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Reference : FR2488-MARDOU-001
Workplace : BOUGUENAIS
Date of publication : Monday, January 28, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2555.39€ and 2948.92€ gross monthly
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The agent will be in charge of the development and the test of an in-situ system for the depollution of urban gardens soils.
- Experiment associated vegetables cultures and phytoextraction
- Assess phytoextraction efficacy and the accumulation of pollutants in vegetables
- Participative experiment involving gardeners in order to collect data (vegetables production, energy consumption etc)
The candidate will have solid research experience in the fields of soil science, agronomy, microbiology, plant biology, biogeochemistry. This experience may have been acquired as part of a doctoral work.
Ability to develop and apply new experimental protocols
Laboratory work: mastery of analytical methods and techniques for soil, microbiology and plants
Other general / complementary knowledge:
Taste for the field work
Teamwork and interpersonal skills
Fluency in English, spoken and writte
The Research Institute for Sciences and Techniques in Cities (IRSTV, FR CNRS 2488) is a research federation. This federation gathers researchers from some twenty laboratories from different institute of la Région Pays-de-Loire, like Nantes University and IFSTTAR.
IRSTV activities deal with urban environments and sustainable urban development. Several topics are developed like urban soils. In these topics, the research deals with to improve the characterisation of the anthropic activities impacts on physico-chemical and biological properties of the urban soils in order to suggest methods for soil protection and rehabilitation.
IRSTV contribute to the project FEW-meter – an integrative model to measure and improve urban agriculture, shifting it towards circular urban metabolism (financial support: SUGI Food Water Energy Nexus - cooperation between JPI Urban Europe and Belmont Forum). IRSTV will analyse with 12 partners from Poland, Great Britain, Germany, United States and France the interaction of food production, energy and water consumption in the context of globally growing urban agriculture.
The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive system that will allow to measure the contribution of urban agriculture to urban metabolism. This involves measuring production efficiency (i.e. produce grown per input of energy, water, and other key resources, and in relation to surface area); expanding knowledge about possible health risks due to soil contamination and opportunities for enhanced resource use (e.g. more efficient use of organic waste); and using this system to ascertain and identify approaches to advance the performance of diverse types of urban agriculture.
The project team, which comprises research institutions and practice partners, will work in close partnership with urban farmers and gardeners to develop the Few-meter, a tool that will allow collecting data on urban agriculture practices and providing feedback to practitioners.
A digital platform will be created and an on-line community of farmers will be formed, enabling the gathering of data and the exchange of knowledge. Data will be collected from around 45 case studies in five cities (Dortmund, Gorzow, London, Nantes, and New York), in community gardens, allotment gardens and micro-farms. A soil remediation will also be developed within a case study in an allotment garden in France.
Constraints and risks
Possible travel abroad as part of a consortium meeting.
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