23/11/2020
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IRTA seeks a Researcher in Remote Sensing for Precision Irrigation and Water Management (Ref. 47/20)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    IRTA
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    18/01/2021 15:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Lleida
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/04/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

IRTA is currently seeking a researcher to join the current team of precision irrigation. The selected candidate will lead and execute research projects and contracts dealing with the application of Remote Sensing (RS) technologies into Precision Irrigation and Agricultural Water Management. The expertise areas include remote sensing for evapotranspiration and Geographic Information System (GIS) applications on precision agriculture. R+D contributions on this line will be applied by the whole team to regional accounting of water use in agriculture and to precision irrigation.

Within this framework, IRTA is proposing a research position with the following characteristics.

  • To lead a research line on the development and optimization of remote sensing of vegetation focused at monitoring the development and water state of crops. The expected outputs of the research line will be R+D contributions to advance the State of Art in providing data for assessments of agricultural water usage at regional scale as well as a source for precision irrigation in farms. This research line focuses at the RS workflow of data acquisition and processing and will complement existing research lines on the smart usage of those data for decision making in agricultural water management.
  • To participate actively in the preparation of proposals for national and international public calls. 
  • To be involved in the transfer of knowledge and technologies to the private sector.
  • To participate in dissemination activities related with the research line.
  • To create synergies with other research lines at IRTA.

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Benefits

This is a full-time position with the possibility of the successful candidate to be recruited as IRTA’s permanent staff after a probationary period of one year. Gross salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience.

IRTA offers a rich environment for knowledge development and exchange where to develop a scientific career, and possibilities for professional promotion according to the attained achievements.

Selection process

If you wish to be considered for this position (Ref. 47/20), please, go to the link:

http://www.irta.cat/en/work-at-irta/

and register yourself. You should load your CV in Adobe Acrobat pdf format before the 18th of January 2021. All information will be in the strictest confidence.

During the recruitment process, Human Resources Department will keep you informed on which step is your application.

Additional comments

IRTA’s Efficient Use of Water in Agriculture research program is located at the Fruitcentre Building, in Lleida. The Efficient Use of Water program aims to provide information and new knowledge that are useful to improve water management, specifically, irrigation water. The current lines of work are:

•Strategic Irrigation Management. Determination of crop water requirements. Optimization of irrigation systems. Seasonal sensitivity to water stress. Management of irrigation under severe drought conditions.

•Modelling water relations and irrigation. Analysis of the water productivity functions in different crops and cropping conditions. Water relations and crop physiology under regulated deficit irrigation. Crop development, irrigation requirements and yield under climate change scenarios.

•Automated supervision and control of irrigation. The focus of this line of work is the study of approaches behind irrigation decision support systems and automated scheduling. More precisely, it deals with the development and analysis of the algorithms involved in the unmanned irrigation management.

•Remote Sensing and spatial heterogeneity. Remote sensing for Precision Irrigation. Detection of crop water status and crop evapotranspiration using high-resolution remote sensing technologies. Irrigation management and predictions of water consumption at irrigation districts. Models in the use of water in changing climate scenarios. Remote sensing for crop yield monitoring and forecasting.

•Irrigation interactions, mineral nutrition and agricultural practices. Interaction of irrigation with mineral nutrition. Management of fertigation. Soil management. Irrigation management under salinity stress.

Lleida is the capital of one of the most fertile areas in Europe and its agri-food industry is one of the main drivers of its economy. Many benchmark companies have their headquarters in Lleida, including a large number of R&D firms that have set up in the Gardeny Agri-Food Science and Technology Park to take advantage of its international potential.

 

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    More than 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental scienceOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    More than 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    GeosciencesOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    More than 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Agricultural sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Environmental science: PhD or equivalent
    Geosciences: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Essential requirements:

  • PhD related with Remote Sensing or Geospatial Sciences applied to Agriculture, Forestry or Environmental Sciences.
  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral research.
  • Demonstrated scientific production in remote sensing (RS) technologies.
  • Knowledge about applications of RS and GIS to precision agriculture.
  • Experience or knowledge in the application of RS methods to the assessment of vegetation traits and water relations.
  • Capacities for teamwork, project management and transfer of R+D outputs to the agricultural and water management sectors.
  • Experience in writing project proposals.
  • Dissemination skills: solid presentation/communication skills, scientific (peer-reviewed journals) and technical writing skills.
  • Good level of English, both spoken and written. Catalan and Spanish will be valued.
  • Full driving license for Europe and travelling availability.

Specific Requirements

Desirable requirements:

  • MSc degree on remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics or similar
  • Experience with the data workflow from different RS platforms (airborne & satellite) addressed to retrieve information of interest for agricultural water management, such as biophysical parameters of the vegetation, surface temperature and evapotranspiration.
  • Experience with ground truth for vegetation remote sensing, using instruments such as portable spectroradiometers, eddy-covariance systems, etc.
  • Skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Programming Skills, especially with Python
  • Skills in machine learning techniques.
  • Demonstrating an attractive publication record and participation in funded projects.
  • Network of collaborators at a national and/or international.
  • Proven experience in technical and scientific initiatives, at an international level, and eventually national level.
  • A proactive profile, solutions-focused approach to work, with ability to adapt to changing requirement.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
IRTA
Spain
Lleida
Fruitcentre

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