Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution dedicated to research and innovation in Africa and aims to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields
The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research and innovation at the forefront of African development. A mechanism that enables it to consolidate Morocco’s frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boosting skills training relevant for the future of Africa.
Located in the municipality of Benguerir, in the very heart of the Green City, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.
UM6P - Vacancy for Engineer in Biology and Food Industry Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), AgroBioSciences (AgBS) Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement Program (PPCIP) UM6P - Vacancy for a position of Engineer in Biology and Food Industry Position Announcement - Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), AgroBioSciences program (AgBS), Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement Program (PPCIP) Job Title: Engineer in Biology and Food Industry Areas of research : Biology, Food Industry, Agronomy Job/Project description: We are seeking applications for a full-time Engineer in the field of plant biology, food industry and agronomy. The position is part of the Plant Physiology and Crop improvement program. The successful candidate is expected to participate in an interdisciplinary team and contribute in the development of research activities and setting up and running research infrastructures on plant physiology and breeding, plant nutrition and biofortification. Candidates should hold an M.Sc and/or engineer degree in the field of plant biology, agronomy, food industry, food quality, plant nutrition and biofortification or other related disciplines. Priority will be given to the candidates having research experience in African agricultural challenges and setting up research infrastructures. Good English communication skills, both verbal and written, are required. Employment terms: The successful candidate will be employed on a competitive salary by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) based in Benguerir, Morocco. The initial appointment will be for one year. At the end of this year, the appointed candidate will be able to apply for a permanent position at UM6P. Main responsibilities: The Engineer in Biology and Food Industry will be expected to: ? Contribute to the establishment of research infrastructure for nutritional quality and phenotyping platforms at UM6P ? Assume responsibilities for carrying out technical and scientific operations related to the laboratory work (food quality and crop physiology). ? Contribute in designing, planning and implementing research activities and experiments, data collection and research results analyses and interpretation ? Assist in conducting research experiments under open field and controlled conditions ? Assist in physiological screening, breeding activities including screening, evaluation and development of high nutritional value germplasm with high yield potential and resistance to relevant abiotic stresses. ? Produce technical reports, scientific reports and teaching material for capacity-building courses (when applicable). ? Assist in developing and implementing collaborative research with different partners and networks. ? Perform any other duties as required by the direct supervisor. Education, qualifications and experience ? M.Sc and/or Engineering degree in plant Biology, plant nutrition, food industry, agronomy or related scientific fields. ? Experienced in conducting experiment on food quality assessment and breeding for good/high nutritional value. ? Experienced in designing and conducting field trials and research experiments under controlled conditions. ? Working knowledge of popular computer programs and in-depth knowledge of statistical packages for data analyses. ? Aptitude for team work, problem solving and collaborative work ? Excellent English communication skills. ? Organizational dexterity and ability to prioritize and manage multiple goals ? Positive attitude in changing fast-paced environments Applications and selection procedure: Applications must be sent using a single electronic zipped folder with the mention of the job title in the mails subject. The folder must contain: ? Cover letter indicating the position applied for and the main research interests. ? Detailed CV. ? Contact information of 3 references (Applicants are assumed to have obtained their references’ consent to be contacted for this matter). Applications are to be submitted by July 27th, 2020 directly on the hiring platform, or by mail to the HR Business Partner on the following address : email@example.com Further inquiries should be addressed to Pr. Michel Ghanem (Michel.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pr. Moez Amri (email@example.com). About Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) : Located at the heart of the future Green City of Benguerir, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), a higher education institution with an international standard, is established to serve Morocco and the African continent. Its vision is honed around research and innovation at the service of education and development. This unique nascent university, with its state-of-the-art campus and infrastructure, has woven a sound academic and research network, and its recruitment process is seeking high quality academics and professionals in order to boost its quality-oriented research environment. OCP group (http://www.ocpgroup.ma/en/home), a world leader in fertilizer production plays a great role as a starter client for the University. In parallel, a new portfolio of client is growing in an open spirit, in parallel with the development of an R&D cluster around the university. UM6P is a very ambitious university, enjoying ample research funding, moderate teaching load, and excellent facilities. In its research approach, the UM6P promotes transdisciplinary, entrepreneurship spirit and collaboration with external institutions. Either international ones for developing up to date science and at continent level in order to address real challenges. All our programs run as start-ups and can be self-organized when they reach a critical mass. Thus, academic liberty is promoted as far as funding is developed by research teams. The research programs are integrated from long-term research to short-term applications in linkage with incubation and start-up ecosystems. UM6P offers highly competitive salaries at the international level. Our researchers get incentives through a participation to the intellectual property they develop. We invite you to visit UM6P virtually via the website : http://visite.um6p.ma/models.php About AgroBioSciences (AgBS) : The AgroBioSciences (AgBS) program is a component of the Science & Technology pole of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P). It constitutes a structure of higher education and practical-based research with a vision of solving real African agriculture challenges leveraging up to date science and technology. Oriented towards Africa, AgBS acts in connection with a wide network of universities and research centers around the continent in order to link real field issues with up to date science. AgBS is composed with four main units: • School of Agriculture (ESAFE) which is oriented towards graduate studies, in linkage with specific African agriculture scientific challenges. Its vision is to have a recognized reputation in Africa with a strong E-Learning Platform. The majority of the ESAFE students comes from abroad, all around the continent. The ESAFE target is to reach around 1.000 full-time students by 2024. • AgriBioTek Research Center leverages up to date technologies in the service of African agriculture challenges. It is a multidisciplinary research center with the ambition to conduct relevant and cutting-edge research with a positive impact on the African agriculture. It is based on the collaboration and synergy of several research programs targeting diverse disciplines of research in agriculture, such as : Microbiome, Omics, Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement, Plant Pathology, By-products Valorization, Soil Sciences, Agronomy and Sustainable Farming… • Center of Excellence for Soil and Fertilizer Research in Africa (CESFRA) aims to be a reference in Africa for soil analysis, soil mapping and fertilization recommendations. • African Innovation and Technology Transfer Center (AITTC) is a sustainable farming center that is aiming to develop a network of 14 operational experimental farms in Africa in collaboration with local institutions in order to address real field challenges. AgBS is linked to a wide network of development institutions that aim to improve agriculture in Africa. About the Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement Program (PPCIP) at UM6P: The Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement Program (PPCIP) within the AgroBioSciences (AgBS) develops research that is focused on plant nutrition, abiotic stresses resistance and biofortification in order to contribute in meeting food and nutritional security in Africa. Major research activities are (i) screening and development of high yielding germplasm and (ii) identification of resistance mechanisms to abiotic stresses and (iii) innovations in biofortification research of key food crops by using a range of fertilization, plant nutrition and cropping options all with food technology advancement.
Education, qualifications and experience ? M.Sc and/or Engineering degree in plant Biology, plant nutrition, food industry, agronomy or related scientific fields. ? Experienced in conducting experiment on food quality assessment and breeding for good/high nutritional value. ? Experienced in designing and conducting field trials and research experiments under controlled conditions. ? Working knowledge of popular computer programs and in-depth knowledge of statistical packages for data analyses. ? Aptitude for team work, problem solving and collaborative work ? Excellent English communication skills. ? Organizational dexterity and ability to prioritize and manage multiple goals ? Positive attitude in changing fast-paced environments