ATSAF-Job-News 27-2004

November 29, 2004.  


Michigan State Univ.:2 Postdoctoral Positions, Research Associates, Food Safety

Policy Center


The Institute for Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics of Hohenheim

University offers a

PhD Position (0.5 Bat IIa)


FARA: Coordinator for the Sub Saharan Africa Challenge Program


1. Michigan State Univ.:2 Postdoctoral Positions, Research Associates, Food Safety

Policy Center


Posting Date: October, 2004


Posting Number: CVM-445, CVM-446


2 visiting research associate positions, Fixed Term, Renewable on annual basis, 100%

time. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications


DUTIES: Food Safety Policy. The post-doctoral positions will play an important role in

developing inter-disciplinary research in food safety policy at the newly established

Food Safety Policy Center at Michigan State University. The associates will be part of

one or more of the Center's many multi-disciplinary programs integrating microbiology,

toxicology, food and nutrition sciences, social

sciences, and food laws and regulations that relate to the development of food safety

policy. The post-doctoral associates will assist the principal investigators in carrying out

the work associated with the initiation and establishment of the Food Safety Policy

Center at the state, national and international levels. The associates will provide

guidance and assistance to the on going set of studies and will be involved in analysis

and writing about food safety from a policy perspective.


QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. The FSPC under the National Food Safety and Toxicology

Center (http://www.foodsafe.msu>http://www.foodsafe.msu ) seeks candidates with

backgrounds in any of the biophysical sciences, health sciences, or social sciences

related to food safety, who will focus on the relationships between and among food

security, food technology, food laws and regulations, and food science as they relate to

food safety and policy. Candidates must be oriented towards examining the linkages

among the biological, medical, economic, political and social dimensions of food safety

policy. Candidates with knowledge of how these issues affect the policy-making

processes within the U.S. and at international levels are particularly welcome. Interest

in how food safety policy could

apply to Michigan is also welcome. All candidates should possess a broad public policy

perspective in one or more areas of risk analysis, food bio-security/terrorism, food

safety science policy, emerging technologies for food production as they relate to food

safety, and food laws and regulation. For more information, please look at FSPC

program and goals




APPLICATIONS: Due December 15, 2004. Position to begin as soon as possible after

hiring. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide

documentation evidencing employment authorization in the United States. Send a

statement, addressing how your research and teaching interests would contribute to

the building of inter-disciplinary research and dissemination programs relating to food

safety policy development.Supporting materials should include a vita, transcript, and a

sample of scholarship (e.g. dissertation chapter, journal article, conference paper), and

should be sent to:

Food Safety Policy Center

165 National Food Safety and Toxicology Center Michigan State

University East Lansing Michigan 48824-1302


Questions about this position may be directed to:


Ewen Todd, Director, National Food Safety and Toxicology Center at Michigan State

University, via email. Applications may be submitted electronically to Dr. Todd

(<> ).


craig k harris

department of sociology

michigan agricultural experiment station

national food safety and toxicology center

institute for food and agricultural standards

michigan state university


Source: Richard P. Haynes, Editor-in-chief "Agriculture and Human Values"

PO Box 118545, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-118545




The Institute for Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics of Hohenheim

University offers a

PhD Position (0.5 Bat IIa)

in the framework of its DFG funded research project SFB 564 "Sustainable Land Use

and Rural Development in Mountainous Regions of Southeast Asia/The Uplands

Program". The position will start in January 2005 and will be free for a duration of 1.5

years. Provided a continuation of the SFB 564 for a 3rd phase, the position can be

extended for another 1.5 years. The position can be filled directly.

The candidate will work within the sub-project "Efficiency of smallholder animal

husbandry depending on intensity of management and genetic potential of livestock in

mountainous regions of Northern Vietnam: Development of community driven breeding

programs using genotypes with high productive adaptability". The research work will be

conducted in the uplands of NW Vietnam together with smallholder livestock keepers

in the frame of an established research cooperation with the National Institute of

Animal Husbandry Hanoi and the Sub-Department of Animal Health Son La province .

The position will thus be based in Germany and Vietnam. After an adjustment phase in

Germany, the candidate will spend about 9 months in the project area.

Background and aim of the project During the first project phase (7/2000 to 6/2003), a

comprehensive analysis of smallholder livestock production systems in the project

area was carried out focusing on pig production and covering a gradient in terms of

distance to town, altitude, and pig production intensity. Results suggested a possible

improvement of smallholder pig production through village breeding programs. In a

second phase (7/2003 to 6/2006), On-farm Performance Testing Schemes OPTS for

pigs were established in order to determine productive adaptability and resource use

efficiency of different genotypes under field conditions potentially to be integrated into

the village breeding programs. OPTS have become a tool for regular herd monitoring

by farmers, and provide the basis for the breeding program.

