Lecturer in Postharvest Plant Biology

Cranfield, Bedford
01 Dec 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Water, Energy and Environment

Environment & Agrifood /
Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute (CSAFI)

Lecturer in Postharvest Plant Biology

£41,153 to £45,872 per annum

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a postharvest scientist to join our team of academics. You will contribute significantly to the leadership and management of a large existing portfolio of Research Council UK projects in the area of postharvest, and you will initiate and conduct high impact, internationally excellent research driven by your own interests in postharvest biology and technology, food waste, and other related aspects of plant science. Your expertise will complement that of CSAFI’s international experts in plant science, soil science and mycology during a period of significant investment in new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities.

You will have a PhD in plant science and experience of winning research grants, leading research projects, working in multidisciplinary collaborations and publishing high-impact journal articles. You will have a vision of how your research can add value, and can capitalise on the two new AgriTech Centres of Innovation (AgriEPI and CHAP). These centres include internationally significant facilities under construction at Cranfield for research in postharvest, plant x soil x water interactions, precision agriculture and agri-informatics as part of a £38M investment from UK Government. 

You will be expected to ensure the successful delivery of existing projects and to attract funding, research staff and students to expand and diversify Cranfield’s postharvest capability. You will design and deliver postgraduate-level teaching as part of taught MSc programmes and short courses.  Ideally you will have experience in both an industrial and academic setting.

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact:
Prof Andrew J. Thompson. Email:

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 754223. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2342.

Closing date for receipt of applications:    16 January 2017

Interviews to be held:    6 February 2017