Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £30,001.00 - £40,000.00 gross per year
  • Leeds


Are you an ambitious researcher looking to make a positive difference? Do you have a background in crop modelling?Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

This position forms part of the Climate Science and Impacts research group and of the Newton-Caldas funded project "Bean Breeding for Adaptation to a Changing Climate and Post-Conflict Colombia (BBACO)." BBACO will develop a suite of novel methods for the breeding, screening and adoption of heat-tolerant beans so as to create a more effective and efficient heat-tolerance breeding, delivery and adoption pipeline that will deliver poverty reduction, enhanced resilience and better nutritional outcomes via the efficient, targeted delivery and adoption of heat-tolerant bean genotypes. Crop modelling work in support of BBACO will develop and use the General Large Area Model (GLAM) using data from project partners, namely the University of Reading, and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia.

You will be part of the Climate Impacts Group in the School of Earth and Environment, which is led by Professor Andy Challinor. Working with this lively and able group will provide mutual support for the range of projects undertaken by the group.

You will have first degree in a quantitative science such as physics, maths, engineering, environment, ecology or computer science and a PhD (or be close to completing a PhD) in crop and/or climate modelling. You will also have some experience with the GLAM crop model, as well as the other experience, skills and qualifications listed below.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Andy Challinor

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3194,

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment

Category: Research

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.

Working Time: Due to funding limitations it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above £34,804 p.a.

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Fixed term until 31 March 2021 due to external funding)

Release Date: Monday 02 December 2019

Closing Date: Sunday 15 December 2019

Downloads: Candidate Brief

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