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Position: PhD Studentship in Water, Nutrient and Future of Food Production
Institution: University College London
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: The global growth of crop production has been achieved mainly through the intensive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers transferred later to water bodies. We aim to design an effective response for future food production by building an optimisation-driven model aiming to simulate water quality trade at the local-regional level and applying it to one or more regions in the UK. Valuation of nutrient, economically and environmentally to different industries and sectors will be performed. The applicant will use the existing farm modelling and advance it with the developed model in studying water quality trade impact on farmers behaviour and nutritional production under different climate conditions, and as a consequence, provide credible evidences to address the implication of a market oriented agricultural expansion on water abstraction, environmental and human health
Requirements: The applicant will have a degree in Environmental science, operational research, engineering, Chemistry, and/or economics ora closely related quantitative field; The applicant will have experience in operational research modelling and analysis of water/agriculture crop/soiland/or resource systems; The applicant must have experience formulating optimisation models and solving them using existing algorithms; The application will have training in economics, on subjects such as microeconomics, econometrics, game theory, and valuation; Experience programming in any of thefollowing languages or computing systems: GAMS, AIMMS, or Python
   
Text: PhD Studentship in Water, Nutrient and Future of Food Production, - Ref:1814345 Click here to go back to search results UCL Department / Division Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering Location of position London Duration of Studentship 4 Years Stipend £17,280 tax free per annum (rising with inflation) Vacancy Information A fully funded PhD position is available to work on an EPSRC-funded project on water quality markets in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. The project involves developing a simulator through mathematical modelling and optimisation approaches that studies how farming and industrial pollution affect water quality and consequently impact the future food production. We will be looking at how an economical driven approach that trades water quality influence positively the farmers and other sectors players behaviours in dealing with their water management practices and hence help the food produce intensification. The successful candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary team of researchers at UCL Water management group, and Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Studentship Description The global growth of crop production has been achieved mainly through the intensive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers transferred later to water bodies. We aim to design an effective response for future food production by building an optimisation-driven model aiming to simulate water quality trade at the local-regional level and applying it to one or more regions in the UK. Valuation of nutrient, economically and environmentally to different industries and sectors will be performed. The applicant will use the existing farm modelling and advance it with the developed model in studying water quality trade impact on farmers behaviour and nutritional production under different climate conditions, and as a consequence, provide credible evidences to address the implication of a market oriented agricultural expansion on water abstraction, environmental and human health. The project will include interacting with other PhD students and stakeholders in model use and interpretation. Concurrent opportunities to contribute to other relevant research projects within a dynamic research group may be possible Person Specification Essential Criteria The applicant will have a degree in Environmentalscience, operational research, engineering, Chemistry, and/or economics ora closely related quantitative field. The applicant will have experience inoperational research modelling and analysis of water/agriculture crop/soiland/or resource systems. The applicant must have experienceformulating optimisation models and solving them using existing algorithms The application will have training ineconomics, on subjects such as microeconomics, econometrics, game theory,and valuation Experience programming in any of thefollowing languages or computing systems: GAMS, AIMMS, or Python The applicant must be a clear and effectiveoral and written technical communicator Desirable Criteria Knowledge of Soil or Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Crop Science and/or a related Environmental Science will be considered a plus. Eligibility Only open to applications from UK students or EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years. Please see: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/ Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to Dr. Tohid Erfani t.erfani@ucl.ac.uk . The successful applicant will then have to apply online to UCL by submitting the PhD application form, available from https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/civil-environmental-geomatic-engineering-mphil-phd and clicking on the Apply now button. Please name Dr Tohid Erfani as the proposed supervisor. Contact name Dr. Tohid Erfani Contact details t.erfani@ucl.ac.uk UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 17 Jul 2019 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date TBC Studentship Start Date 23rd September 2019
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