reaction conditions and catalyst structure to improve reaction performance.

Application Deadline: 2 January 2024

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14. Fully Funded PhD Position in Modelling sustainable diets

Summary of PhD Program:

In your PhD project you will develop diet optimization models to support the shift towards healthier diets, to reduce nutritional inequalities, and to assess the impacts on micronutrient deficiencies in Europe. By means of dietary modelling of nutrient intake and biomarker data, you will contribute to estimating the attributable disease burden in Europe by using data generated in other work packages, assist in developing dietary strategies to eradicate micronutrient deficiencies within the framework. 

Application Deadline: 2 January 2024

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15. Fully Funded PhD Position in exploration of novel microbial lineages

Summary of PhD Program:

The past decade has witnessed a vast genomic expansion of novel prokaryotic lineages, resulting in a make-over and reshaping of the iconic Tree of Life. Many of the newly discovered lineages belong to the archaeal domain of life. Compared to bacteria and eukaryotes, archaeal lineages remain poorly studied, which hampers our current understanding of their physiology and cell biology. In the framework of the current project, we aim to employ innovative cultivation enrichment strategies and cutting-edge microscopy analyses to isolate and study cell biological and physiological properties of novel archaeal lineages.

Application Deadline: December 31st 2023

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16. Fully Funded PhD Position in Machine and Transfer Learning under Distribution Shifts for Agricultural Applications and Food Security

Summary of PhD Program:

The research builds upon recent advancements in self-supervised, contrastive, and transfer learning, and it involves designing and evaluating model architectures for image and time series data. Processing and integrating remote sensing and satellite data alongside other relevant data modalities also will be key to the research objective of developing dynamic and intelligent systems that provide further insight into modern agricultural applications and food security problems.

Application Deadline: 27 December 2023

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17. Fully Funded PhD Position in Foodshed Climate Services for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Summary of PhD Program:

The project aims to support local and regional actors in decision making to safeguard African food security, disaster management and migration and to build resilience in communities across scales. The project will harness the EU climate services landscape and leverage it with local knowledge from African case studies. It will advance the uptake of user-centered climate services in three selected vulnerable regions in Africa (Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe). The emphasis is on tackling issues related to migration from secondary cities to the main cities within countries in Africa and beyond.

Application Deadline: 20 December 2023

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