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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jul 16, 2014.

We are looking for a social or natural scientist with a strong interest in agricultural practices and their interaction with the environment. She/he will work on a project to identify the characteristics of effective decision support systems that could be used to promote Sustainable Intensification through Integrated Farm Management. The project is part of the Defra Sustainable Intensification Platform, a large new research partnership involving over 20 research institutes, universities and research farms across England and Wales.

Our successful candidate will have a relevant PhD, a good understanding of UK agriculture and demonstrable experience of producing high quality scientific outputs. You will join a lively and globally prominent team of conservation scientists in the Department of Zoology.

Required skills

Essential:

A PhD in a relevant area

A UK driving licence

Fluent English speaker

Experience of planning and carrying out research independently

Demonstrable ability to complete projects to the stage of good quality reports and submitted publications on time

Good understanding of agriculture in the UK

A clear writing style

Ability to carry out face-to-face interviews

Duties and responsibilities

Cataloguing existing decision support systems in use or under development for farm or advisory use, on any aspect of sustainability in farming.

Devising a typology of key functions, features and mechanisms for decision support and guidance systems in the farming sector and categorising systems in the list accordingly.

Ranking the delivery mechanisms, functions and features, according to their likelihood of enabling farmers to improve performance against Sustainable Intensification metrics.

Working with the research team to design an interview for farmers and farm advisers.

Developing an indicative stratified sample of private sector farm advisers, and conducting the interview with these advisers.

Analysing and writing up the results of these interviews.

Identifying examples of failures and successes, and developing written case studies.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 12 months.

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Please quote reference PF03852 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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