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Digital Development Fellow

Food and Markets

Location:  Medway campus
Salary:  £33,199 to £38,460
Contract Type:  Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 02 October 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  E3021

Do you have what it takes to make an impact on global food and nutrition security? We are looking for exceptional candidates to help drive forward our work to improve the lives of poor people. 

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI – https://www.nri.org/) of the University of Greenwich carries out specialised research, teaching, training and consultancy with a focus on food, agriculture, environment and sustainable livelihoods.  

NRI is currently expanding its interdisciplinary research excellence to address food and nutrition security, especially in Africa. This expansion is funded by UKRI’s Research England under the ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ scheme. Elements of this new investment include new staff, PhD studentships, infrastructure and partnerships (see www.nri.org/FanSI). Investment will be across four specific areas:

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

  • Food Loss and Waste

  • Food Systems for Improved Nutrition

NRI’s work is globally respected and has won many awards including a recent Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. The Institute is located at the University’s vibrant Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

NRI is looking to appoint a Fellow (Lecturer level) in Digital Development across the Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI).  The focus on the role will be on high quality research, but there could be a contribution to teaching activities of 10-15%.  There are likely to opportunities to supervise postgraduate MPhil/PhD students.

Working within larger inter-disciplinary teams, the Digital Development Fellow will contribute to expanding NRI’s portfolio of research and enterprise activities in the field of food and nutrition security that are driven by Information Communication Technologies and/or data.Working collaboratively with other NRI researchers, the Digital Development Fellow will contribute to the development of a wide range of new initiatives across the spectrum of food systems including production, value/supply chain management, food safety and food loss and waste reduction.  

It is anticipated that work will focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  Previous experience in this region would be an advantage.  International travel is an expectation of the role

A successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant subject area, experience of developing and applying and/or researching digital solutions in an agricultural/business development context and have published some of their previous work in peer reviewed journals. 

For informal enquiries, please contact either the relevant programme leader (Professor Ben Bennett; Ben.Bennett@gre.ac.uk) or Head of Department (Dr Andy Frost; A.I.Frost@gre.ac.uk).




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