Senior Social Scientist

The James Hutton Institute - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

The James Hutton Institute is at the forefront of innovative and transformative science for sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that supports thriving communities. We aim to conduct excellent science and engage in new ways of working across disciplines, with business, policy and society, that guide contemporary thought and challenge conventional wisdom, ensure trust and deliver the best outcomes for all.

We are seeking a highly motivated senior researcher to join the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS) at the James Hutton Institute. The Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group is one of the largest groups of socio-economic researchers in the UK, with 35 scientists studying the environment, primary industry adjustment and rural development.

This is a new, three-year tenure track appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to lead research on digitization, as part of a team of researchers undertaking research on agricultural knowledge systems, farmer-led innovation and new entrants to farming.  The candidate’s main strengths should be in qualitative or mixed methods research, with a focus on social aspects of learning, knowledge and innovation.  Familiarity with digitization and technological innovation, agricultural knowledge systems, farm household adjustment, farmer collaboration and/or agricultural policy analysis would be of benefit. Although it is desired, previous experience working in the agricultural sector is not required.

The candidate must have a PhD in a related field (e.g. human geography, rural sociology, agricultural economics, interdisciplinary agricultural research), with a strong theoretical background in in socio-technical innovation, sociology of innovation, social learning and/or agricultural knowledge systems.

This post will be based in Aberdeen, Scotland; there will be a requirement for occasional travel to Europe for project meetings.

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The James Hutton Institute is committed to equal opportunities.  We welcome application from all who believe fit the essential criteria for this post.                 

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