Research Fellow in Agri-Sensors

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Closing Date: 01/09/2017
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: 1 November 2017 until 31 July 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering
School/Directorate: School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Division: -
Hours Per week: Full time
Salary: £39,324 to £48,327 per annum according to experience
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-10456

Launched in 2007, by Syngenta Ltd, the e-Agri Sensors Centre ( is domiciled in the School of EEE and led by Prof Bruce Grieve. It is staffed by post-doctoral researchers and graduate PhD students who each offer a diverse but complementary set of skills. The team receives commercial funding from agri-businesses, farming and other companies, to deliver highly applied electronics and sensing technologies which can operate in conjunction with more traditional agriscience products and techniques to offer new methods of farming and sustainable crop supply. This requires close collaboration with scientists from other disciplines and universities as well as Business School academics.

The group also benefits from additional funding, through the various Research Councils, for the longer term underlying sciences that may form the next generations of these technologies. The current team has grown to include seven full-time members and it is as a consequence of the continued expansion that this new Research Fellow position is now advertised.

You will be required to work at high level strategic platform with groups of farmers in regular meetings to align and co-ordinate technology development activities with the agenda set by the farmer groups. 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.

You will be required in some cases to manage Research Associates and report to the director of e-agri sensors.

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 post is available immediately and offered initially for 22 month periods (1 FTE per annum). It is anticipated that the contracts will be extended subject to performance and continued project funding.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Bruce Grieve


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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