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Professor in Agriculture Water Management

Employer
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
Location
Morocco (MA)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
13 Aug 2024

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Discipline
Life Science
Job Type
Professor, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Duration
Fixed term
Qualification
PhD
Sector
Academia

Job Details


Professor in Agriculture Water Management - OPEN RANKPOSITION


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution dedicated to research and innovation inAfrica and aims to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields

The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research andinnovation at the forefront of African development. A mechanism that enables it to consolidateMorocco's frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boostingskills training relevant for the future of Africa.

Located in the municipality of Benguerir, in the very heart of the Green City, Mohammed VIPolytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.

ABOUT ASARI
The African Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute (ASARI) is a component of the MohammedVI Polytechnic University (UM6P). It is located in Laayoune City and constitutes a structure ofpractical-based research with a vision of solving real Local, Regional, and African agriculturechallenges leveraging up-to-date science and technology.

Oriented towards Africa, ASARI acts in connection with a wide network of universities andresearch centers around the continent in order to link real field issues with up-to-date science.The institute consists of a multidisciplinary team of agronomists, biochemists, molecularbiologists, bioprocess specialists, animal scientist, etc to respond to regional challenges affectingmarginal environments.
ASARI is composed of three main research programs:
• AgriBioTechnology program leverages up to date technologies in the service of the SouthernMoroccan and Sub-Saharan agriculture challenges. Its ambition is to conduct relevant andcutting-edge research on plant/crop improvement, biosaline agriculture, valorization of localagricultural and marine resources, and animal nutrition and reproduction with a positive impact onthe African agriculture.
• Water treatment and management program which is oriented towards the development ofcost-effective desalinization processes for agriculture use and water treatment, management andanalysis.
• Renewable energy program that is aiming to develop new approaches for the production ofclean energy to address real local and regional challenges.

JOB SUMMARY
ASARI is seeking applications for a full-time Professor in the field of agricultural water andirrigation management. The appointed candidate is expected to conduct research, prepareproposals, write reports and scientific papers related to agricultural water management, irrigationsolutions, soil-water-plant interaction, crop modeling, and best management practices to improvewater use efficiency in arid and marginal zones.


The candidate is also expected to develop teaching modules about agricultural water andirrigation management and deliver courses related to those fields.

JOB RESPONSABILITIES
• Provide research support in thematic areas related to agricultural water management, throughkey research tasks such as conducting fieldwork, contributing to land and irrigation suitabilitymapping, irrigation design and management, processing and analysis of data, and report writing.
• Lead data collection and contribute to the situational analyses to identify status of farmingsystems and feasibility assessments for informing context-specific and fit-for-purpose agriculturewater and irrigation management solutions.
• Play a key role in leading project activities in different case study sites in Morocco and Africafor implementing agricultural water and irrigation management solutions and coordinate with localpartners and stakeholders
• Collaborate with and/or provide support to ASARI researchers working in agricultural projects.
• Lead in planning, organizing and facilitating teaching, capacity building, training andinteraction in the project sites, when necessary.
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• Conduct systematic reviews and meta-analysis and synthesis of outputs to produce peer-reviewed publications according to project timelines.
• Provide support to preparing project-specific communication materials.
• Take the initiative and undertake outreach, including publication of research findings
• Prepare and design simulation studies using water, soil and crop modeling tools
• Compile and analyze experimental data, interpret results, prepare presentations andmanuscripts, and publish in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
• Prepare innovative research projects and prepare grant-proposals
• Supervise Postdoc, PhD and Master students as well as interns
• Project management including budget, materials, equipment, and staff
The candidate will also be expected to help maintain all field and laboratory equipment, ordersupplies as needed, and help maintain research plot records. Responsibilities also involvefrequent travelling to different experimental platforms and farmer’s fields within Morocco andAfrica. The successful candidate is also expected to collaborate actively with other members ofthe ASARI group in Laayoune as well as other research entities at the UM6P and otheruniversities.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Ph.D. in agricultural science/irrigation sciences, agronomy, water management, or a closelyrelated field
• A confirmed experience in the field
• Demonstrated research experience in conducting on-station and on-farm research and alsogreenhouse and lab work on irrigation, salinity /agronomy as required.
• Expertise in the following areas (please indicate in the cover letter):
- Irrigation and agricultural water management
- Marginal and desert environments
- Water-Crop-Soil modelling
- Water use efficiency
• Proficiency with statistical analysis and visualization using tools (R, SAS, etc.) and MicrosoftOffice.
• Demonstrated publication record in well-ranked journals
• Experience in working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
• Working knowledge of projects and database management
• Additional language skills, Arabic and French are desirable
• Experience writing proposals and applying for grants
• Supervisory experience

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Applications must be sent using a single electronic zipped folder with the mention of the job title.
The folder must contain:
• A detailed CV
• A synthetic presentation of the background, research works, projects and activities,publications, key achievements
• A research and teaching plan, entrepreneurial ideas and concepts, and services for UM6Pcommunity: max 3-4 pages
• 3 references letters
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