Chair of Agricultural Technology Innovation

Newport, Shropshire (GB)
18 Oct 2019
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18 Nov 2019

Chair of Agricultural Technology Innovation

Salary: Up to £90k
Dependent upon experience and qualifications.  May be negotiable for an exceptional candidate 

Location: Newport, Shropshire 
Harper Adams University and Agri-EPI Centre Limited seek to make a senior appointment to develop a programme of research and teaching in the area of Agricultural Technologies (Agri-Tech), precision farming and agri-robotics. The aim of this position, which will span both organisations, would be to work with industry and global academics to develop concepts and new technologies suitable for 21st Century agriculture and horticulture. Both the University and Agri-EPI Centre have close connections with the farming sector and many other businesses, large and small, across the agri-food chain. 

The role will involve undertaking research and teaching to support the development of research in Agri-Tech, precision farming and agri-robotics for the benefit of UK and global agriculture.  The role holder will be responsible for the development of a research and knowledge exchange programme in any area of Agri-Tech, precision farming or agri-robotics. This will be achieved by securing research income, supervision of research students and through collaboration with the community at Harper Adams University, Agri-EPI Centre, other higher education institutions and appropriate external organisations.  The role holder will build relationships with and provide academic support for the wider Agri-EPI Centre academic and industry interdisciplinary community, as well as publishing research outputs in appropriate journals and presenting work at national and international meetings and conferences. 

The role will also involve delivering lectures, tutorials, seminars and other classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as supervising undergraduate students undertaking research projects and dissertations. 

Applicants should possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline and have an established international profile relevant to one or more of the areas of agri-tech, precision farming, automation or robotics.  You should also be able to demonstrate an extensive publication record and experience of raising research grant income.  Applicants will need to show how they have a proven ability to make a clear contribution to the international research profile of the University, as well as evidence of collaborative cross-disciplinary working within academia and particularly with industry.  You should have the ability to design and deliver modules and/or programmes and successfully undertake graduate supervision.   

Further details for this role are available in the prospectus at

Applications are invited via our online application process

Closing Date for Applications: Midnight on Monday 18th November 2019    

Interview Date: Tuesday 10th December 2019