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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 ‘Active matter in complex environments’

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled PhD candidate who will experimentally investigate the fundamentals of swimming active microorganisms in complex fluids under various degrees of confinement. You will use state-of-the-art microscopic imaging systems to characterize the motility of one (or multiple) biological (and/or synthetic) microswimmers in complex fluids in the presence of a rigid (or deformable) confinement. The experiments will be complemented by theoretical and/or numerical modelling. The project represents a paradigm shift in understanding the motility of microorganisms in realistic complex environments, and may provide fundamental understanding of the (bio)physical principles underpinning the origins of multicellularity.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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2. Fully Funded PhD Position in Dynamics in Shopping Basket composition of food items

Summary of PhD Program:

The Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (MCB) group together with the Operations Research and Logistics (ORL) group of Wageningen University are seeking a PhD candidate (4 years, full-time employment) to develop a better understanding of consumer choices in supermarkets as well as the use of this knowledge to support operational processes including assortment planning.

Application Deadline: 20 November 2023

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3. Fully Funded PhD Position in Rethinking Food Systems

Summary of PhD Program:

This research project will deal with four interlinked objectives: i) develop a market-based framework that integrates private and public goods and ecosystem services, focusing on farming and livestock systems in the EU; ii) examine existing marketing systems to assess their potential to promote public goods and ecosystem services; iii) explore how individual choices influence equity and sustainability in food systems, particularly in the EU, using innovative data and technology approaches; and iv) assess the impact of innovations and (new) business models on market transitions towards greater sustainability.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2023

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4. Fully Funded PhD Position in novel micro-MRI and micro-XRF techniques for plant sciences

Summary of PhD Program:

Non-destructive techniques, such as micro-XRF imaging and microscopic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (micro-MRI) offer insight into a variety of internal structural and metabolic information. Micro-XRF yields insight in the elemental distribution, while MRI visualizes the internal 3D structure of a live plant. Additionally, other physico-chemical characteristics can be probed by micro-MRI, such as the local environment/mobility, water diffusion and (diurnal) flows and chemical/metabolite information. However, their combined potential is underexplored. We aim to exploit the complementarity of these techniques for plant phenotyping applications.

Application Deadline: November 12th, 2023

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5. Fully Funded PhD Position in Assessing fire resilience of Amazonian forests

Summary of PhD Program:

You will contribute to a better understanding of the ability of tropical forests to resist and recover (i.e. the resilience) from fire. Specifically, you will assess the mechanisms underlying fire resilience by measuring plant functional traits that may be important for fire resistance (e.g. thick bark, low flammability) and fire recovery (e.g. resprouting ability, availability of sugar reserves). You will then scale up from species-level fire resilience to forest community-level and Amazon-wide fire resilience, and assess how fire resilience at different scales is determined by plant functional traits and fire regime (intensity and frequency).

Application Deadline: 13 November 2023

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6. Fully Funded PhD Position in TOSS – Computational Biology for biomanufacturing PFAS alternatives

Summary of PhD Program:

The offered PhD position will be part of a Dutch-funded project, which aims to develop workflows that lead ultimately to rapid, tailored production by microbes of sustainable, non-toxic substitutes of Persistent and Mobile Substances (such as the so-called, “forever chemicals” like PFAS). These petrochemical-based substances have been used since long in our society in very many settings (coatings, flame retardants, construction materials, etc.). However, they have been increasingly recognised as toxic and are bound to substituted urgently by biobased processes. This cooperative project is highly multidisciplinary and to be carried out jointly by chemists, synthetic biologists, biotechnologists, material scientists, AI-experts and social scientists.

Application Deadline: 12th of November 2023

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7. Fully Funded PhD Position in Ethics of AI-enabled plant breeding for sustainability

Summary of PhD Program:

The PhD project focusses on the responsible AI driven breeding tools intended for breeding extra-resilient crops. Responsible breeding tools for extra resilient crops intend to be responsive to societal concerns regarding AI. These concerns do not only concern the micro level ethical challenges with regard to specific applications like ownership or autonomy, but also the system level of societal resistance against the industrialization of the agricultural sector for instance. This raises the question what these concerns are and how responsible breeding tools for extra resilient crops can become responsive to both the micro and system level societal concerns.

Application Deadline: 20 November 2023

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8. Fully Funded PhD Position in Agricultural Economics Modeling

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for a motivated candidate with a strong background in agricultural economics and a keen interest in the transformative potential of technological change from a theoretical and empirical point of view. As a part of the PhD research, the candidate will conduct research with respect to the impacts of EU policies on sustainable development. An interest in the application of real option theory in combination with law and economics and/or game theory will be an advantage.

Application Deadline: 30 November 2023

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9. Fully Funded PhD Position in Sustainability impact assessment in the bio-based economy

Summary of PhD Program:

The Business Economics Group at Wageningen University is looking for a PhD student to contribute to their research on the sustainability impact assessment for replicable and scalable fair business models in the bio-based economy. The position is part of the EU financed C4B project which aims to conceptualise and promote diverse forms of cooperation among primary producers and suitable business models to create high-value bio-based products in vertically integrated value chains.

