Research Fellow in Agri-Sensors
Launched in 2007, by Syngenta Ltd, the e-Agri Sensors Centre (www.eee.manchester.ac.uk/e-agri) is domiciled in the School of EEE and led by Prof Bruce Grieve. It is staffed by post-doctoral researchers and graduate PhD students who each offer a diverse but complementary set of skills. The team receives commercial funding from agri-businesses, farming and other companies, to deliver highly applied electronics and sensing technologies which can operate in conjunction with more traditional agriscience products and techniques to offer new methods of farming and sustainable crop supply. This requires close collaboration with scientists from other disciplines and universities as well as Business School academics.
The group also benefits from additional funding, through the various Research Councils, for the longer term underlying sciences that may form the next generations of these technologies. The current team has grown to include seven full-time members and it is as a consequence of the continued expansion that this new Research Fellow position is now advertised.
You will be required to work at high level strategic platform with groups of farmers in regular meetings to align and co-ordinate technology development activities with the agenda set by the farmer groups. You will be required to work alongside and be able to represent a multidisciplinary team that delivers sensors systems which incorporate the interfacing-to and processing-of multiple transducer signals. Understanding the work of this team will be central to the role, enabling you to discuss the range of possible technologies with farmers, and communicate farmer needs, interests and emerging technology specifications to the multidisciplinary team, working with them to develop or adapt potential solutions. This may include working in interdisciplinary teams alongside materials engineers, analytical scientists, physicists, plant scientists and agronomists.
You will be required in some cases to manage Research Associates and report to the director of e-agri sensors.
It is a particular feature of this post that you will be required to work with colleagues from the social sciences, as part of a research project that aims to investigate an approach to research and development, as well testing the product of research and development.
The post is available immediately and offered initially for 22 month periods (1 FTE per annum). It is anticipated that the contracts will be extended subject to performance and continued project funding. Please use the Additional Information section of the application to address how you meet each of the essential criteria outlined in the Further Particulars.
Previous candidates need not apply.
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