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Thursday, April 1, 2010

PhD position for Indonesian candidates at Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Ph.D. POSITION, Plant Production Systems in "JARAK: the commoditization of an
alternative biofuel crop in Indonesia" at the Plant Production Systems Group and
Agrosystems Research Department of Plant Research International, part of
Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands in cooperation with
the Research Center for Natural Resources and Biotechnology (IPB), Bogor
Agricultural University, Indonesia.

Title PhD Project:
Growth, development and production of Jatropha curcas in Indonesia.


Although heavily promoted for its many advantageous properties, there is little
scientifically-sound information available on the growth, development and
production of the Jatropha curcas under different environmental circumstances
and in different production systems. As it is essentially a wild species lacking
clearly distinguished varieties, the use of different jatropha accessions gives
a wide variety of growth and development patterns, leading to unpredictable
growth and yields, and sometimes unwanted situations. This is caused by the
complex interactions between Genotype (G) x Environment (E) x Management (M),
which must be unraveled to fully understand the production potentials in order
to understand the true value and applicability of jatropha in different
production systems. The different environmental and socio-economic settings
determine the (design of) optimal production systems for jatropha, and govern
the efficiency of resource use
(radiation, water, soil fertility). The aims of this PhD research are the
acquirement of those plant parameters that describe growth and development
patterns of jatropha production systems in Indonesia and to optimize seed yield
per unit of land and/or unit of labour in specific production systems.

Starting date: ASAP after recruitment latest 1st August 2010.

This is a PhD position in the program "JARAK: the commoditization of an
alternative biofuel crop in Indonesia". The program comprises research on
policy, legislation, technical crop qualities and production possibilities, and
socio-economic impact of Jatropha cultivation in Indonesia and is part of a
broader research program funded by NWO and KNAW on “Agriculture beyond
Food”. The program includes 6 projects carried out by four PhD researchers and
two Post-Doc researchers from Indonesia and the Netherlands. JARAK is an
interdisciplinary research program of 5 Dutch academic institutes with their
Indonesian partner institutes. Three other PhD researchers in the JARAK program
are based at Leiden University (Van Vollenhoven Institute, Law Faculty, and the
Institute of Cultural Anthropology , Social Science Faculty) and at Universitas
Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.
• To engage in supervised scientific research that will ultimately result in a
doctoral thesis;
• To carry out a systematic literature analysis related to the relevant PhD;
• To conduct field research in Indonesia;
• To prepare and submit research output for publication in peer-reviewed
international scientific journals;
• To participate in the C.T. de Wit Graduate school in Wageningen.

• Master degree in plant sciences, with demonstrated interest in statistics,
• Excellent writing and presentation skills in English (minimal score see
• Demonstrated research experience
• Ability and willingness to carry out field research for extended periods in
• Willingness to stay in the Netherlands for desk study and writing.
• Openness towards interdisciplinary research methods and approaches;
• Ability to work in a team.
• Full time availability for four years because the thesis should be finished
and defended at the end of the cluster period December 2014.
• Indonesian nationality

The successful applicant will be awarded a research fellowship under NUFFIC
conditions for 4 years, with continuation dependent upon an evaluation after 12
months The fellowship consists of a 6 month period in Wageningen at the start of
the project, followed by an extended period of field work and a final period to
write papers and submit the thesis in Wageningen. Details of the stipend and
terms of the fellowship can be obtained on demand.

Application and Selection procedure
Applicants should submit an application by April 20th 2010. Applications should
be sent to jarakphd3@... addressed to Dr Maja Slingerland and Dr Sony
Suharsono with the subject: “Application JARAK PhD position Indonesia”.
Three selected candidates will be invited for interviews in April 2010. Final
selection first week of May. Starting in the Netherlands: August 1st 2010.
In order to apply, the applicant must submit the following:
• An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
• the MA thesis or other major writing sample;
• an academic transcript;
• name and contact details of two referees;
• a short research proposal of up to three pages, including a letter of

Further information
More information on the the JARAK program can be obtained from Dr. Jacqueline
Vel: J.A.C.Vel@... . More information about this specific PhD
project can be obtained by maja.slingerland@... or
sony.suharsono@... .

Scores needed to prove Excellent English writing and presentation skills:
IELTS: 6.5 , with a minimum of 6.0 for each (academic) module.
TOEFL: 580 points for the written TOEFL, 237 points for the computer based TOEFL
and 92-93 points for the Internet based TOEFL. All are to be supplemented by
results of the Test of Written English (academic TWE). The minimum score
required for this test is 5.0
Submitted test results must be dated within 24 months prior to an application to
the PhD Programme.
More information PhD trajectories at Wageningen University:

The way to AMINEF in Gedung Balai Pustaka

American Indonesian Exchange Foundation
Balai Pustaka Building, 6th. Floor
Jl. Gunung Sahari Raya No. 4
Jakarta 10720, Indonesia

1. The buses which goes to Senen Bus Station all of them pass through Gedung Balai Pustaka. Especially which route is through Pasar Baru .

2. Bus Transjakarta, from Blok M you have to change the bus 2-3 times.
Way 1 : from Blok M change the bus in Dukuh Atas bus stop to the bus towards Pulogadung, then take a bus in Pramuka bus stop towards Ancol, this bus pass through Gedung Balai Pustaka. The closest bus stop (Budi Utomo) is about 800 meters from Gedung Balai .
Way 2 : From Blok M take the bus in the Harmoni Bus Stop, the bus towards Pulogadung, get down in Senen Bus Stop and walk about 800 meters, or from this bus stop take the bus towards Ancol and get down as mentioned in way 1. About the distance, this two bus stops is about the same. (It is better if you take ojek or bajaj from this bus stop to Gedung Balai Pustaka)

3. If you take taxi with old tariff (TL=Tarif Lama) from blok M with no traffic jam is about Rp. 30.000,00.

4. From Blok M use bus Patas AC 76. Gedung Balai Pustaka is in the right side, after you pass through Depag, and say to conductor "Balai Pustaka"

5. Use a busway from Blok M towards Kota, get down in Sawah Besar bus stop. From here take a Mikrolet M12 towards Senen. After cross road Wahidin and before senen get down and cross the street.

Living Cost in Germany

Living Cost in Germany is vary from city to city, but this is th case if you stay in Aachen, Germany
Student accommodation or private sharing : 180 - 230 euros per month
Food : 10 - 12 euros per day (if eating outside)
Transport for students : free within Aachen and until Koln and Dusseldorf in regional trains)

Living Cost In Austria

Living Cost in Austria is depending on the city, for example the Capital of Austria, Vienna:
- Dormitory is about 250-400 euro per month.
- Living Cost 200-400 euro per month.
- Transportation 128 euro per 4 months (student and age < 26), or 49 euro per month (ordinary)

For visa, it has to be a letter from the University/Scholl in Austria. It takes about 2-3 months.

Where to do GMAT Test

GMAT Tests are held in Jakarta, Indonesia :
1. EEC Slipi +62-21 5320044 or +62-215323176
2. Kaplan GMAT Preparation +62-81388908450, +62-21 5211588, +62-215211701 (Information abaout this test can be asked in that number)
3. Or this number +62-213159225

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