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Research Fellow in Molecular Tracking

University of Aberdeen - Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £36,333 to £43,155
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th March 2023
Closes: 10th April 2023
Job Ref: ROW108R

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and skilled research fellow to work on a UKRI-funded research project to explore molecular tracking across the food supply system. This post will support the development of a much-needed approach to identify the impact of disruptive technologies across the food sector to meet major challenges, namely, our dietary, climate and nature crisis. This ambitious project will capitalise on the importance of diversity at all stages of the food supply system from soil to dietary metabolites driving health outcomes. Through predictive modelling using molecular and microbial datasets we will assess the impact of change on bio-, agribio- and dietary diversity.

You should be a motivated researcher with a PhD in a discipline related to food and/or agriculture and experience working with large datasets, statistical analysis and modelling. The project will identify existing datasets of value and support the development of a molecular tracking model, as well as a network capable to explore future disruptive technologies that could have a beneficial impact on soil, crop, livestock and human health. It will require an aptitude for high-quality hypothesis driven research and excellent organisational and communication skills. You would be required to work within a multidisciplinary team engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and contribute to dissemination activities through publication and knowledge exchange.

The appointment will be under the direction of Professor Wendy Russell at the Rowett Institute, one of the foremost nutrition research institutes in Europe addressing some of the most compelling contemporary problems in nutrition. The project is in partnership with Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and SEFARI Gateway; the Centre of Expertise for Knowledge Exchange and Innovation for the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI). It has the support of the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS), Scotland Food and Drink (SFD), Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) and Zero waste Scotland (ZWS). This post is funded by the UKRI and will be offered for a period of 12 months. This appointment will be made subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of the University.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6,  £36,333 - £43,155 per annum, and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Wendy Russell (W.Russell@abdn.ac.uk)

This post does not meet the minimum requirements for visa sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route. We are therefore unable to consider applicants for this post that require sponsorship to work in the UK. 

To apply online for this position visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs

Job Reference Number: ROW108R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 10 April 2023.

The Rowett Institute within The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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