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FertExplorer - Post-doc in Fertilizer Chemistry and Formulation

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
Morocco (MA)
Closing date
3 Sep 2024

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Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

1.About Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P)

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is an internationally oriented institution of higher learning, that is committed to an educational system based on the highest standards of teaching and research in fields related to the sustainable economic development of Morocco and Africa. UM6P is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation. On a specific focus on Africa, UM6P aims to position these fields as the forefront and become a university of international standing.


2. About Fert-Explorer

Fert-Explorer is an entity affiliated with the College of Agriculture, dedicated to:

  1. Developing new fertilizer formulations through the implementation of appropriate chemical processes. This includes producing precision fertilizers based on the principles of chemistry, mechatronics, and artificial intelligence. Fert-Explorer aims to create fertilizers tailored to various soil types, plant species, and climatic conditions, with a strong focus on addressing environmental challenges;
  2. Conducting analysis, quality control, and ensuring compliance of fertilizers and their certification….


3. Characteristics of the position

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in various research activities within Fert-Explorer.


4.Key Duties

The successful candidate is expected to have:


5.1) Chemistry Skills

  • The candidate must have a thorough knowledge of inorganic compounds, particularly those used in fertilizers;
  • Understanding of organic compounds that can be used in the formulation of organic fertilizers;
  • Ability to analyze the chemical composition of raw materials and finished products;
  • Knowledge of the physical principles governing chemical reactions and molecular interactions.


5.2) Fertilizer Formulation Skills

  • Understanding of the different raw materials used in fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, micronutrients, etc.);
  • Familiarity with the various technologies and methods of fertilizer production (granulation, mixing, coating, etc.);
  • Ability to formulate specific fertilizers based on agronomic needs, crops, and soil and climatic conditions;
  • Methods of evaluating the effectiveness of fertilizer formulations in terms of physical quality, nutrient release, and impact on plant growth;
  • Knowledge of national and international standards and regulations regarding the production and sale of fertilizers.


5.3) Research and Development Skills

  • Skills in planning, conducting, and analyzing experimental research;
  • Ability to write patents, scientific articles, and technical reports;
  • Skills in managing research projects, including planning, execution, and monitoring of results.


5.4) Cross-Functional Skills

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other researchers, technicians, and industrial partners;
  • Communication skills to present research results to scientific and non-scientific audiences;
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new technologies and research methods.


6.Education, Qualifications, Experience

Engineer/PhD in following fields: Inorganic Chemistry – Chemical Engineering – Biotechnology - Environmental Chemistry …


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