D85861R - Research Associate in Stakeholder Engagement

Newcastle University - Natural and Environmental Sciences, Enabling Science and Technology

Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic social scientist with experience conducting research in agricultural and/or rural environments to lead farmer network and engagement activities in two new EU H2020 projects: SolACE (http://www.solace-eu.net/) and SoilCare (https://www.soilcare-project.eu/ ). Both projects are focussed on improving cropping practices to enhance soil quality and productivity, and include stakeholder engagement and on-farm experimentation as key activities. 

Key tasks will include facilitation and management of on-farm experiments; reviewing literature and conducting research on social factors influencing adoption of soil-improving innovations; working in partnership with local project members to deliver workshops on research results; feeding back to the project partners on farmer attitudes. You will be able to work independently, speak a second European language, and be keen to travel within the EU. He/she will be expected to produce research outputs that are publishable in high impact international academic journals.

You will be based in the Centre for Rural Economy in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES) at Newcastle University (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cre/about/ ) . You will be co-supervised by Dr. Julia Cooper, who is a Lecturer in Soil Science (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/staff/profile/juliacooper.html#background ) and Prof. Mark Reed who is the Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/staff/profile/markreed.html#background) .

SNES is a large, multi-disciplinary school that provides numerous opportunities for interactions with researchers from a broad range of fields in both the social and natural sciences.

The post is available fixed term for 4 years and is full time.

Informal inquiries about this position can be made to Julia Cooper (Julia.cooper@ncl.ac.uk) or Mark Reed (mark.reed@ncl.ac.uk).

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The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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