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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Soil and Crop Monitoring at Ghent University, Belgium

Updated: May 22

Hello Scholar Diggers! If you hold an MSc in Mechatronics Engineering, Agriculture Engineering, or mechanical Engineering and looking for a fully funded PhD scholarship, then this post is for you.

The Department of Environment at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium is inviting online applications for a 4-year PhD fellowship in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (Precision Scoring). Details below.


Project Description and tasks:

We are looking for an enthusiastic young engineer to complete a PhD degree under WHEATWATCHER EC funded project. The aim of the WHEATWATCHER is to develop and implement an integrated soil and crop monitoring system to assess soil nutrients status and chemical and biological stressors affecting and/or contaminating wheat grains from at-field growing stage to flour production in various regions across Europe, which will provide a management and decision tool for the farmers, mill owners and policy makers to guarantee quality and safe food production. Ghent University (UGent) is the coordination partner of the project, with Prof. Abdul Mouazen named as the project coordinator.


Academic and personal Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (preferably) in Mechatronics Engineering, Agriculture Engineering (not agronomy), or Biosystems Engineering.

  • Basic knowledge in sensing technologies and measurement systems.

  • Basic knowledge in machine learning, deep learning and/or data fusion and modelling tools, and eager to learn about more advanced modelling techniques

  • User of engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD, and/or C++

  • Working in interdisciplinary environments, good contextual understanding of agricultural systems and the ability to work in the field is desirable

  • The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.

  • Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems


How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Muhammad Qaswar ( and copy Prof. Abdul M. Mouazen ( by 26th May 2024, enclosing the following documents:

  • A cover letter outlining your academic interests, research experience and reasons for wishing to work on this project

  • Detailed CV and publication record

  • Two reference letters from academic workers

  • Your MSc degree or an interim document if you are still finishing your MSc

  • A verified transcript of your MSc and BSc degrees


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