We're looking for PhD students for EcoFoodSystems project

We're looking for PhD students for EcoFoodSystems project

10/01/2023
in News

EcoFoodSystems project seeking four talented PhD students for interdisciplinary research on climate-resilient agroecological transitions of city regional food systems.

Deadline: Extended until 31st January 2023

The EcoFoodSystems project is funded by IFAD/EU and led by the University of Galway’s Ryan Institute, in partnership with Alliance Bioversity International – CIAT, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), University of Hohenheim and RIKOLTO International. EcoFoodSystem’s research and innovation activities are focused on city regions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. To further build the EcoFoodSystems project team, the EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway is now recruiting four PhD students based in the EcoFoodSystems project within the Ryan Institute at the University of Galway and who will conduct research and innovation activities between Galway and the partner countries (Vietnam, Colombia, Ethiopia).

We are seeking impact-motivated PhD students who are willing to conduct research across disciplinary boundaries that contributes to meeting the goals and objectives of the EcoFoodSystems project. We are particularly interested in applications from talented and motivated researchers with strong backgrounds in the arena of sustainability and food systems, who have strong and proven skills in food systems data analytics, big data, modelling, geospatial analytics, data visualisation, network mapping and environmental footprinting (e.g. life cycle analysis) and development of data-driven decision support tools. Experience in data analytical and visualisation tools such as R (incl. statistical, GIS packages), Python, Tableau, PowerBi, SQL, ArcGIS) and strong competency in data-analytical and statistical techniques.

We are particularly interested in PhD students who can combine data analytic approaches across all or some of the following areas:

  1. Food market systems (business, economics, value chains);
  2. Consumer/farmer behaviour and/or social marketing
  3. Social inclusion, gender, change processes, social dynamics; leave no one behind
  4. Nutrition & dietary transitions;
  5. Agroecological and climate resilient transition pathways;
  6. Policy and institutional change processes and innovations.

The successful applicants will have significant and proven prior practical research experience and be willing and capable of conducting field-based research activities via EcoFoodSystems partner institutions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. Evidence of prior involvement in research leading to high-quality publications and reports would be particularly welcome, including engagement in the process of drafting, revising and publishing research outputs. The successful applicants will be paid a tax-free stipend of €18,300 per annum and have their PhD fees covered for the 4 year duration of their PhD research. We are seeking PhD students who are available to start their research immediately.

Applicants should send an e-mail outlining in less than 300 words “What data is needed for to improve city-regional food systems decision-making for health & sustainability outcomes” and an example on max 3 slides of your own research work on this topic (incl. on GitHub), including; (a) your CV (list grades, interests, experimental skills, etc) (b) contact details and e-mail + phone contacts for 3 referees to charles.spillane [at] universityofgalway.ie.

The deadline for applications is 1700 (GMT) 31st January 2023. Please note that only applications that put EcoFoodSystems PhD 2023 in the subject line of the email application will be considered.

This project is funded by the European Union and DeSIRA.