Postdoctoral Research Associate

Updated: 23 days ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 11 Sep 2022

Faculty of Environment, Science & Economy

This Horizon Europe funded part-time post is available from 9 January 2023 on a fixed term basis until 9 January 2026.The post will be 0.5 FTE with the opportunity to work flexible hours.  

The post

The Business School wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Professor Alex Inman to deliver a new project: Food Provision Through Sustainable Farming Systems And Value Chains (VISIONARY). The successful applicant will play a central role in conducting project research, working with multiple stakeholders to establish Science Policy Interfaces and reporting project outputs to the funding body.

VISIONARY aims to facilitate change by identifying what factors underlie the path dependencies and ‘lock-ins’ in current unsustainable food systems, and showing how these can be overcome. The project will learn from existing initiatives that are still niche and small-scale, and investigate the barriers to scaling up and out. By means of experiments, the project will generate data on the same sustainability transition in different contexts (countries and value chains). For selected and promising food system transitions, the project will tackle both the policy and business shifts that are necessary to make a change.

The post will include working with the PI to design, deliver and publish primary research outputs, engage with a variety of external stakeholders and assist with project management tasks as required.  It is envisaged this post will be particularly well suited to individuals comfortable working with members of the business community.

About you

You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

You will possess a relevant PhD or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in the field of food policy, agri-environmental policy or food systems analysis and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. In particular applicants must have a proven ability to design and apply quantitative and qualitative social research methods and experience in designing and facilitating participatory events and processes.

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What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

For further information please contact Professor Alex Inman a.inman@exeter.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 723340.

The closing date for completed applications is 11 September 2022.  Interviews are expected to take place in September 2022.


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