Research Fellow in Sustainability Assessment of Livestock systems

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£35,333 per annum
16 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job Description:

The School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow.

An experienced and motivated postdoctoral scientist is sought to join the Kyriazakis Quantitative Animal and Veterinary Science group at the School of Biological Sciences of Queen’s University Belfast. The cross-disciplinary group consists of members with skills in veterinary and animal science, sustainability assessment and computer sciences. The successful candidate will undertake a senior role in the planning and delivery of research activities focused on the assessment of environmental and social impacts of conventional and alternative pig systems on the island of Ireland.

The Group focuses on the development and application of transformative technologies for, and the quantitative assessment of their impacts on the sustainability of livestock systems. This particular role addresses the latter, as the job holder will be expected to develop and apply quantitative Life Cycle Assessment methodologies for the assessment of the environmental and social impacts of pig systems. The post is aligned with OneWelPig, which is a collaborative project between the four leading agricultural and veterinary Institutions in Eire and Northern Ireland: www.teagasc.ie/animals/pigs/research/research-projects/onewelpig-project/.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record in Quantitative and Qualitative sustainability assessment research with an excellent PhD degree awarded and strong publication record. The successful applicants will have responsibilities in independent research, supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations and outreach.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Obtained or about to obtain a PhD in Quantitative Assessment of Sustainability of Livestock systems or a related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience in developing and applying quantitative methods for the assessment of sustainability of livestock systems
  • Experience in the development and application of Life Cycle Assessment methods and software, such as SimaPro, GaBi etc 
  • Peer reviewed publications or preprints in the area of Sustainability Assessment.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, click on the 'Candidate Information' link below.

This is a fixed term post available until 31 March 2025. Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding. 

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working                              
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversity; www.qub.ac.uk/qgi  and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Katerina Theodoridou at K.Theodoridou@qub.ac.uk.

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