Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Postdoc candidate for a MSCA IF in Sustainability strategies and assessments of food and agricultural systems

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    15/05/2020 23:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Luxembourg, Altrier
    IBLA (application management through Luxinnovation)

IBLA is interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme. 


         Please note that this opportunity is not a funded positions (yet); it depend on

         1. The organization selecting you for continuing the process and

         2. A successful proposal written mostly by you (with some input from your host organization           in Luxembourg) and submitted before September 9th 2020.



Project idea: 

Projects proposals in the context of circular economy of agriculture, sustainability assessment of agricultural systems, crop production and plant breeding in organic agriculture and especially proposals in the field of production of leguminous crops, protein autarky and animal nutrition are welcome.

Another area of focus of IBLA is research on soil and water protection, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaption of agriculture to climate change.

The projects may include modelling approaches, field surveys and on-farm trials as well as standard soil, water and plant analyses.


Offer Requirements

The candidate should have a strong background in agricultural, environmental or geo-sciences and be interested in organic agriculture. In case of field work, the candidate needs a driver’s licence. It is favourable to already present 2-3 ideas for a project proposal. These should include a working title and some key points on the content.


Institute description: 

IBLA is the research institute for organic agriculture in Luxembourg, funded in 2009. The main focus of the young team is on applied research in organic agriculture and viticulture considering nutritional, environmental, and socio-economic aspects and on the transfer of the findings and knowledge into practice and to the public. The Research & Development Department currently conducts research in

  • Integrated analysis of dietary patterns and agricultural practices for sustainable food systems (SustEATable)
  • Optimization of organic materials cycles of viticulture using composted grape marc (CO2MPOSiTiv)
  • Sustainable and resource-efficient protein production using various mechanical weed control methods in grain legume cultivation (LeguTec)
  • Variety trials for summer and winter cereals, summer leguminous crops and potatoes
  • Recalculating the ecological footprint of Luxembourg (Ecological Footprint Reloaded)

and several other national and international projects in cooperation with Luxembourgish and European research institutes and agricultural extension departments.



About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship:

The MSCA IF are postdoctoral fellowships, financed through the European Commission for 2 year positions, covering salary and research costs of the researchers, who can come from anywhere in the world. The evaluation process of these programmes is more about the project and the career development of the candidate, than his/her publication record. The organizations in Luxembourg that want to host such talented researchers include large public research organizations as well as private companies that offer interesting job perspectives after completion of the fellowship.

Minimal eligibility criteria

  • Individual: applicant applies together with host institute
  • PhD at the deadline or Masters plus 4 years of full time equivalent research experience
  • Not working or living in Luxembourg for longer than 12 months before the call deadline
  • For rules see here or contact your NCP


How to apply

Please submit your CV to Charles Betz, Advisor - European R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation, until May 15th 2020 and refer to which position(s) you are applying for; you can also send several finetuned CVs if you are interested in multiple positions. Make sure you address the text and requirements mentioned by the respective hosts. 

Please note that applications are made through Luxinnovation, your contact point for Horizon 2020 in Luxembourg, before being handed over to the host company.


Luxinnovation, the Luxembourgish Innovation agency and National Contact Point for MSCA, will support both you and your future host institute during your application phase. For all applicants coming to Luxembourg we offer guidance documents, webinars, training in proposal writing and we will review your proposals if you wish so (depending on our availability). In 2019, MSCA IF proposals from Luxembourg had an average success rate of 28.5%, and proposals reviewed by our service 42%.

More information can be found on our website.


  • Sustainability strategies and assessments of food and agricultural systems
  • Carbon footprint and GHG emissions in general
  • Soil quality and fertility
  • Protein autarky, leguminous crops
  • Animal and especially cattle health
  • Grassland management



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