Research Fellow in Machine Learning for Crop-Climate Modelling

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

June 29, 2022


Research Fellow in Machine Learning for Crop-Climate Modelling

Are you a skilled programmer with an interest in working in a multi- disciplinary team? Are you ready to help develop fibre-rich white bread for UK consumers? Do you have excellent mathematical and Machine Learning experience?

We seek a motivated and versatile post-doctoral researcher to work on a three- year UKRI-funded project to model crop responses to climate variability and change using the machine learning (ML) version of the GLAM crop model. The project, “Increasing UK Dietary Fibre – The Case for the Great White British Loaf”, will work towards transformation of the UK wheat supply chain to sustainably supply fibre-rich white bread to UK consumers. The project provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain experience of a diverse range of agricultural and food economics research challenges and techniques.

White bread accounts for 76% of bread sold in the UK with around 12 million loaves being sold each day. Its high popularity, the need for increased fibre in the diet, and slow acceptance of changes to high dietary fibre offerings (e.g. towards wholegrain), means increasing the fibre content of white bread is highly likely to assist in increasing overall UK dietary fibre intake.

By developing the core crop-climate modelling capability for the project, you will be key to the project's success. The team comprises seven Research Fellows, plus PIs, including food and behavioural scientists, economists, wheat experts and mathematical food chain modellers based at the Universities of Reading and Leeds, as well as Rothamsted Research, working with industrial partners across the UK wheat supply chain.

You will work within the collegiate and dynamic environment of the Climate Impacts group, which is part of the School of Earth and Environment, and the cross-campus Priestley International Centre for Climate, and the Global Food and Environment Institute. Find out more about these in the Additional Information section below.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Andy Challinor, Chair of Climate Impacts

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3194


Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a. Working Time: 100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 30 September 2025 – due to external funding) Release Date: Wednesday 08 June 2022 Closing Date: Wednesday 29 June 2022 Reference: ENVEE1569 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed...