Senior Research Associate

Lancaster University - Lancaster Environment Centre

The post is full-time for 36 months and the expected start date is the 1st May 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Interview Date: 23 May 2018

We wish to appoint a Senior Research Associate to undertake exciting new research on phosphorus accounting in catchments as part of a new project entitled ‘The Role of Phosphorus in the Resilience and Sustainability of the UK Food System’. This project is part of the UK’s Global Food Security programme, which is led by the BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and the Scottish government, and which is funding £4.9 million of interdisciplinary research to increase the resilience and sustainability of the UK food system. The project is supported by the N8 AgriFood programme, the UK Nutrient Platform and a range of stakeholders who will be contributing data, expertise and forums for knowledge exchange. The project will deliver the first phosphorus vulnerability assessment for the UK food chain and identify potential adaptation strategies for improved phosphorus stewardship, at a range of scales, to help maximise the resilience and sustainability of UK farming systems.

As part of the biophysical component of this new project, this post will cover distinct but linked aspects of understanding how UK food production can become more resilient to phosphorus shocks (scarcity or cost) and sustainable in terms of economic and environmental performance. A key focus of the overall research is to identify management strategies that will reduce the vulnerability of rural farming systems to phosphorus shocks, and to increase the environmental sustainability of these farming systems, against a background of agricultural intensification. The specific research required for this post will be to inventorise and value potential alternative secondary sources of phosphorus that could substitute for chemical phosphorus fertilisers manufactured from phosphate rock and to model the impact of their use as part of a circular economy. 

You will join a strong interdisciplinary team involving both biophysical and socio-economic scientists and including Bangor University, the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Wallingford, Leeds University and the University of Technology Sydney.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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