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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (GCRF Cocoa Soils Project)
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF28899

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 21/06/2019

Job live date: 21/05/2019

Salary: £30,395 - £32,236 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Crop Production

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed Term until 31st March 2021

We seek a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to work on a BBSRC-GCRF funded project on improvement of cocoa soils in Ghana through composting and biochar production, running to March 2021.

The post will involve working with partners in Ghana to design and implement greenhouse, on-station and on-farm trials (spending up to six weeks per year in Ghana). It will also involve conducting controlled environment experiments at Reading and oversight of analyses of plant/ soil samples.

You will have:

  • PhD in Crop Science, Soil Science or other relevant discipline (or are due to obtain this imminently)
  • Excellent knowledge of composting and biochar
  • Experience of both field and greenhouse trials

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Dr Andrew Daymond

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Prof Paul Hadley

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Closing date: 21/06/2019

Interview date: 05/07/2019

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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