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Graduate Teaching Assistant in Agricultural Economics
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF29252

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 26/06/2019

Job live date: 06/06/2019

Salary: £24,771 pro rata per annum

Employment type: AAS-Clerical

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 9

Employment Basis/Type: Part time; Fixed Term

Applications are invited for the post of Graduate Teaching Assistant in Agricultural Economics within the Applied Economics and Marketing department within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. This is an exciting new opportunity which will allow the post holder to study for a PhD in applied economics, linked to the UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) “Trade, Development and the Environment Hub”, whilst contributing to student learning and undertaking teaching activities in the area of agricultural economics. The PhD Studentship is full-time for a fixed period of 4 years during which the post holder will be paid a salary (circa £6K) and stipend roughly equivalent to £11K per annum and will have PhD fees waived.  Applicants must submit a formal application for a PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Food Economics in parallel to their application for a GTA post.

The School has a range of world class teaching and research facilities, a sizable and vibrant PhD community

The appointee is expected to pursue doctoral research that links closely to the activities being undertaken in GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub, led by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and to contribute to the educational activities of the School.

The GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub is addressing the impact of trade, whether in resources sourced from the wild such as bushmeat and skins, or in commodities such as palm oil, on livelihoods and the environment. The project aims to reduce the loss of biodiversity and environmental damage that is often associated with increases in international, regional, and domestic trade, whilst recognising the important role that trade can play in reducing poverty and enhancing prosperity in lower-income countries. Research will be based in South America, Africa and Asia.

We are particularly interested in research that aims to understand the drivers of the trade, including institutions, and governance structures, with regards to one or more of the following globally: wildmeat, live animals, and skins (focusing on Tanzania and the Congo Basin); palm oil (focusing on production in Indonesia and Congo Basin); coffee; beef; rubber; bamboo and rattan; soy (focusing on production in Brazil); sugar and rice (focusing on production in Tanzania). We will also consider proposals that address, for example, the impact of international trade in one or more of these commodities on livelihoods or ecosystem services.

You will have:

  • Excellent verbal, digital and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide clear feedback to students and peers in a clear and constructive way
  • An MSc or MPhil in a relevant area (for example, applied economics or agricultural economics) equivalent to a high merit or above
  • Meet the academic and language requirements for a PhD offer from the University of Reading

Closing date: 26/06/2019

Interview date: 05/07/2019

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Head of Academic Department (Applied Economics and Marketing)

Contact role:

Professor of Agricultural Economics

Contact name:

Professor Elizabeth Robinson

Contact name:

Professor Srinivasan

Contact phone:

+44 (0) 118 378 5039

Contact phone:

+44 (0) 118 378 8966

Contact email:

Contact email:

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.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


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