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Research Fellow in Soil Science

Cranfield University - School of Water, Energy and Environment - Environment and AgriFood/ Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute

Location: Bedfordshire, Cranfield
Salary: £37,337 per annum, pro rata.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 12th January 2024
Job Ref: 4685

Fixed Term Contract until 4 December 2026

Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 per annum, pro rata. 

We welcome applications to join our team of passionate and motivated academics leading innovation in sustainable soil management. 

About the Role

The role will take day-to-day responsibility of a project that will investigate the impact of a new mineral fertiliser on the resilience/susceptibility of soils to aggregate breakdown and erosion risk. This will be achieved through undertaking a series of laboratory and field-based experiments investigating soil aggregate breakdown at a sub-process level.  This will entail manual labour. 

The project will also investigate the impact of mineral fertiliser addition on the resultant degree of structural sealing (and upon de-hydration, crusting), infiltration rates and runoff generation. It is envisaged that the outcomes of the laboratory trials will feed into field trials undertaken at selected agronomic trials sites globally to quantify the impact of mineral fertiliser addition on runoff and soil erosion at a field scale. You will collate, analyse and interpret the results and present the findings in high quality technical reports and academic papers. 

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in soil science and have experience in planning, setting up and managing replicated experimental work in the laboratory and in the field, and an ability to develop and apply new methodologies. You will have experience in complex data collection, analysis and interpretation, and a track record of writing high quality technical reports and academic publications. With excellent project and time management skills, you will ensure that milestones and deliverables are achieved on time and to a high quality. You will have a sound knowledge of soil science in the context of both soil management and runoff and erosion control. 

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                     

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact, Rob Simmons Reader in Sustainable Soil Management on (E): r.w.simmons@cranfield.ac.uk.

Apply online via the above ‘Apply’ button. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: hrrecruitment@cranfield.ac.uk. Please quote reference number 4685.

Closing date for receipt of applications:12 January 2024 

Interviews to be held: In is envisaged that interviews will be held in early February 2024.

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