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Elizabeth Creak Chair in Agricultural Innovation and Extension
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF25928 - R

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 11/02/2019

Job live date: 07/01/2019

Salary: Competitive salary

Employment type: AR-Academic (Professor)

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Agri-Food Economics and Social Science

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Permaent

Our aim is to ensure the appointed Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust (ECCT) Chair integrates across the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development to help inform and drive our strategy in relation to innovation, business creation, on-farm extension, technology adoption and knowledge exchange.

This high-profile appointment will have expertise in agricultural innovation and a strong awareness of approaches to on-farm technology adoption in the UK and Europe and put in place practical mechanisms to ensure that both the needs of farmers are considered within the context of research and that new research and innovations are appropriately communicated and assisted on-farm when necessary. The position would suit agricultural economist/social scientist with a strong interest in farmer behaviour, change management and taking new innovations to market or an innovation-led agricultural scientist with an interest in on-farm adoption of technology.

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at Reading, of which this post holder would be a member of staff,  is global in its outlook and has an international reputation for both education and research. It was recently ranked 6th in the World QS subject rankings for Agriculture and Forestry in 2018. Within the University of Reading, SAPD has strong research links with the School of Biological Sciences, Geography & Environmental Science, and Food and Nutritional Sciences and has an established reputation for inter-disciplinary research. The appointee will be expected to engage with other relevant multi-disciplinary groupings, for example, the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, Agri-metrics and environmental and animal scientists within the School. The School provides a welcoming, supportive and progressive environment for career development and consists of a learning and research community from over 40 different nations, was highly ranked in the last REF and prides itself on its multi-disciplinary research and education.

You will have:

  • Excellent communication and team leadership skills

  • Doctorate in a relevant subject area

  • Broad understanding of agricultural innovation and a clear understanding of agricultural business and the current UK/European agricultural policy landscape

  • Ability to provide a high quality educational experience

  • Profile of outputs and impact consistent with a strong REF submission

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Head of School

Contact role:

Head of Research Division

Contact name:

Professor Julian Park

Contact name:

Professor Elizabeth Robinson

Contact phone:

(+44) 118 378 6686

Contact phone:

(+44) 118 378 5039

Contact email:

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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