Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

PostDoc Waterapps, Wageningen University

Application deadline: 6 March 2019

The project develops tailor made water information services with and for farmers in peri-urban areas in the urbanising deltas of Accra, Ghana and Khulna, Bangladesh to improve water and food security in river deltas. This will be done by 1) combining mobile information technology (like apps) with latest insights on knowledge sharing; 2) use weather model results and local observation data; and 3) attuning knowledge about adaptive decision making and enabling governance structures to local situations. These insights will be used to co-create and test water information services, consisting of knowledge sharing platforms and virtual communities. The co-production of water information services with local farmers will empower and improve livelihoods of small/medium farmers and build capacity for enhancing sustainable food production. Furthermore it will result in a business case by delivering design principles for viable farmer-oriented water information services in other urban-rural delta zones in the developing world. The postdoc tests skills of existing forecasts and develops tailored forecast information for the two case study areas. Climate and weather forecast model output with sufficient skill will be downscaled and combined with local observations and existing local and regional model output to develop the required water availability information. The local observation is used to calibrate and validate the model and improve the usefulness of the tailor made forecast products. The developed forecasting information will be evaluated together with local stakeholders. The postdoc will support in the coordinator in managing the project.

We ask

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player with the following qualifications:

  1. An excellent academic record with a relevant PhD and a strong publication record;
  2. Proven interest in the interaction between the natural and social sciences;
  3. Experience with climate and hydrology;
  4. Affinity with the use of modern digital information and communication systems in the management of crops and water;
  5. Proven knowledge and skills regarding research design, quantitative, qualitative and/or spatial-temporal methods for data collection, and quantitative (statistical) and/or qualitative approaches to data analysis and presentation;
  6. Proven ability to work in (interdisciplinary) scientific teams and collaborate with a range of societal stakeholders;
  7. Skills in app and website development.

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Monday 18 February 2019