Research Fellow in Dairy Systems Sustainability

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a
09 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Do you want to be part of a project aiming to improve the sustainability of the UK dairy sector?

The UK has the tenth largest dairy sector in the world, producing 14 percent of the EU's milk and representing over two percent of global milk production. The UK has had low prices for milk over a period of 20 years leading to the UK dairy farmers suffering from low and sometimes negative profit margins, worsened by high input costs, competition between retailers, global oversupply and, since 2014, Russian dairy import bans. The prospects of unequal competition from EU farmers post-Brexit, recent weather variability and the drop in milk demand during the Covid-19 pandemic all add to the uncertainty facing UK dairy sector.

Dairy production depends on the natural environment but, if poorly managed, dairy production can erode the natural capital upon which it depends, for example by polluting rivers. However, effective management of soils in dairy grasslands has the potential to boost carbon sequestration, helping to mitigate the risks of climate change.

Within the overall research activities of the Resilient Dairy Landscapes project, funded under the Global Food Security (GFS) programme, the University of Leeds is collaborating with Frist Milk and Nestle UK to better understand how dairy farmers may increase soil organic carbon, and decrease nutrients loss into air and water. The Resilient Dairy Landscape project consortium also includes Newcastle University, University of Liverpool and 3Keel.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral researcher with a background in agriculture systems and data analysis to join the Resilient Dairy Landscapes team in the University of Leeds and contribute to the development of statistical models and recommendations to farmers based on large number of soil samples and management history data collected by our industrial partners.

You should have a PhD (or be very close to obtaining a PhD) in Agricultural Science, Geography, Ecology, Mathematics/Statistics, Physics – or a related discipline with a significant component of data analysis – and be able to demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and expertise in statistical modelling.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Prof. Guy Ziv,

Chair in Socio-Environmental Systems

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7994, email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: School of Geography
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. Due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £36,914 p.a
Working Time: 100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31 December 2021)
Closing Date: Wednesday 15 July 2020
Reference: ENVGE1125
Downloads: Candidate Brief