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Funded Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM): Tomato production in aquaponic systems – nutrient mass balance of different fertilization regimes

Published by , 22/3/2015

We are looking for PhD and/or postdoctoral researchers who are motivated, committed to innovative research and who are interested in conducting an in-depth experiment focusing on managing nutrient levels in aquaponics. This research will also investigate closing the nutrient loop by reusing fish sludge. The work will furthermore involve microbiological profiling and the detection of root and plant diseases that may occur in the systems.

We are looking to award one or two grants to PhD students or early career postdoctoral researchers (less than 8 years since the award of the PhD) to undertake a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) for eight weeks in the period of April to June 2015 in order to conduct the experimental work outlined above. Applicants should have good lab skills, and knowledge of microbiological methods would be very desirable. The researchers will work together with our Aquaponics team, consisting of fish, plant, and microbiology experts. The results of the work will be published.

The researchers will be hosted by the Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW), Waedenswil, Switzerland. A fixed grant of € 2500 (plus € 500 from ZHAW to cover for high costs of living in Switzerland) will be awarded to each researcher as a contribution towards the cost of travel, board and lodging. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2015.

Further details: Nutrient mass balance STSM