Navigation und Service

Coordinator position in ECOFE networking

02.10.2018 - Flanders Research Institute, Merelbeke, Belgium

The Flanders Research Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) in Merelbeke offers a one-year full-time contract as a coordinator of the European Consortium for Open Field Experimentation (ECOFE).

With ECOFE (European Consortium for Open Field Experimentation;, we propose to adopt an interdisciplinary approach suited to 21st century crop science by promoting collaboration and networking among research institutes for agricultural field experimentation across Europe. This will provide European scientists with the only opportunity in the world to systematically address fundamental challenges such as climate change and the biological limits to crop productivity across a wide range of environments.

The ECOFE consortium currently stretches from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean region, and from Ireland to the eastern border of the EU. Renowned research institutions from Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are already involved. ECOFE partners are currently running two multi-location field trials involving winter wheat and maize as a means to establish and test common methodologies and standardized protocols. In parallel, funding opportunities are investigated at national and international level.

To consolidate the ECOFE network and explore possibilities for funding in an efficient way, we are searching for a “project developer” for a period of one year, with possibilities for extension if funding is available.

Job description

  • Strengthen the ECOFE network (i.e. coordination of contacts among partners, identification of complementarities), including the development of methodological standards and the definition of principles for data policy and sharing.
  • Facilitate the data acquisition and processing for currently running multi-location field trials for winter wheat and maize, in coordination with the partners involved.
  • Synthesize findings of the research carried out by the ECOFE consortium, develop and distribute these documents among relevant stakeholders.
  • Undertake activities to increase the visibility of ECOFE (i.e. update the website, social media accounts, represent ECOFE at conferences…)
  • Explore funding opportunities and, when relevant, coordinate the preparation of project proposals.
  • Communicate with stakeholders at policy and scientific level on the ECOFE concept and its relevance.


  • You have a PhD degree and relevant experience in plant sciences, with knowledge of field experimentation, plant phenotyping and breeding.
  • You have excellent communication and organization skills and are able to act as intermediary to facilitate the collaboration among research groups.
  • You are well networked in the plant sciences community and can bring messages across to different stakeholders, at the scientific and the policy levels.
  • You have experience in participating/coordinating international research projects and know the principles of EU funding schemes and research programs.

Practical arrangements

  • One-year contract at Flanders Research Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) in Merelbeke, Belgium.
  • Given the international character of this appointment, your work will be supervised and guided by Prof. Isabel Roldán-Ruiz (ILVO, Belgium), Prof. Dirk Inzé (VIB and Ghent University, Belgium) and Prof. Hartmut Stuetzel (Uni-Hannover).

Benefits and salary

  • EV-ILVO offers you a full-time contract as a scientific worker (A165, unmarried, no dependents) of € 2.484,67 gross/month.
  • Additional benefits include 35 days of paid vacation, free hospitalization insurance, meal checks, and compensation for commuting with public transport or bike


You can send your curriculum vitae and motivation letter per e-mail, together with a copy of your study records before 18th of October 2018 to the following address:
Dr. ir. Kristiaan Van Laecke, head of department ILVO - Plant Sciences unit,

If you need more information on the content and context of this job, please contact:
Prof. Isabel Roldán-Ruiz, scientific director
ILVO – Plant Sciences Unit
Caritasstraat 39, 9090 Melle
T 09 272 28 82