Associate Lecturer/PhD Research Student

Moulton College - Agricultural, Horticulture and Animal Care

As a result of the continued expansion of our higher education and research portfolio, an exciting position has now arisen for a multi-skilled researcher who will undertake a part-time PhD project, being jointly supervised by staff from the University and Moulton College.

The PhD Studentship is entitled: Development of hydroponic and LED technologies to optimise production and commercial viability of salad crops’.

The researcher will co-ordinate a range of controlled salad crop growth trials to elucidate optimal germination and growth rates of a variety of commercial and novel salad crops under Light Emitting Diode (LED) arrays in differing nutrient mixes to optimise production and commercial viability. This innovative undertaking will ultimately contribute to the ‘agri-tech’ agenda by tackling far reaching concerns of global food security. The post would lead to the completion of a higher degree at the University of Northampton and would involve working with a production horticulture and food technologist commercial partner - H2O-ganics.

Alongside their research studies, the student will also be employed as an Associate Lecturer and be expected to teach on a range of Further and Higher Education courses on a part-time basis (0.5 equivalent). With a specialism afforded in biological, environmental and / or natural sciences, you will ideally have previous teaching experience but this is not essential. The role would include practical and classroom delivery and supporting students throughout their programme of study.

This post is open to appropriately qualified candidates who have, or expect to receive a first or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent or an MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline. The minimum English language proficiency requirement for candidates who have not undertaken a higher degree at a UK HE institution is an IELTS score of at least 6.5. This award is available to UK / EU candidates only. Applications will be assessed on the basis of the candidates’ previous academic achievements, their research potential, the proposed area of study and their willingness to engage with teaching duties.

This PhD will be supervised by Dr Annette Parkes ( and Dr Gemma Marsden (

Interested? For more information and to apply for this role please click 'Apply'.

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