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Research Assistant - Agricultural Development and Climate Services

University of Reading - International Development Department

Location: Reading
Salary: £32,348 to £36,386 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd November 2022
Closes: 6th December 2022
Job Ref: SRF43281
 

The International Development Department in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading seeks to appoint a Research Associate (RA) in Agricultural Development and Climate Services to work on an innovative approach to agricultural development called Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA). PICSA has been used in more than twenty countries, reaching hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. The role holder will be a key part of the PICSA research team, supporting research projects, providing training for agricultural intermediaries, contributing to developing creative solutions, and monitoring and investigating the impact of the approach for smallholder farmers.

Successful candidates will show an in-depth understanding of smallholder farming systems in the developing world, will be able to demonstrate practical field experience of working with smallholder farmers and be able to write to a high standard for publication in academic journals.

You will work in a small and supportive team and liaise both with staff in relevant research divisions within the University and with contacts in a wide range of international organisations. The position is initially a one-year fixed term contract which may be extended if funding permits. The intended start date is January 2023.

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at Reading is global in its outlook and has an international reputation for both education and research. It was recently ranked 12th in the World QS subject rankings for Agriculture and Forestry. Within the University of Reading, SAPD has strong research links with other Schools and has an established reputation for inter-disciplinary research.

The School provides a welcoming, supportive and progressive environment for career development and consists of a learning and research community from over 40 different nations, was highly ranked in the last REF and prides itself on its multi-disciplinary research and education.

You will have:

  • Masters in a relevant discipline e.g. Agricultural Development, Development Geography or Climate Services
  • Experience of working with smallholder farmers in developing countries.
  • Ability to use participatory methods in research and or training.
  • Ability to write well and to make a significant contribution publications and other forms of communication.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.

Interview date: 15/12/2022

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Senior Research Fellow
Contact name: Graham Clarkson
Contact phone: 01183785036
Contact email: g.clarkson@reading.ac.uk

Alternative Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Professor
Contact name: Peter Dorward
Contact phone: 01183788492
Contact email: p.t.dorward@reading.ac.uk

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-UK candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that by reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship will not be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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