PhD position on "Phenological monitoring to assess Environmental impacts on Swiss agriculture"

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Organisation: ETH Zürich

The Crop Science Group at the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) at ETH Zürich is looking for a new colleague for a doctorate/PhD to investigate environmental impacts on the phenology of crops. The intended start of the project is Q1 (Feb - April) 2021.

Project background

Several threats connected to climate change are decreasing the productivity of currently established crops. While we have a conceptual understanding of the interaction of climate and growing patterns, we are in most cases unable to provide quantitative estimates of how environmental parameters impact the magnitude of phenological shifts within the landscape. Currently, phenological observations are restricted to observations of individual plants at discrete locations or using satellites that cover large regions but have limited capability to observe small individual fields in fragmented landscapes, such as those in Switzerland.

Job description

The prime goal of your work will be to improve our understanding of plant-environment interaction under “real world conditions” in the context of agriculture. You will analyse data from different remote sensing sources (phenocams and satellites) to investigate these interactions in phenotyping trials as well as on landscape scale. This will also include field work to sample validation data. You are expected to communicate the outcomes in peer reviewed journals and international conferences. Moreover, your PhD will be embedded into an European community of researchers through the COST action SENSECO.