Minimize Post-doctoral Fellowship in Italy for 2 years: Development of algorithms for the management of precision fertilization in farms of the Umbria Region (Central Italy)

Date added: 09 July 2018

Organisation: University of Tuscia

Location: Viterbo, Italy

Application deadline: beginning of August 2018

Starting period: beginning of September 2018


The goal of the specific research that will be carried out by the candidate is the development and/or improvement of algorithms exploiting multi-temporal and multi-sensor satellite data assimilation into crop models, especially targeting nitrogen-related variables, in support of precision agriculture applications

Models and algorithms will be targeted to their inclusion into an operational web-based platform (Smartagri Platform), developed by a company involved in the project, for supporting the management of precision fertilization of farms of the Umbria Region, based on satellite remote sensing data, weather data, integration into crop and agrometeorological models, soil and crop management information.

Eligibility and desired competences

  • master level degree in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Agricultural Sciences or Geosciences or similar
  • Possibly PhD or MSc in topics related to the thematic area
  • interest in the use of satellite remote sensing data
  • good coding capacity preferably in Matlab and/or Python and/or IDL and/or R
  • fluency in English, willingness to learn some Italian
  • interest and motivation to learn something on agronomic modelling
  • interest and motivation to travel in Italy (best if driving licence / car)
  • adaptation capability, flexibility

Salary: € 23,786.64 /year

The interested applicants should get in touch as soon as possible with Prof. Raffaele Casa ( to arrange a preliminary informal interview (Skype) sending a CV and motivation letter.

If the interest is confirmed, a formal application should be submitted according to the call published in the University of Tuscia website. Detailed instructions on how to apply will be given directly to the perspective applicants after they get in touch.

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