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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Food & Agricultural System Modelling

University of Reading - Sustainable Land Management

Location: Reading
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th June 2022
Closes: 11th July 2022
Job Ref: SRF41811
 

'Raising the Pulse (RtP)' is a £2.5M UKRI Transforming the UK Food System project based on the concept that considerable health and environmental benefit would result if we could make it easier for the population to eat more UK grown pulses. The pulse best suited to the UK, the faba bean, is naturally high in protein, micronutrients and fibre, and has the lowest environmental impact of all crops. However, most of the population will not significantly increase their consumption unless these beans are successfully incorporated into familiar looking and tasting, economic and convenient staple foods, such as bread.  

Harnessing extensive data from across the project, you will use a range of data analysis and modelling approaches to understand the impact of increased incorporation of pulses into UK diets and the means to achieve this. Whilst some quantitative and programming experience is expected (e.g. in R, MATLAB, Python or equivalent), training will be provided in methods new to you, providing an opportunity to expand your skills in data science and analysis. Methods will include using an agricultural land use model, Life-Cycle Assessment of the pulse-enhanced bread, and meta-analyses of health impacts of pulse consumption and variability in pulse productivity. You will use the outputs of these analyses to develop a Bayesian Network systems model which maps causes and linkages between environmental, economic, nutrition and health outcomes of the transformed food system.  

You will benefit from mentoring from experts in the different modelling approaches based in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. 

Main duties and responsibilities 

  • To assess the land use, economic and environmental implications of increased pulse production in the UK using the LUAM land use model
  • To conduct a consequential life cycle assessment of pulse production and processing, including co-ordinating and carrying out expert consultations 
  • To conduct meta-analyses on pertinent topics such as the effect of climate on pulse quality and the link between pulse nutrition and health 
  • To develop a model of the combined impacts of increased faba-bean use on environment, economics and health using a system modelling framework such as a Bayesian Network.  
  • To liaise with the wider ‘Raising the Pulse’ project team on joint objectives
  • To prepare manuscripts based on key findings for publication
  • To communicate the aims and findings of the research to a wider audience

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Lecturer in Agricultural Modelling

Contact role:

Senior Research Fellow

Contact name:

Dr Lindsay Todman

Contact name:

Philip Jones

Contact phone:

+44 (0)118 378 6380

Contact phone:

Contact email:

l.todman@reading.ac.uk 

Contact email:

p.j.jones@reading.ac.uk 

Interview Date: 22/07/2022

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

 

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