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Research Associate/Fellow (Part-time, fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Food, Nutrition & Dietetics

Location: Sutton Bonington
Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th November 2019
Closes: 18th December 2019
Job Ref: SCI432819

Applications are invited for this post based in the Division of Food Sciences, University of Nottingham, working with Prof Tim Foster, Dr Zinnia H Gonzalez Carranza (PI) Prof Tim Parr and other academic staff in the School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus. 

The Researcher is required to determine the nutritional, anti-nutritional and structural properties of pods and gum from Mezquite (Prosopis) species of Mexico, Kenya and Tanzania using state-of-the-art equipment to explore mezquite uses as a food source for communities to improve their welfare. These scientific objectives form part of the GCRF grant application “Studying The Use Of Mezquite To Improve Welfare Of Communities In Arid And Semi-arid Zones Of The World” between the University of Nottingham; CIAD, CIIDIR, INIFAP, ITD, UTSLRC, CONAFOR and COCYTED in Mexico; and U. of Nairobi and Sokoine University Agriculture, Tanzania in Africa.  This is a part time (50%) eight month fixed contract funded by GCRF.

The successful candidate will be required to help complete these scientific objectives and to assist with chicken trials to determine nutrient absorption and in the supervision and training of UK and Mexican students learning the techniques applied to the project. The post will work with Prof Tim Foster, Prof Tim Parr and Dr Zinnia Gonzalez-Carranza (PI), and will communicate closely with the diverse partners from UK, Mexico and Africa.

The successful applicant will keep accurate records of work, presenting results at all regular meetings to project partners, stakeholders, and members of communities; and preparing interim and final reports for partners and sponsor. 

The Researcher will  analyse and illuminate data, interpret reports, evaluate and criticise texts and bring new insights to the research area, and will prepare/contribute to draft manuscripts of research findings for publication in leading journals. 

It is expected that the role holder will plan and manage own research activity and resolve problems, if required, in meeting own/team research objectives and deadlines in collaboration with others.

The role holder will be involved in dissemination of information about the project and outreach activities, including the website of the project. It is expected that the role holder will attend a meeting in Mexico to share experiences with students and partners of the mezquite project. 

Candidates must have a PhD (or be in pending thesis period) in relevant areas of Food Sciences, Food technology, Food Processing, Food Engineering or Nutritional Sciences, and have experience and a strong background in research, data analysis, record keeping and planning, and organising own workload. The candidate must be computer literate in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The role requires excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal). It is desirable that the role holder be fluent in Spanish.

This part-time post (18.12 hours per week), is fixed-term until 31 July 2020.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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