Research Assistant (Food Data Analytics and Supply Chain)

University of Lincoln
February 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:£29,619
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Contract Type:fixed term until 31
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Research Assistant (Food Data Analytics and Supply Chain) National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Location: Holbeach Salary: From £29,619 per annum Please note, this post is fixed term until 31 December 2024, and full time at 1.0 FTE. Closing Date: Monday 06 February 2023 Interview Date: Wednesday 22 February 2023 Reference: COS955

The food and beverage cluster in Lincolnshire is the largest in the UK and the sector is experiencing significant growth and where food manufacturing is central to the Greater Lincolnshire LEP's inward investment plans. The National Centre for Food Manufacturing's (NCFM) new £10m campus includes an Innovation Centre with labs, test kitchen, sensory suite, teaching rooms, and a Digital Food Manufacturing Technologies Centre, part of the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology, complementing the Food Automation, Robotics and Processing Research Centre. We are Headquartered on the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach at the heart of the UK Food Valley where we create bespoke, high quality business space for new businesses and SMEs; specifically, in the agri-tech sector across our region.

The post holder will act as part of NCFM's dynamic team of professionals who are adept at working with businesses. The Centre for Food and Fresh Produce Logistics is a project aimed at supporting the innovation needs of Agri-food businesses and those in the supply chain in partnership with Boston Borough Council and the UK Fresh Produce Network and the post holder will work as part of a team delivering transformational and innovative projects in food and beverage companies in Boston and the wider region.

The role is focused on the delivery of low carbon strategies in the food and beverage industry and it requires expertise in data analysis and, ideally, working with open coding and programming environments; preferably using applications such as GitHub, R, QGIS, ARCGIS and Google Earth Engine.

You will ideally have a degree in a technology focussed subject or a relevant discipline. Essential skills for this role include; excellent communication and writing skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving skill, collaboration skills, attention to detail, accurate record keeping, flexible attitude to work, proactive and willing to learn new skills and to undertake training on key pieces of equipment as required. The data produced and analysed as part of these projects will be transferred to a range of outputs including publications and presentations. Therefore, knowledge or experience of scientific writing and experience of writing a data management plan is essential. Working with a multidisciplinary team and industrial partners will be integral to this role. Therefore, effective communication and interpersonal skills are required. The post offers an outstanding opportunity for a motivated and committed researcher to work within a dynamic, industry facing university environment and gain valuable experience in partnering in research with businesses, some of whom are at the cutting edge of technological innovation for the food sector.

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