Postdoctoral Researcher In Livestock Systems
Job reference: SRF36236
Location: Whiteknights Reading UK
Closing date: 15/08/2021
Job live date: 12/07/2021
Salary: £30,942 – £36,914per annum
Employment type: AR-Research
Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development
Division: Not specified
Hours per week: 35
Employment Basis/Type: Full time; fixed term
You must have
A PhD in a discipline related to the project, or equivalent experience
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to interact with researchers, policy-makers, industrial partners and stakeholders
Proven experience in some of the following methods: quantitative modelling; in-depth interviewing; policy analysis; focus group design and implementation; participatory research
Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations
You will be responsible for carrying out research in and modelling of innovations and livestock transition scenarios, and the development of a Policy and Innovation Evaluation Framework for the livestock sector in Europe. This will involve collaborating with several world-leading research and innovation organisations in the field of food systems research, such as the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Wageningen Research, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to spend a short period (approximately 1 month) working at Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland to develop a working knowledge of a state of-the-art Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) model.
Across this exciting portfolio of activities, the postholder will contribute to both quantitative and qualitative data curation and analyses, prepare findings for publications or other outputs, assist with future grant applications, as well as liaise with participants and organisations across the agri-food sector in Europe.
In addition, the postholder will contribute to teaching activities within the BSc Agricultural Business Management, BSc Agriculture and BSc Food Business Marketing and Economics and Masters level courses in Agricultural Economics and Food Economics and Marketing. There will also be opportunities to contribute to public engagement activities, such as on-farm demonstrations for industry visitors.
This post is particularly suited for researchers who have strong analysis and organisational skills, and a career ambition to develop a profile in applied food systems research. We are particularly seeking to recruit an individual who shares our values of integrating farmers supply chain actors, NGOs, policymakers, and citizens within the research process to target-real life needs, problems, and opportunities.