Application Deadline: 27 November 2023

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Fully Funded PhD Position in ‘Farm-economic analysis of transitioning to sustainable mixed cropping in Dutch agriculture’

Summary of PhD Program:

The Business Economics Group at Wageningen University and Research is looking for a talented aspiring researcher who is interested in exploring the economic potential of sustainable mixed cropping systems. This research will be carried out within the NWA-financed project entitled ‘Designing mixed cropping systems and transition paths towards sustainable ecology-based agriculture’. The overall project will develop new business strategies that are built on sustainable mixed cropping systems. In this PhD project, you will contribute to this objective by addressing specifically the risks and profitability of investments in sustainable farm practices and technologies needed for these systems.

Application Deadline: 27 November 2023

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11. Fully Funded PhD Position in nature inclusive forest management

Summary of PhD Program:

The position is a part of a large European research project that investigates the potential of “land sharing” approaches for forests in Europe, with a focus on close to nature forestry. As part of this European research project, you will conduct social science field research in different European forest landscapes, and engage in collaboration with researchers from all across Europe. You will conduct in-depth interviews with nature and forest managers as well as stakeholders, analysing social science data work on scientific publications as well as policy related reports. You will also support communication and stakeholder engagement activities.

Application Deadline: 27 November 2023

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12. Fully Funded PhD Position in Precision nutrition and postprandial responses

Summary of PhD Program:

This PhD fellowship/Research Doctoral Candidate (RDC) (RDC7) is part of the MSCA Doctoral Network NUTRIOME – Precision nutrition and postprandial immune responses. The NUTRIOME network involves academic partners at nine European academic institutions and six associated partners from industry across Norway, Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Within this position. The purpose of the NUTRIOME network is to train 10 RDCs in data-driven precision nutrition through human intervention studies, omics-technologies and advanced data analyses, in order to evaluate personal responses to foods and diets.

Application Deadline: 25th of November 2023

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13. Fully Funded PhD Position in Biological control of powdery mildew fungi by mycophagous predators

Summary of PhD Program:

The project is financed by a Dutch growers association and part of a larger project that aims to develop pest and disease resilient cropping systems. The aim of the PhD project is to develop a new approach for biological control of powdery mildew diseases in the crops strawberry and zucchini by mycophagous coccinellid predators. The vast majority of Coccinellidae are predators of insects, mostly aphids. However, there is a number of coccinellid species that facultatively or even obligately feed on fungi. This group of predators is largely overlooked and little studied.

Application Deadline: 4 December 2023

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14. Fully Funded PhD Position in Transformation and sorption of organic chemicals in the environment

Summary of PhD Program:

The Environmental Risk Assessment team at Wageningen Environmental Research is looking for a PhD researcher to work on improving the mechanistic understanding of transformation and sorption processes for organic chemicals. With this you will support the development of novel methodologies for high-throughput screening of chemical persistence and mobility in surface water, groundwater, and soil matrices. This project is part of a cooperation with an agronomic company and involves two other PhD candidates assessing toxicity. You will join an international team of researchers jointly working on solutions towards sustainable and safe chemicals to ensure a biodiverse and sustainable environment.

Application Deadline: 4 December 2023

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15. Fully Funded PhD Position in Understanding Species Sensitivity to Chemicals

Summary of PhD Program:

We invite applications for the PhD position entitled: ‘Improving our understanding of the mechanisms driving aquatic invertebrates’ sensitivity towards chemicals and utilizing this information to better predict it’. In this PhD project, you will co-develop an assessment framework for understanding the underlying mechanisms causing an adverse effect of chemicals and to identify the driving biochemical and biological traits making some species more sensitive than others to better understand and predict toxicity. This will be done by employing experimental and modelling approaches.

Application Deadline: 4 December 2023

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16. Fully Funded PhD Position in Computational Modelling and Digital Twins

Summary of PhD Program:

The offered PhD position will be part of the EU-funded projects “BIOS” and “Bioindustry 4.0”, which aim to develop research infrastructures services to promote deep digitalization of Industrial Biotechnology in our way towards smart biomanufacturing. These services include: a data fabric, digital twins for bioprocess design, strain discovery tools and decision support systems, advanced process analytical technology devices, and digital twins for bioprocess control.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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17. Fully Funded PhD Position in ecological Modelling in Environmental Risk Assessment

Summary of PhD Program:

SYBERAC aims to advance the risk assessment of chemicals that end up in the environment. The project sets out to assess the risk due to different types of contaminants for terrestrial species, terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. To do so, innovative system-based ERA tools will be developed along 6 case studies. Wageningen Environmental Research is one of the international partners in this project, which is led by Wageningen University.

Application Deadline: 4 December 2023

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