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Agricultural Systems Modeller

North Wyke
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Closing Date:
01 Sep 2019
Overview Of Role
We have an interesting new opportunity for a post-doctoral scientist with an aptitude for mathematical modelling and an interest in livestock or environmental science to join our team at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, Near Okehampton, Devon. 

BBSRC has funded (through the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, GCRF) Rothamsted Research as part of a consortium, led by Coventry University, to evaluate people-environment trade-offs through low-tech intensification of livestock management in communal grazing systems in South Africa. The overall aim of this project is to evaluate trade-offs between novel range management practices (intensified planned grazing, corralling and removal of woody plants) so that production, ecosystem function and livelihood outcomes are enhanced in a way that is socially appropriate for 345 local people on 8 000 ha of communal range and crop lands in SA, with a potential to reach up to 2000 people on 50 000 ha of land over two years. One of the specific objectives is to model productivity gains as balanced against ecosystem function, plant diversity and soil characteristics from the various trials.

The successful candidate will maintain and further develop existing models, integrate them into the framework, and test the framework with generated data from the project and the data from other available sources. They will also interface with the team member of the project from the consortium.

The successful candidate will hold a degree, ideally PhD, in an appropriate science discipline and will be a highly motivated researcher with strong mathematical and 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 work base is at North Wyke, southwest England, but it might require some travel between UK and South Africa.

This is a full-time fixed-term contract until 31st March 2021.

Interviews to be held week commencing 9 September 2019.
About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities.