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Agri-Environment Modeller

Salary Details:
£29,842 to £41,438 per annum
Location:
Harpenden
Work Area:
Science
Closing Date:
30 Dec 2019
Overview Of Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced modeller to join our team at Rothamsted Research to help shape our future research in the development and application of digital approaches to modelling agricultural systems.  

Within the institute’s programme for the digitalisation of farming, the modeller will integrate field- and herd-based observations (crop and animal growth/quality) with site-specific management information to model land-based production at the farm- and catchment scale. She/he will validate productivity and environmental efficiency indicators for different pedoclimaticzones, landscapes and farm systems using ground and earth observation (EO) data.  Overall, this work will increase our “understanding of Crop and Livestock Systems in the context of Genotype x Environment x Management interaction” at multiple scales, eventually to improve Nutrient Use Efficiency of arable and mixed farming systems.

The candidate will join the “Environment and Systems Modelling” cluster of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Department with focus on the Institute Strategic Program “Soil to Nutrition” (ISP-S2N). The candidate will collaborate closely with colleagues at the North Wyke site, Okehampton (livestock systems) and exploit synergies with colleagues working in collaborative projects between the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology and Rothamsted Research. This work will feed into a Sustainable Intensification (SI) Metrics based on scalable evidence (i.e. EO and ground truth) integrated with modelling to aid monitoring and improving resource use efficiency.

This role will complement our existing team with experience in field and catchment scale simulations of agri-environment processes. The applicants should have a keen interest to upscale water- and nutrient-limited production,and a passion to test and improve existing modelling software, and eventually lead further research.  

Interviews to be held: w/c 13 January 2020

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. 
 
Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.