CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Crop Modelling

Location
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Salary
£30,000 per annum (Research Assistant) or £32,656 per annum (Research Fellow)
Posted
08 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2018
Ref
2814
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

We are looking for a Researcher with a PhD (or near completion) focused on grassland or crop management and/or the application of agricultural computer models, and proven experience of the development and use of computer crop models. You will have the ability to translate and validate an existing grass computer model into different modelling environments and be able to work with farmer and student groups to co-develop teaching and decision support tools. You must have knowledge of current grassland management systems in the UK and an understanding of how grass responds to environmental variables such as temperature, drought, and daylength. The post will require travel within the UK. 

Organisation Cranfield University

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

Contract type Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period 18 months

Salary £30,000 per annum (Research Assistant) or £32,656 per annum (Research Fellow)

Interview date: 30/10/2018

Apply by 15/10/2018

Role Description

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career. Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Grassland is the dominant land use in the UK and the grassland livestock sector is the largest in UK agriculture. Recent drought has demonstrated the importance of grass growth in determining the efficiency and profitability of the UK livestock sector. This post, supported by NERC and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC), has been created to allow the translation of a recently validated "Rothamsted grass computer model" into training and farm decision support tools. To do this, you will work with researchers from Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research, SRUC in Scotland, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Gloucestershire.

We are looking for a Researcher with a PhD (or near completion) focused on grassland or crop management and/or the application of agricultural computer models, and proven experience of the development and use of computer crop models. You will have the ability to translate and validate an existing grass computer model into different modelling environments and be able to work with farmer and student groups to co-develop teaching and decision support tools. You must have knowledge of current grassland management systems in the UK and an understanding of how grass responds to environmental variables such as temperature, drought, and daylength. The post will require travel within the UK. 

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads Cranfield’s Mission within the themes of water, energy and power, and environment and agrifood, and it is making long-term investments in world class staff and facilities. Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute leads internationally recognised research related to crops, soils, and post-harvest technology. We have developed a range of bio-economic models describing forestry, agroforestry, and arable systems, and this post will extend that expertise to grassland systems.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Paul Burgess, Reader on (T); +44 (0)1234 754291 or (E); P.Burgess@cranfield.ac.uk

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.