Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Modelling African Rice Soils

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum - Research Assistant or £33,309 per annum - Research Fellow
Nov 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 17, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period For 2 years
Salary £30,600 per annum - Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or £33,309 per annum - Research Fellow (if PhD obtained)
Apply by 17/12/2019

Role Description

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained)

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university and a global leader in applied and translational research in science and technology. The Soil and Agrifood Institute is internationally-recognised with some of the best plant and soil research facilities in Europe.

This post will contribute to two projects under Professor Guy Kirk: ‘Mechanisms and genetics of iron toxicity tolerance in African rice’ (funded by BBSRC with partners at AfricaRice and the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar) and ‘Novel fertilizer formulations for African agriculture exploiting plant-soil interactions’ (funded by ORC Group with partners at UM6P Morocco and Rothamsted Research).

We are looking for an environmental modeller interested in understanding soil constraints to agricultural systems in low and middle income countries, and technologies for sustainable crop improvement. You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) inenvironmental modelling. You will have experience with geospatial and mechanistic modelling techniques and environmental data science, as well as a high level analytical capability and a publication record commensurate with your career stage.

The post will include short periods of travel to work with project partners in Africa.

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof Guy Kirk, Professor of Soil Systems on +44 (0)1234 758068 or

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.  Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do.

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