Science

NZAGRC Science Leadership Team

The role of NZAGRC Science Leadership Team (SLT) is to play a key part in the development, implementation and monitoring of all of the Centre’s science programmes and strategies.  It consists of respected New Zealand-based researchers with excellent science credentials accompanied by strong leadership, communication, strategic and inter-personal skills with expertise in those areas of science covered in the NZAGRC Strategy and Science Plan.

Membership is agreed by the Steering Group and includes the NZAGRC Principal Investigators in addition to the NZAGRC Director and NZAGRC Operations Manager.  

Dr Graeme Attwood  AgResearch  
Dr Cecile DeKlein   AgResearch 
Professor Hong Di  Lincoln University 
Dr Robyn Dynes  AgResearch  
Dr Peter Janssen  AgResearch  
Dr David Whitehead   Manaaki Whenua

 

Science leadership & capability building 

The NZAGRC is committed to providing opportunities for researchers to be trained and work with leading experts in New Zealand.  Some students go on to continue their studies or enter a postdoctoral position under guidance from NZAGRC science leaders, other enter into industry based positions.

The NZAGRC supports more than 50 researchers and students by providing funding via its core research programme or via its student scholarships programme.

Below are profiles of our scientists and past students. 

Two vacancies at INRA Paris

Scientific Officer of the international research program on ‘Soils for Food Security and Climate’

1 year position, based at INRA, Paris, France.

The global initiative ‘4 per mil. Soils for Food Security and Climate’ of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/agriculture/join-the-41000-initiative-soils-for-food-security-and-climate), was launched during COP21 in December 2015. It includes both an action plan and a research program, and it is supported by more than 200 signatories (countries, regions, international agencies, research and educational bodies, the private sector and NGOs).

The research program has a focus on soil organic carbon, in relation with food security and climate change challenges. It comprises four pillars: 1. Estimating the potential. 2. Developing practices. 3. Defining and strengthening the enabling environment. 4. Monitoring, reporting and certification.

It is developed with the support of the CGIAR, of the Global Research Alliance (http://globalresearchalliance.org), of INRA, CIRAD and IRD in France, and of other international, European and national research partnerships.

The scientific Officer will assist in the coordination and development of research actions in France, involving CIRAD, CNRS, INRA, IRD and universities. He/she will work with French research partners, in relation with the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per mil Initiative, and with focal points of international research organizations and networks involved in the Initiative (CGIAR, GRA, CASA Network… ).

Initial training in soil sciences, environmental sciences and/or agricultural sciences is required.

Excellent skills in coordination, communicating research results and organizing scientific events are needed. The working languages are English and French. A first professional experience (1-3 yrs) would be appreciated. The position is based at Inra’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves traveling.

The gross monthly salary is ca. 2,480 Euros. The net monthly salary is ca. 2,060 Euros.

To apply, please send a cv. and a covering letter before September 22, 2017. Availability to start on November 1st, 2017 is required.

Contact persons: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana (jean-francois.soussana@inra.fr) and Dr. Claire Weill (claire.weill@inra.fr ).


Scientific Officer of the European funded project:  Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil CArbon Sequestration in Agriculture (CIRCASA)

3 years position, based at INRA, Paris, France.

The overarching goal of CIRCASA, which has 23 international partners, is to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge transfer on agricultural soil C sequestration at European Union (EU) and global levels. CIRCASA has 4 main objectives:

  • Strengthen the international research community on soil carbon sequestration in relation to climate change and food security;
  • Improve our understanding of agricultural soil carbon sequestration and its potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for increasing food production;
  • Co-design a strategic research agenda with stakeholders on soil carbon sequestration in agriculture;
  • Create an International Research Consortium in this area.

The Scientific Officer (S.O.) will assist the development of this coordination and support action, which has a strong networking dimension. Initial training in soil sciences, environmental sciences and/or agricultural sciences is required.

Excellent skills in communicating research results and organizing scientific events are needed. The working languages are English and French. A first professional experience (1-3 yrs) in international project management would be preferred. The position is based at Inra’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves traveling.

The gross monthly salary is ca. 2,480 Euros. The net monthly salary is ca. 2,060 Euros.

To apply, please send a cv. and a covering letter before September 22, 2017. Availability to start on November 1st, 2017 is required.

Contact persons: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana (jean-francois.soussana@inra.fr) and Dr. Claire Weill (claire.weill@inra.fr ).


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