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Research Associate in Plant-Soil Interactions in Grasslands

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Wednesday 03 March 2021
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  A3295

Applications are invited for a UKRI-funded post-doctoral position, tenable for one year, to investigate how land degradation affects soil physical, chemical and biological properties key to soil health and multifunctionality. This research is part of the large-multidisciplinary project Restoring Degraded African Landscapes (ReDEAL), led by Professor Mariana Rufino and is funded under the theme of Agri-Systems Research to Enhance Livelihoods in Developing Countries, part of the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The research study is largely lab-based and will involve a variety of soil analysis and interpretation of the impacts of land degradation on soil processes that underpin the grasslands and ultimately livestock productivity. Pending the lifting of restrictions on travel, there will be opportunities to conduct field measurements in situ in Kenya. 

You will join a research team, led by Professor Rufino, studying aspects of productivity and resilience of agricultural systems, and will work closely with Professor John Quinton and Professor Richard Bardgett at The University of Manchester, and researchers from The International Livestock Research Institute and the University of Kabianga in KenyaThe position is available to scientists with a PhD in Soil science or Biological sciences and preference will be given to those with experience in field and laboratory studies of plant-soil interactions, carbon and nutrient cycling and the connections to land degradation processes.  

We are 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. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 12 months. 

The position is effective from the 1st April 2021. 

Informal enquiries to Professor Mariana Rufino (email:  or Telephone 01524 592819).  

Interviews will be held week commencing 8 March 2021.

Further details of Professor Rufino’s research can be found on  

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