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Research Associate in Plant/Soil Interactions

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Sunday 10 February 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 28 February 2019
Reference:  A2548

Applications are invited for an EU-funded post-doctoral position within the SHui (Soil Hydrology research platform underpinning innovation to manage water scarcity in European and Chinese cropping systems) project. The work at Lancaster aims to determine whether different soil management techniques (within-row soil micro-engineering, organic amendments, cover crops, irrigation) affect soil erosion and runoff, soil / plant water availability and plant physiological responses to water deficit. Field work will measure crop water use, soil loss and agronomic responses (yield, quality) of row crops (eg. maize, potato) and cereals during a 3 year crop rotation. Glasshouse / controlled environment experiments will investigate the physiological mechanisms by which these crops regulate their water status under different soil management conditions. 

he project is part of a large international consortium funded through the EU’s H2020 programme (SHui:, and led by Dr Jose Gomez of CSIC-Cordoba, Spain. 

You t will join collaborative research at Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), led by Professors Ian Dodd and John Quinton. Further details of their research can be found on:

You will work closely with the 18 other project partners distributed between the EU (10) and China (8). Whole consortium project meetings will occur in each continent in each year of the project. Local project meetings will engage with stakeholders (especially farmers) in the Eden River Valley, where the field sites are located.  

The position is available to scientists with a PhD in plant / soil sciences, ideally with experience of working in both field and laboratory environments. Preference will be given to those with experience of working in large multi-national consortial projects. 

LEC is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.

The position is effective from the 1st March 2019 and is available for 3.5 years. Informal enquiries to Professor Ian Dodd (email: or Telephone  +44 1524 593809). 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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