Research Assistant or Research Fellow

Cranfield, United Kingdom
Research Assistant £30,600 per annum or Research Fellow £33,309 per annum
03 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Jan 2021
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 36 months
Research Assistant £30,600 per annum or Research Fellow £33,309 per annum
Apply by 10/01/2021

Role Description

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) in Economics and Sociology of African Land Use Systems

Interview date 03 February 2021

The Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Informatics at Cranfield University is looking for an enthusiastic post-doctoral research fellow to work with us on the EWA-BELT project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. 

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. 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:

The EWA-BELT project aims to evaluate new innovations with farmers in East and West Africa.  This post will involve evaluating the economic impact of new innovations to be trialled and tested in West and East African countries.  More specifically, it will involve identifying how new or improved crops, land uses, agricultural practices, plant protection technologies, and integrated pest management approaches perform from an economic and social perspective for farmers and along the value chain. 

You will have a PhD (or close to completing) in applying economic analysis in agriculture, land use, or ecosystem services evaluation, with demonstrable applied experience in quantitative economic research.  You will be motivated to use existing and new quantitative economic modelling tools to assess the innovations, and to also use social science methods, particularly to identify how practical the proposed innovations are from a farmer perspective and to understand whether and how they can work within the value chain. 

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. 

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 either: Dr Anil Graves, Senior Lecturer in Land Use Systems (+44 (0)1234 754294; ); or Dr Paul Burgess, Reader in Crop Ecology (+44 (0)1234 754291; )

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