Research Fellow in Sustainable Farming Systems and Life Cycle Assessment
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have
an established background in farming systems research? Do you want to further
your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?
You will work as part of a team on the Innovate UK and Defra Farming
Innovation Pathways (FIP) industrial research project ‘Developing a Circular
Economy for UK Pig Production through Green Ammonia Harvesting'
(PigProGrAm). PigProGrAm is a collaborative project with industry that has a
vision to develop and demonstrate a novel farm-focused solution for the
harvesting of green ammonia from livestock. This innovation will help to
create a more sustainable livestock industry in the UK, reducing the
environmental impacts of production by reducing ammonia emissions, whilst at
the same time creating an additional income stream for farmers. The project
takes a circular approach to sustainability by demonstrating potential
reductions in the carbon footprint of pig production by including a low carbon
feed through to the harvesting of ammonia and its use either directly or
indirectly via hydrogen production as a net-zero fuel and power source, either
on-farm, or in other applications.
The University of Leeds is leading on the Baseline Carbon Footprint Work
Package. Working in partnership with the Agriculture and Horticulture
Development Board (AHDB) alongside other project partners, the post holder
will utilise data collected from environmental monitoring equipment installed
on a commercial farm in Yorkshire to conduct a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA),
both pre- and post-intervention to model and validate the impacts of the
harvesting of green ammonia from livestock. The post holder will also
identify, plan and deliver dissemination events to be hosted at the University
of Leeds National Pig Centre (NPC), which is part of the UK's Agri-Tech
Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).
You should have A PhD (or close to completion) in sustainable agriculture,
agri-environment or a closely allied discipline. You should also have
experience in and knowledge of: the conduct of life cycle assessments in an
agricultural or environmental context; working closely with external
stakeholders and industry partners; advanced statistical analysis; and data
analysis techniques. We will support you to develop your skills through
training and mentoring, whilst also providing opportunities to develop your
grant writing skills.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please
Frank Dunshea, Professor of Animal Growth Development
Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute: School of Biology
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Due to funding limitations it is unlikely an appointment will be made above
Working Time: 100%
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (available for 12 months due to external
Release Date: Thursday 13 January 2022
Closing Date: Thursday 03 February 2022
Downloads: Candidate Brief
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