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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate: Environmental, social and economic impacts of future crops (2 positions)

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £27,831 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Sunday 08 September 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 20 September 2019
Reference:  A2776

We are seeking two enthusiastic post-doctoral researchers to help us explore the future of crops and food as part of an interdisciplinary research team working together on the EU H2020 funded project CropBooster-P - Preparatory action to Boost Global Crop Yield for Food & Nutrition Security and fueling a Bioeconomy

The aim of this research is to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of a number of emerging scientific and technical options for improving crop plants to achieve better yields, nutrition and sustainability. You will undertake literature synthesis and meta-analyses, and engage with experts across the food system to bring together our current state of knowledge on these future-proofing crop options, and help build a roadmap for future research. 

  • Post A will focus on farm-level impacts, and involve engaging with farmers, regulators and policy makers, NGOs, and agri-businesses across the EU. 

  • Post B will focus on impacts across the agri-food/bioeconomy value chain, and involve engaging with mainly business stakeholders. 

Both researchers will work together to design and align methodologies, and you will also work closely with other researchers and task leaders in the project. Please make it clear which post you wish to apply for in your cover letter.

Lancaster University is in the top 10 UK Universities. You will be a part of Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), which is the largest and most interdisciplinary department of the University; and the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, which spans LEC and Lancaster University Management School, bringing together the business and scientific expertise needed to co-develop sustainable solutions with business leaders. You will work alongside a broad range of academic and research staff, and postgraduate students with expertise in plant and crop sciences, agricultural production, environmental sciences and sustainable supply chains. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis and we welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Candidates will have a PhD (or near completion) in a relevant area. For post A this may be crop or environmental sciences, or agricultural extension for example, and for post B relevant areas include sustainable supply chains, social sciences or organisation studies. Experience in conducting literature synthesis or impact analysis is highly desirable, but we will consider applicants that are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge necessary to achieve these. Likewise, experience of designing and organising stakeholder events and collation of data from expert workshops is highly desirable, but we will also consider applications where the required skills can be demonstrated. A proactive and enthusiastic approach, and good communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of the research. Excellent organisation skills are required to meet the goals of the project.

These posts are full time, fixed term until February 2021.

For more information, please contact Dr Jess Davies: jess.davies@lancaster.ac.uk

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.


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