The project develops tailor made water information services with and for farmers in peri-urban areas in the urbanising deltas of Accra, Ghana and Khulna, Bangladesh to improve water and food security in river deltas. This will be done by 1) combining mobile information technology (like apps) with latest insights on knowledge sharing; 2) use weather model results and local observation data; and 3) attuning knowledge about adaptive decision making and enabling governance structures to local situations. These insights will be used to co-create and test water information services, consisting of knowledge sharing platforms and virtual communities. The co-production of water information services with local farmers will empower and improve livelihoods of small/medium farmers and build capacity for enhancing sustainable food production. Furthermore it will result in a business case by delivering design principles for viable farmer-oriented water information services in other urban-rural delta zones in the developing world. The postdoc tests skills of existing forecasts and develops tailored forecast information for the two case study areas. Climate and weather forecast model output with sufficient skill will be downscaled and combined with local observations and existing local and regional model output to develop the required water availability information. The local observation is used to calibrate and validate the model and improve the usefulness of the tailor made forecast products. The developed forecasting information will be evaluated together with local stakeholders. The postdoc will support in the coordinator in managing the project.
Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
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We are looking for an enthusiastic team player with the following qualifications:
- An excellent academic record with a relevant PhD and a strong publication record;
- Proven interest in the interaction between the natural and social sciences;
- Experience with climate and hydrology;
- Affinity with the use of modern digital information and communication systems in the management of crops and water;
- Proven knowledge and skills regarding research design, quantitative, qualitative and/or spatial-temporal methods for data collection, and quantitative (statistical) and/or qualitative approaches to data analysis and presentation;
- Proven ability to work in (interdisciplinary) scientific teams and collaborate with a range of societal stakeholders;
- Skills in app and website development.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
We offer a 0.8 fte (30.4 hours per week) temporary Postdoc position for a period of 24 months at the Water Systems and Global Change Group of Wageningen University, within the frame of this Waterapps project. Salary depends on knowledge and experience. Maximum salary amounts to € 4274,- a month (gross) (scale 10) based on a full-time employment.
Wageningen University & Research
The Water Systems and Global Change Group at WUR is a solution-oriented multidisciplinary research group focusing on water systems and global change. We aim to contribute to a world with sufficient, climate-proof and clean water for society, food production and nature. Currently this is often not the case; there is either too much, too little or too dirty water. These water stressed situations result in a variety of problems. In the future, these problems may increase as a result of global change. Our mission is to create new knowledge to contribute to sustainable water systems in a changing global environment. Our research and teaching contributes to a better understanding of how water systems are affected by global change, what the impacts are on society and nature, and how to adapt to these changes and/or mitigate the problems. We combine measurements, modelling and participatory approaches to achieve our objectives. Our water assessments serve as basis for climate & water information systems, providing actionable knowledge to farmers, water managers and policy makers. Our water stress assessments assist in the transition towards long term sustainable water systems across the globe. Wageningen University (The Netherlands), The University for Development Studies Tamalé Ghana, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, and Khulna University Bangladesh and other international partners (see: www.waterapps.net) are executing a collaborative programme entitled: Waterapps; Water information services for sustainable food production in peri-urban delta areas in Ghana and Bangladesh.
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Erik van Slobbe, ( ) or Fulco Ludwig ( ). Information about the working conditions can be obtained from Ms. Patty van Beek, HRM-advisor, email:
Applications for this position should be submitted before 6 March 2019.