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Agricultural Systems Modeller

North Wyke
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Closing Date:
26 May 2019
Overview Of Role

Applications are invited for an Agricultural Systems Modeller based at Rothamsted Research – North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon to work on the project MIDST-CZ: Maximising Impact by Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Soil and Water through UK-China Critical Zone science.  An international collaboration led by the University of Aberdeen has received more than £1.1M to undertake work designed to inform and guide policy and farming practices in China, with a view to finding a solution to pollution. Together with a team of 12 UK partners, including Rothamsted Research, and 15 Chinese Institutions, the project will build on previous studies to develop sophisticated but simple tools that can guide policy and farming. These will range from smartphone apps that farmers can use in the field to specialist software that can assess the environmental impacts of farm practices over large areas of land.

The post holder will maintain and develop an existing model on plant growth, water redistribution and nutrient cycling at the field and farm level, convert it into a portable version, collaborate with partners both in the UK and China.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in an appropriate science discipline and will be a highly motivated researcher with strong programming skills. Experience of working in object-oriented programming languages, especially C++, and an awareness of agricultural and environmental change in a broader context are essential. The appointee will need to have the flexibility to be able to travel to China for site visits.  Attendance at conferences overseas will also be encouraged.

The post is fixed term for a period of 12 months from 1st August 2019 or as soon as possible with the possibility of a one-year extension pending on performance and funding availability. The post has a starting salary normally in the range of £29,842 to £32,315 per annum, depending upon working experience.


About The Company
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke Site is situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, to the west of Exeter in Devon.  We offer excellent facilities, 25 days holiday and an attractive benefits package. Our commitment to learning and development, as well as equality and diversity, create a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.