Postdoctoral Research Associate in Agent-based Modelling

Lincoln, United Kingdom
£33,797 per annum
19 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Computer Science Location:  Lincoln

Salary:   From £33,797 per annum
This is full time, fixed term post of 1 FTE for 12 months from start date
Closing Date:   Friday 18 December 2020
Interview Date:   Thursday 21 January 2021
Reference:  COS797

The School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln is looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate as part of the “The Digital Sandwich - Digitised Food Supply Chain, fusing IoT, Blockchain and AI data layers to improve productivity, traceability and reduce waste” project.

The total cost of the project across the 10 consortium partners is over £9.5m, funded by Innovate UK, with the aim of digitising the food supply chain, fusing IoT, blockchain and AI layers to improve productivity, traceability and reduce waste. The work at University of Lincoln will focus on building an agent-based model of the food supply chain, developing novel market-based approaches that smooth fluctuations in demand across the supply chain, thus helping to reduce food waste.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience in agent-based modelling and/or market design. The post is fixed for 12 months, with strong support for career development and progression, in a growing research group with many opportunities for contract extension.

The University of Lincoln is a leading centre in the UK for research into agri-food technology, particularly the application of AI to all areas of food production. Members of the School of Computer Science participate in many collaborative research projects funded by the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Horizon 2020. The University leads the £6.9m EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics, with the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia, and recently received a £6.3m award from the UK Government’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund to create Lincoln Agri-Robotics. University facilities include an experimental food factory, a demonstration farm, dedicated robotics research labs, and a fleet of state-of-the-art agricultural robots.

Applicants should have, or expect to soon obtain, a PhD in a relevant area and have excellent mathematical and coding skills (Java, Python, Matlab etc.). Successful candidates will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research. Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills. The postholder will engage collaboratively within an ambitious team at Lincoln and also with the project’s many external partners, to work with state-of-the-art equipment, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof Simon Parsons (email:

As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.