The research project, ‘Nitrogen Efficient Plants for Climate Smart Arable Cropping Systems’ (NCS) involves 200 UK farms and 17 industry partners and is funded by Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme and Innovate UK. Within this project you will be responsible for investigating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, soil health and nitrogen benefits of legumes in rotations, specifically testing the resilience of legume-based rotations to climate change and the effects on GHG emissions.

You will lead experimental work in this area, utilizing the unique CHAP glasshouse and growth room facilities at Cranfield and collaborating with participating farms across the UK. The work will complement other experimental approaches being conducted in field conditions led by Processers and Growers Research Organization, The James Hutton Institute and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

About You You will have a PhD in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Crop Science or closely related discipline, will have experience of research project management, expertise in designing and analysing field and experimental work and excellent communication skills.

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 Environment and Agrifood Theme contributes to societal challenges such as sustainability, enhancing natural capital and future global food systems resilience. We have substantive worldwide recognition by industry, government and academia for our research and teaching in food biosciences, soil, digital and sustainability.

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. Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

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.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Jack Hannam, Senior Lecturer in Pedology on (E): Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E:

Please Organisation: Cranfield University School/Department: School of Water, Energy and Environment Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday.

Flexible working will be considered. Contract type: Fixed term contract Fixed Term Period: for 38 Months Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £35,559 to 36,487 per annum.

Documents: 4583 – JD & Person Spec.pdf quote reference number 4583.

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Apply by 02/08/2023

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