In order to rank different pig production systems regarding their factor use efficiency,

pigs' performances will be aggregated into herd productivity indices using bio-

economic herd models. Efficient systems will be identified and production strategies to

increase efficiency of other systems will be derived. An assessment of the policy and

market environment together with the socio-cultural compatibility of proposed

improvement options will be determined in order to assess adoption chances by local

farmers. The successful candidate will optimise the bio-economic herd model. In

addition, the candidate will optimise the breeding program, integrating local pig

populations into a crossbreeding design.


Qualification of the candidate

The successful candidate

- holds a M.Sc. degree (or M.Sc. equivalent) in agriculture or a related discipline,

- has a strong background in animal breeding and biometrics, modelling experience in

regard to breeding programs and bio-economic evaluation would be an asset,

- is fluent in spoken and written English (knowledge of Vietnamese would be an asset),

- is familiar with fieldwork in tropical countries,

- has the capability to work in a mutual dialogue and on equal terms with farmers,

- has the capability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment,

- has the capability to work for a longer period in a harsh environment (uplands of

North Vietnam).


Interested candidates should send a letter of application, CV, copies of university

certificates (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), English language proficiency proof, and, if available,

copies of references about previous occupations and a list of publications to:

Prof. Dr. Anne Valle Zárate

Institute for Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics (480a)

Universität Hohenheim

70593 Stuttgart


Electronic applications should be sent to: (Mrs. Ute Lemke) (secretary Mrs. Keller)


Applications will be evaluated continuously. The position announcement will be open

until a suitable candidate is identified.


Information is available on the websites of the University (, the

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences ( and the

research program "The Uplands Program" (

For further information please contact Mrs. Ute Lemke (




FARA is the apex organization for agricultural research for development in Africa. Its

primary functions are advocacy and constituency building, advancing information and

knowledge sharing and promoting partnerships for African agricultural research for

development. FARA's major stakeholders are the sub regional organizations (SROs),

the national agricultural research systems, the international agricultural research

centres, advanced research institutes, investors and policy makers. FARA is the

technical arm of NEPAD for the research components of its Comprehensive Africa

Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). FARA became operational in July

2002 when its secretariat was established in Accra, Ghana.


FARA is seeking to employ a Coordinator for the Sub Saharan Africa Challenge

Program (SSA CP) who will be responsible to the Executive Secretary. The overall

responsibility of the Coordinator is the successful implementation of the SSA CP

following the IAR4D principles. He/She should be able to maintain the SSA CP

program governance and management with effective use of resources and yet,

facilitate the participation of many different stakeholders and support implementation of

difficult institutional changes. He/She should be able to liaise with the SROs who in

turn will be resourced and relied upon to oversee and support the Pilot Learning Team

in their respective regions. The Programme Coordinator is responsible for the

facilitation and mentoring service and providing cross-team linkages for sharing

experiences through methodology analysis and dissemination and information and

knowledge management.


The Program Coordinator will;

- Manage the Programme Coordination Unit;

-·Report and account to the Programme Steering Committee;

-·Report to the SROs;

-·Administratively report and account to FARA's Executive Secretary;

-·Comply with FARA's and investors' financial and performance audit requirements;

-·Report and account to investors through the Programme Steering Committee; and

-·Coordinate the Programme wide activities and support to the Pilot Learning Teams.


The Programme Coordination Unit will have a small permanent staff that will enable it

to function efficiently at any level of funding without becoming an excessive burden.



- PhD or equivalent degree in agriculture or related subject

- Citizenship of an African country and experience in more than one region of Africa.

- At least 7 years experience with an outstanding record of achievement in scientific

research management, preferably experience with integrated natural resource

management at the same time knows how to handle donor relations.

- An ability to work in English, but with oral and written fluency in either English or


- Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

- An ability to make presentations and write well under pressure and a commitment to

meeting deadlines.



FARA offers competitive international terms of employment and is an equal opportunity

employer and encourages applications from women.


Please send (preferably via e-mail) comprehensive curriculum vitae and names of

three referees to:

Dr. Monty Jones, Executive Secretary, FARA, PMB CT 173, Accra, Ghana

Fax: +233 21 773676; Email:

Applications are accepted until 30 January 2005 or until a suitable candidate is

identified. More details are available at


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