Research Assistant (Agri-Environmental Data): 11a Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ, and, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD Applications are invited for a Research Assistant (Agri-environmental data) with the HESTIA project. 

We are looking for a Research Assistant to consolidate agri-environmental data and upload it to the newly developed HESTIA agri-environmental data platform. Your work will help generate data on the environmental impacts of different food products, with a focus on greenhouse gases and biodiversity impacts. Specifically, the role will focus on uploading data from ~90 published peer-reviewed studies.

You will start by focusing on data from studies describing quinoa or other Chenopodium species, and in the process learn about these crops and their sustainability implications. You will then focus on uploading data for 12 product categories identified as sources of imported greenhouse gas emissions into the UK. 

The HESTIA data platform develops the research of Poore & Nemecek (2018) Science. It provides: 1) a standardised data structure for agri-environmental data; 2) a large and growing platform of data which is consistently formatted; and 3) models which allow farmers or other users to calculate their environmental impacts. You will be part of a motivated team of environmental scientists, software developers, and behaviour change specialists. The project team will be based within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science in the Department of Biology and within the Oxford Martin School. 

You will hold (or be close to completion of) a relevant postgraduate degree; or hold an undergraduate degree and equivalent relevant experience. The successful candidate should have a strong attention to details and strong numeracy skills. They will be able to work confidently under pressure and have good written and spoken communication skills. This role will involve interacting effectively with both senior and junior team members, in addition to industry partners. You will need to be able to work both independently, and as a member of a team. 

Where Covid-19 has resulted in substantial disruption to your work or research outputs, please explain this by providing an additional paragraph in your supporting statement.  The University of Oxford is committed to equality and valuing diversity. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria. 

This post is full time and available in early January, although an earlier start date would be welcome. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 9th January 2023, interviews are likely to be scheduled for January.

Closing Date & Time: 09-Jan-2023 12:00

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Salary (£) : Grade 6: £30,502 – £36,386 per annum


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