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Assistant Professor in Big Data Analytics in Agricultural and Natural Resources Systems

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% research and 40% Extension in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE), Institute of Food and Sciences (IFAS).

The successful candidate must grasp the immense significance of ABE related research in helping to feed 10 billion people in the world, circa 2050. Where and how can data, information and knowledge help in this gigantic jig-saw puzzle? If data is the “new salt” then how can it improve lives and the future of agricultural and natural resources systems?

Application open until position is filled.

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Ph.D. position ‘big data and machine learning for precision agriculture’

Wageningen University & Research is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on a multidisciplinary research project on big data and machine learning methods for precision agriculture.

This Ph.D. research aims to contribute towards a methodological framework for data-driven methods for precision agriculture and validate it in cross-scale applications, with real data from selected case studies. The candidate will perform methodological research in the field of data science, in close collaboration with experts at Wageningen University, and as part of a European project.

Application deadline: 15 July 2018

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Post-Doctoral Fellow – Data Scientist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks an innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented candidate for the position of Data Scientist (Post-Doctoral Fellow) to work on improving maize (and wheat) agri-food systems in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world. The holder of this position should conduct and contribute to collaborative research at the nexus of agricultural research, applied micro-economic research, and geospatial modeling of human and biophysical systems, drawing on large amounts of data, and using a variety of machine learning and data-mining approaches. The specific research focus of this position is to better understand the opportunities for sustainable intensification in smallholder farming systems, through the use of geospatial analysis and modeling approaches. The position will contribute to a number of research activities focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

This post-doctoral fellow will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Socio-Economics Program in close collaboration with other CIMMYT programs and with public, private, local and international partners.

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Role: Short-term consultant

The Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) program is looking to hire 1 or 2 short-term consultants (depending on the profile of suitable candidates) to work in two tracks:

  1. Geospatial data management support, under the supervision of the Senior LSMS GIS specialist, in the review, cleaning/editing, documentation of confidential georeferenced microdata collected as part of the LSMS-ISA-supported household surveys and methodological experiments.
  2. Geospatial research as part of integrated satellite-ground data applications that have a focus on agriculture and that may be pursued jointly with the World Food Programme (WFP) and under the new partnership between the LSMS-ISA and the European Space Agency (ESA) on the use of household survey data for calibrating and validating remotely sensed products.

Duration and terms:

The consultant(s) can be Washington, DC- or Rome-based, and should be available to start immediately. If Washington, DC-based, he/she should be willing to travel to the World Bank Center for Development Data (C4D2) in Rome, Italy, in support of the activities planned under the partnership with the ESA.

An initial trial contract of 30 days will be awarded, with the understanding that each work stream will likely require max-allowable 150 days (per World Bank regulation) at least during Fiscal Year 2019 (July 2018-June 2019), and possibly during Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019-June 2020). The expected outputs for the trial period will be specified more precisely and jointly-agreed upon, with respect to the outputs that are specified above.

For more information about the position, please contact Talip Kilic at

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow, CIALCA Data Scientist

IITA is looking for a data scientist to support Research for Development activities across the CIALCA region, which includes Burundi, Rwanda and eastern DR Congo.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Postdoctoral Fellow, Data Scientist to operate under the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA

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