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Research Associate in Vertical farming

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £33,966 per annum (pro rata).
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 1st March 2024
Job Ref: 26766

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
We are seeking a driven and accomplished individual to join our team as a Research Associate to contribute to cutting-edge research aimed at revolutionising crop production and enhancing nutritional quality in vertical farming environments.

Vertical farming stands as one of the rapidly advancing innovations, capitalizing on technological and connectivity advancements. The primary objective is to enhance resource utilization efficiency, thereby boosting the production of nutritious crops. Our specific goal is to tackle the hurdles associated with 'nutrient access,' encompassing the fortification of fresh produce. Simultaneously, we aim to bring production closer to consumers, fostering increased engagement with high-quality food and overcoming existing challenges that disrupt the continuity of supply chains. Hence, the ongoing project seeks to assess the viability of controlled environment agriculture, coupled with regulated inputs, as a suitable technology for biofortification under controlled conditions.

The aim is to modify growing conditions of various vertically grown produce to determine nutritional quality. This will involve use crop physiological traits for improved production assessments and chemical analysis using chromatography, mass spectrometry and/or GCMS to determine/assess crop nutritional profile.

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers working in collaboration with Fyto Ltd, a vertical farming company and Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.

The postholder will work on a collaborative project funded by InnovateUK to contribute to an internationally visible research profile in applied plant biology, both independently and as a member of the Agricultural Production Systems Group under the clear guidance of a member of an academic colleagues.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

To learn more about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences please click here.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Ankush Prashar ankush.prashar@newcastle.ac.uk.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.

The role is part-time, fixed-term until 28 February 2025.

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