Lecturer in Water and Food Systems

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£45,751 to £63,059 per annum
17 May 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2023
Contract Type
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: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £45,751 to £50,798 per annum, with potential progression up to £63,059 per annum
Apply by: 13/06/2023

Role Description

An exciting opportunity for an established researcher in water and food systems to join our team of academics working in environmental and agricultural water resources management.

About the Role

The challenge of securing water and food security requires new knowledge and insights which can inform both agricultural and water management practices. We are expanding our activities in this critical area of science and innovation and are seeking an individual with a strong research background in the use of water for food production at river basin to global scales. This post provides an outstanding opportunity to develop your career with one of the UK’s foremost water research groups.

You will be expected to conduct high impact, internationally excellent research which explores the inter-sectoral trade-offs in physical and virtual water for food at multiple scales; develop a vibrant and sustainable research group by leading and participating in research bid proposals to attract grant funding; enhance the reputation of the Centre for Water, Environment and Development through multidisciplinary collaboration, and deliver high quality postgraduate-level teaching as part of our existing MSc programmes.

The post will support Cranfield’s existing research competencies in environmental and agricultural water management, including climate change and environmental impacts, water resources systems modelling, irrigation science and ecosystem services.

About You

You will have a PhD in a relevant subject linked to the use and management of water resources and their interaction with food systems. This could be from a broad perspective or more sector specific including agricultural, environmental, or water resources management. You will have experience of winning and managing research grants and working in multidisciplinary collaborations with academics and industry. You will have a track record of publishing high impact journal articles in one or more aspects of water resources, food and water policy, environmental economics, water resources or food systems. You will have a commitment to scientific rigour, a passion for solving applied problems, and enjoy engaging with experts and opinion-formers in academia, industry and government.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

You will be based within the Centre for Water, Environment and Development which undertakes cutting-edge transformational research and teaching to support integrated solutions to the world’s most profound water challenges (regarding availability, use, supply and quality) that take account of the needs of people and the environment within a context of equitable and sustainable development. Our academic and research staff, including scientists, engineers, technologists, policy specialists and social scientists are engaged in delivering postgraduate teaching, research, consultancy and training in an international arena. Our core research activities are focused around 5 Communities of Practice (CoPs). This vacancy is relevant to several of these but primarily those on Water for Food in a Changing Climate and Catchment Management. You will also be expected to foster research links with colleagues in other parts of the university including those within the Agrifood and Environment Themes.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role.  Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For specific enquiries about this opportunity, please contact Professor Jerry Knox by email

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4532.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 13 June 2023