Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Environmental Modelling

University of Reading

Reading, , GB

We seek a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the Environmental Science Research Division and work on a 5-year BBSRC funded project to model the environmental impacts and benefits resulting from shifts in land management and land use due to proposed changes to the UK food system that benefit disadvantaged communities. The role provides an excellent opportunity for you to develop your own interests that align to the project.

You will work on an interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Co-production of healthy, sustainable food systems for disadvantaged communities’, funded by the ‘Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment’ programme. Your primary role will be to model the environmental impact of the current food system which supplies disadvantaged communities and then predict the impact of alternative food supply chains, developing methods to mitigate negative consequences.

The focus of your activities will be to develop GIS spatial models that simulate the impact of land use and land management changes on soil carbon storage, water quality and biodiversity. As such, you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Environmental Modelling or other relevant discipline
  • Strong quantitative skills and a working knowledge of a programming language (e.g. R or Python)
  • Experience modelling spatial data and using GIS to visualize model outputs
  • Excellent communication skills and the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment

Informal contact details

Contact role: Associate Professor
Contact name: Tom Sizmur
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 8913
Contact email: [email protected]

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Professor
Contact name: Andrew Wade
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 7315
Contact email: [email protected]

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Senior Research Fellow
Contact name: Deepa Senapathi
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 4541
Contact email: [email protected]

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Research Fellow
Contact name: Tom Breeze
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 6026
Contact email: [email protected]

Interviews will be held on 29 March 2021

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.





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