The successful candidate will join the Crop protection team of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department.
With a team of more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science, the ERIN department has the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle major environmental challenges our society is facing today : climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control.
The RDI activities of the Crop protection team relate to the development and dissemination of models for reducing pesticide use in cereals, rapeseed and vine based on environmental, agronomic and molecular data.
The team operates a pest and disease warning platform for the national agricultural community. The team comprises specialists in phytopathology, entomology, and viticulture able to address the most important crop protection issues in Luxembourg.
The successful candidate is expected to :
Establish and carry out a weed monitoring service and to communicate recommendations for weed control to the national agricultural communities on a regular basis
Develop new methods of weed recognition for the optimization of the weed monitoring program
Develop new technologies in the domain of precision agriculture focussing on weed management and control
Participate in herbicide reduction efforts
Participate in the supervision of interns and PhD students
Participate in the data management of the group and the department
The candidate will also be in charge of disseminating, valorising and transferring RDI results (patents, licenses, prototypes, publications, technical reports, participation in conferences and fairs).
PhD or equivalent qualification in weed science or agriculture or horticulture or biotechnology or a related field with a strong bio-engineering curriculum
An authorization to use pesticides from a EU country will be considered as an asset
At least 4 years of experience in weed science / crop science / agronomy / plant physiology / plant biology or a related discipline.
Prior working experience in an operational weed management team would be considered as an asset
Excellent capability to identify weeds
Excellent knowledge on herbicide resistance in weeds
Excellent knowledge of mechanical and thermal weed control
Excellent knowledge of the life cycles of weeds regularly occurring in European cereals, rapeseed and maize
Strong understanding of traditional weed control systems and herbicide tolerance traits in major agronomic crops (such as cereals, maize, potato, rapeseed, sugar beet)
Strong working knowledge of herbicide products used in major agronomic crops
Experience with new technologies of precision agriculture for weed control (e.g. use of remote sensing data for weed mapping, use of drones for weed control, use of field robotic equipment for weed management)
Good knowledge of experimental designs and statistical data analysis
Basic understanding of the techniques and outputs of molecular biology
Experienced in publishing in international peer-reviewed journals
Interdisciplinary thinking and team spirit to successfully integrate into the multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary work environment at LIST
Documented experience with the software package ArcGIS will be considered as an asset
Well-developed oral and written communication skills to successfully interact with farmers and other stakeholders of the agricultural sector
The candidate should be highly motivated, pro-active and open for new challenges
Fluency in English and German (spoken and written) is mandatory
French is considered as an asset
Class B driving license