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Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Remote Sensing in Tea Agriculture

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£34,450 per - £37,337 per annum
Closing date
3 Mar 2024

Job Details

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: 3 Years

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £34,450 per annum (Research Assistant, if close to submitting PhD) or £37,337 per annum (Research Fellow)

Apply by: 03/03/2024

Role Description

About the Role

To carry out research involving the integration of drone-based imaging, multispectral data analysis, phenotyping techniques, and the development of digital twins to revolutionize tea agriculture practices. You will join our new BBSRC Business and Academia Prosperity Partnership between Cranfield University and LIPTON Teas and Infusions. The partnership project combines digital agriculture, crop modelling and molecular breeding to improve the resilience and sustainability of the East African tea crop. You will have the opportunity to visit data collection sites in the tea growing regions of Kenya.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or close to completion of PhD) in some aspect of remote sensing, agricultural engineering, geospatial science, or a closely related field. Ideally you will have experience of drone-based data collection and crop physiology. With excellent communication skills, you will be able to work effectively with a range of stakeholders in academia and businesses within agricultural supply chains and will have a track record of preparing high quality reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

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. The project will be part of the Environment and Agrifood Theme with a strong track record in soil and crop sciences, including postharvest biology and technology.

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 committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. 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 an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Toby Waine ( or Professor Andrew Thompson (

Closing date for receipt of applications: 3 March 2024


Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

People are key to our competitive advantage and so we need to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business. We aim to create a culture where you can flourish and succeed and, in turn, contribute towards Cranfield’s success.

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