Research Associate in Smart Sensors and Systems for Agriscience (Part time)

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Due to the broadening ‘smart sensors’ research in the e-Agri Sensors Centre (, the group has an additional position for a part-time post-doctoral research engineer. The role will form part of the £3.2M Global Food Security (GFS) funded IKnowFood project (, with the Universities of York and Liverpool. One of the goals of IKnowFood is to develop novel engineering technology solutions for on-farm production and sustainability challenges.

To achieve this, the project will investigate innovation systems approaches, exploring the extent to which they can support the integration of farmers’ knowledge in problem identification and the development of solutions. As a consequence, you will be required to work with other members of the project group in multi-stakeholder meetings that are designed to facilitate dialogue between farmers, scientists and engineers, and other stakeholders. These regular workshops will enable the technology concepts to be developed in a structured fashion, in partnership with groups of farmers, so as to develop and field test technologies that support existing farmer knowledge and meet the real rather than perceived needs of the sector. As well as working closely with the farmer groups, this approach will require you to build-up knowledge of the opportunities offered by specific agri-sensors research, and to liaise with others in the sensor engineering group to share and develop the opportunities offered by their alternate approaches.

You will be required to work with groups of farmers in regular meetings to align and co-ordinate technology development activities with the agenda set by the farmer groups and in collaboration with the wider IKnowFood project team members. You will be required to work alongside, and be able to represent, a multidisciplinary team that delivers sensors systems which incorporate the interfacing-to and processing-of multiple transducer signals. Understanding the work of this team will be central to the role, enabling you to discuss the range of possible technologies with farmers, and communicate farmer needs, interests and emerging technology specifications to the multidisciplinary team, working with them to develop or adapt potential solutions. This may include working in interdisciplinary teams alongside materials engineers, analytical scientists, physicists, plant scientists and agronomists. It is a particular feature of this post that you will be required to work with colleagues from the social sciences, as part of a research project that aims to investigate an approach to research and development, as well testing the product of research and development.

The School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

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Name: Professor Bruce Grieve


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Tel: 0161 275 4499

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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