Post Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) Agricultural Development and Climate Services

University of Reading - Agri-Food Economics & Social Science

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Agricultural Development and Climate Services to work on an innovative approach to agricultural development called Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA). PICSA has been piloted in 14 countries and has gone to scale in 5 of these reaching tens of thousands of smallholder farmers in sub Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. The PDRA will be a key part of the PICSA research team, supporting research projects, providing training for agricultural intermediaries, contributing to developing creative solutions, and monitoring and investigating the impact of the approach for smallholder farmers.

Successful candidates will show an in-depth understanding of smallholder farming systems in the developing world, will be able to demonstrate practical field experience of working with smallholder farmers and be able to write to a high standard for publication in academic journals.

You will work in a small and supportive team in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, and liaise both with staff in relevant research divisions within the University and with contacts in a wide range of international organisations. The position is initially a one year fixed term contract which may be extended if funding permits. The intended start date is January 2018.

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at Reading is global in its outlook and has an international reputation for both education and research. It was recently ranked 10th in the World QS subject rankings for Agriculture and Forestry. Within the University of Reading, SAPD has strong research links with other Schools and has an established reputation for inter-disciplinary research.
The School provides a welcoming, supportive and progressive environment for career development and consists of a learning and research community from over 40 different nations, was highly ranked in the last REF and prides itself on its multi-disciplinary research and education.

You will have:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline e.g. Agricultural Development, Development Geography or Climate Services.
  • Experience of working with smallholder farmers in developing countries.
  • Ability to use participatory methods in research and or training.
  • Ability to write well and to make a significant contribution publications and other forms of communication.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Line manager
Contact name: Peter Dorward
Contact phone: 0118 378 8492
Contact emailp.t.dorward@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role:Project Coordinator
Contact name:Graham Clarkson
Contact phone:0118 378 5036
Contact email:g.clarkson@reading.ac.uk

Closing date: 06/11/2017
Interview date: 17/11/17

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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