Research Fellow in Postharvest Management

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 03 Jan 2023


Cranfield University


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

Until 31 December 2023


Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £35,559 per annum, pro rata.

About the Role

The primary role of the Research Fellow is to deliver research and training for the activities developed in the ‘Africa Centre for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain’ (ACES) with the support of the Cranfield project lead Dr Natalia Falagán. This project is funded by DEFRA (Government of United Kingdom) and brings together (i) world-leading interdisciplinary researchers from the UK working across the food cold-chain sector and sustainable energy; (ii) governments and global agencies (iii) stakeholder industries; (iii) new technology innovators; and (iv) cold-chain customers from farmer to retailer to provide fundamental new knowledge. ACES is contributing to the reduction of food loss and waste globally in a sustainable way, helping to reach net zero emissions by 2050, so as to deliver demand and climate adaptation; resilience; and decarbonisation of the cold-chain for the food industry, from farmer and fishers to consumers simultaneously. 

You will be responsible for the development of research activities, analysis and interpretation of results in collaboration with all project partners: University of Birmingham, Heriot-Watt University, London South Bank University and University of Rwanda.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in agriculture or related subject and have experience of management research and training. In this project, you will have the opportunity to make a real impact in the sustainability of food systems. Understanding of global supply chains, food requirements, data analysis and communications skills are essential for this role as well as the capacity to work in multidisciplinary environments. 

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 .

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 Natalia Falagan, Lecturer in Food Science and Technology on (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: . Please quote reference number 4353.

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