Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Modelling for Digital Agriculture

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
30 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2020
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 20 Months
Salary £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 18/10/2020

Role Description

Digital Agriculture aims to use digital information and technologies to improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental impacts of farming. For smallholder tea producers in Kenya, nutrient management is critical to ensure sustainable yields, and methods to help farmers to apply optimal amounts of fertiliser at the correct time and in the right place should improve smallholder incomes whilst minimising costs.

This post is to support a new two-year Technology Strategy Board project, involving UK and Kenyan companies, to develop and implement a digital tea crop nutrient management model and platform to help smallholder farmers in Kenya improve crop, soil and nutrient management.

Cranfield University welcomes applications for a conscientious Research Assistant (who has recently submitted their PhD) or Research Fellow (with a PhD) who can, with the support of others, develop and implement a tea crop model that incorporates nitrogen responses.

You will have experience of developing computer models, an understanding of crop science, and a demonstrated drive to produce high quality reports and papers. This is an exciting position that provides the opportunity to work with a group of experienced and well-motivated researchers and practitioners from the UK and East Africa.

You must have a PhD (or close to completing) focused on crop and/or soil management and modelling or digital agriculture, alongside evidence of a peer-reviewed journal publication record. Experience presenting at national or international conferences, and securing research income is desirable.

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield brings together world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and strong industry partnerships to provide global leadership in technology and management. For the past 50 years, we have been enhancing natural capital and ensuring that food systems are more resilient.  We are recognised worldwide for our research and teaching in agricultural systems and their impact on soil, water and air quality. Our people are our most valuable resource and you can help support the future of our university, develop our learners, and improve the sustainability of international food production. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website:

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 are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day. Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

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.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion, please contact Paul Burgess ( or Ruben Sakrabani (

Interviews to be held: 2 November 2020