We invite a plant science academic to develop their career and build a research team within our internationally-recognised Plant Science Laboratory.

About the Role

You will develop and lead a programme of internationally competitive research and consultancy in aspects of postharvest research, for example addressing research gaps in fundamental and applied areas related to dormancy, shelf-life, nutrition, or other topics important for the “Food Loss and Waste” and “Nutritional Security” agendas. A major part of the role will be to win research funding, manage projects and supervise postgraduate research students.

You will collaborate with our existing postharvest academic staff, and seek synergy with our teams of plant scientists, mycologists, soil scientists and bioinformaticians. You will contribute to the design, planning and delivery of postgraduate teaching.

About You

You will have a PhD and a track-record of high-impact publications in the plant sciences, including postharvest-related work. You will have a passion for devising hypothesis-driven research projects that drive back the frontiers of understanding biological systems and an interest in using your skills to reduce the wastage of food. You will have an appetite for postgraduate teaching and supervision.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally.

The Plant Science Laboratory is part of the Centre for Soil, AgriFood and Biosciences well-known for its expertise across both domestic and international food supply chains, from soil science to postharvest quality. Our work is truly global, reaching across Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and SE Asia, working with agribusiness to address the challenges of environmental sustainability and food security.

Our Values and Commitments

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

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.

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 Professor Andrew Thompson, Head of Soil, Agrifood and Biosciences: a.j.thompson@cranfield.ac.uk or Dr MariCarmen Alamar, Plant Science Laboratory Group Leader: m.d.alamargavidia@cranfield.ac.uk 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: hrrecruitment@cranfield.ac.uk. Please quote reference number 4305.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 3 January 2023

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