University of Hohenheim’s Food Security Center seeks a
Visiting Professor for Crop Science in the Tropics and Subtropics
Applications from the fields of
Crop production and protection, agroecology, nutrient cycling, plant breeding
As well as agricultural engineering
Are equally welcome.
Expected start date: October 1, 2012
The Food Security Center (FSC) is a center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation”, which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner research and education organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development and research organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization. More information is available at
www.foodsecurity.de. The University of Hohenheim is an innovative research-oriented university located near Stuttgart in Southern Germany. Combining world class research with modern teaching, the three faculties of the University - Agricultural Sciences, Economic and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences - attract scientists and students from more than 100 countries. The University’s campus features generously equipped research facilities, a baroque castle, and beautiful park areas. The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences is the largest such faculty in Germany and has a strong focus on development-oriented research (see www.unihohenheim.de).
FSC seeks applications for the position of a visiting professor from a developing country for one year, fixed-term appointment. The visiting professor is expected to work in the field of crop science in the tropics and subtropics. Scientists with background in crop production and protection, agroecology, nutrient cycling, plant breeding, agricultural engineering as well as climate change and land use change impact modelling are equally encouraged to apply. The Center wishes to attract a scientist who is (1) either and internationally well-known senior expert with demonstrated, extensive expertise in crop science issues
related to food security and distinguished networks in the international science community, esp. in the
developing world or (2) an internationally outstanding young expert with superior competence in developing
innovative research approaches, especially with respect to analytical methods that are relevant for
food security research, and with an excellent publication record. The successful candidate will work
mainly with professors, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students from the relevant institute at the University of Hohenheim and with FSC’s staff in Hohenheim. S/he will also collaborate with the partners of FSC to meet the Center’s mission. The successful candidate is expected to conduct innovative research in a field of crop science related to hunger reduction and food security, publish papers in internationally recognized journals, support FSC’s teaching and training activities at postgraduate level at the University of Hohenheim, engage in FSC’s PhD program on “Global Food Security”, and participate in PhD student supervision and fund raising, networking, and outreach activities. The position is based in Stuttgart (Germany) and salaried with a remuneration of group W3 for Baden-Württemberg (equivalent to a gross salary amount of about 5 320 Euro per month). Travel costs from home country / country of residence to Hohenheim will be covered.
- PhD degree in Crop Science, Agricultural Engineering or related fields with a research topic related to the Tropics and Subtropics
- Demonstrated experience in teaching and research in crop science related to food security issues
- Excellent publication record (at least three publications in international peer-reviewed journals relevant to the subject field of food security related crop science)
- Proficiency in statistical analysis software such as SAS and others specific to the field of research for various types of analysis in crop sciences
- Excellence in oral and written English language
- Excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit
- Ability to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment and with individuals from different scientific, societal, and cultural backgrounds and organizations from the public, private, and civil society sector.
Applicants have to be citizens of a developing country according to DAC list
To apply, candidates have to complete FSC’s application form, which can be down-loaded from
www.foodsecurity.de (go to “Jobs”). The documents indicated in the application form have to be submitted
together with the completed application form. Please email the application documents to firstname.lastname@example.org only.
Please direct any questions you may have to the same email address.
The deadline for applications is March 18, 2012.
Applications received after this deadline might be considered in the selection process. FSC will confirm the receipt of all (complete) applications. The screening of the candidates