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Research Assistant in Citizen Science - Food, Nutrition, and Sustainability

University of Sheffield - Department of Geography

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £26,715 Grade 6.1 pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2019
Closes: 30th October 2019
Job Ref: UOS024077

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 31 March 2020. (6 months (40%FTE), 31 March 2020)

Working Pattern: Part-time, working 40%FTE. (14 hours a week - can be negotiated to be a higher rate of hours for a shorter contract duration).

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Location: Sheffield, but can be via distance working

Start Date As soon as possible.

Line Manager: Dr. Christian Reynolds

We have an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for sustainability and nutrition to use their skills in science communication to develop and deliver a pilot public facing citizen science campaign related to perceptions of sustainable and healthy diets.

Current healthy and sustainable dietary guidelines, advice, and policy is based on encouraging people to eat what is scientifically proven to be sustainable, healthy, and safe. Recent research suggests that there is a food-knowledge disconnect between the food policy/research community, and the general population, with citizens typically underestimating the embodied carbon emissions and misestimating calories associated with different foods.

We are looking for a part time research assistant to 1) run a public facing citizen science campaign related to food and nutrition (using the STFC funded Zooniverse citizen science platform), 2) provide additional data analysis, 3) assisting in hosting research development workshops with stakeholders (such as FSA and DEFRA), and 4) writing outputs (including papers and reports).

You will work as part of an interdisciplinary team within the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, and in collaboration with researchers from across the STFC Food network (

You will develop and deliver a pilot public facing citizen science campaign related to perceptions of sustainable and healthy diets. Educated to PhD level (or Masters or undergraduate degree with commensurate experience), you will have experience of citizen science and or public science education. You will be able to demonstrate good communication, organisational and analytical skills, ability to deliver projects within a specified timescale and ability to communicate complex ideas to a range of different audiences. The project will involve close liaison with other academics and key personnel in DEFRA and FSA – an ability to work in a collaborative setting with a range of stakeholders is essential. As you will be responsible for developing and delivering the public facing citizen science campaign,  knowledge of the food system, sustainability, and nutrition is desirable.  You will also have the option to develop future funding bids around extending this citizen science campaign.

Please note that we are flexible with the time commitment, and are happy to negotiate a higher rate of hours and a shorter contract duration.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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