Tailored opportunities: Position For Postdoctoral Researcher In Sustainable Food System Modelling at Aalto University


We seek two highly qualified and motivated individual with an enthusiastic attitude towards high-quality interdisciplinary research to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher in our team. Position is for a period of 1+2,5 years beginning from November 2019.

Project description: The research will be part of the ERC funded research project SOS.aquaterra, led by Aalto’s Assistant Professor Matti Kummu. The project aims to globally assess what are the feasible opportunities to meet the future food demand with sustainable use of natural resources. The five-year project develops novel integrated food system model and other related data analysis methods to fully exploit the global open spatio-temporal datasets together with outputs from global agrological and hydrological models.

Main responsibilities: The objective is to develop future food demand scenarios based on different future socio economic pathways and state-of-the-art diet change and food loss reduction modelling. These will then be integrated to the global food system modelling scheme developed within the project. The postdoc will also be working closely with the project’s PhD student on global potential in alternative protein sources towards sustainable food supply. The postdoc will collaborate internationally with other research teams, and participate in teaching and instructing PhD and MSc students in the Aalto University.

Research environment: The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team of enthusiastic researchers. The Water & Development Research Group is among the world leading groups in global water and food issues. The key focus of the group is on integrating water with other topical global challenges, such as food security, urbanisation and energy generation. The group is energetic with good and supportive working atmosphere


Qualification requirements: Applicant should have completed a doctoral degree from a relevant field. The applicant is expected to have a strong drive towards excellence in science and have an ability for innovative thinking both individually and within a team. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are required.

Assessment criteria: In the evaluation process, attention will be given to research skills, particularly working with large scale food supply systems as well as food system modelling.

The following are particularly meriting

i)      Strong quantitative skills; experience in large spatio-temporal datasets

ii)     Good background in food systems and/or agriculture and optimisation algorithms

iii)   Strong programming skills and extensive experience with programming languages such as Python, R, Matlab

iv)   Good publication record

v)     Experience and interest in working in a multidisciplinary project


The deadline for application is 7 July 2019


To apply, an application must include:

–      Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)

–      CV including publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max four A4 pages)

–      Summary of the Doctoral Thesis (max one A4 page)

–      Copy of PhD diploma

All material should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (in the order listed above).

The application should be submitted through the eRecruitment system here

Author: African Academic/Researcher

Science and Research by Africans for Africa

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