Researcher (Soil Carbon)

Job reference: REQ01039
Application closing date: 08/04/2020
Location: Duchy Stoke College - Climsland
Salary: CC34, 23,910 per annum

Job description

Soil Carbon Researcher, Duchy College Stoke Climsland, CC33, 23,910, Closing Date Wednesday 8th April 2020, Hours per week: 37. Weeks per year: 52. (This is a fixed term role until 30/05/2021).

Based at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, we are looking for a soil carbon researcher to join a team working on a number of initiatives concerned with understanding and measuring the impact of farm management on soil quality and the farm economy.

Applicants must have a degree in agricultural, soil or crop science or a related discipline, and a demonstrable interest in sustainable agriculture. The candidate should have research experience and be a good communicator.

The role:

The Soil Carbon project is one of a suite of research projects funded via the Agri-tech Cornwall project, with the objective of furthering our understanding and measuring the impacts of farm management on soil quality, and in particular soil carbon. It is a collaborative project between Duchy College, Plymouth University and Rothamsted Research and works closely with a number of locally-based businesses. The successful candidate will work primarily within the team of researchers involved in the Soi Carbon project as well as other externally funded projects concerned with understanding soil quality and management in relation to climate change. The work will include:

  • Co-ordinating the collection of data from farms participating in the Cornwall Soil Carbon project, to provide information on the relationship between key farm management practices and soil carbon levels. This work will involve visiting farms to collect soil samples and other data reflecting farm management practices, arranging for the analysis of soil samples and collating data and undertaking basic data analysis;
  • Conducting farm carbon foot-printing of a large sample of farms and relating this data to soil carbon content. This work will involve liaising with participating farmers, physical collection of data, modelling and analysis of data and reporting outputs to farmers, the wider industry and policy makers;
  • Create, develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with academics, businesses and organisations working in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development;
  • Represent the project and present the results of the research to a range of interested stakeholders as required;
  • Participation in other ongoing research projects concerned with calculating and benchmarking farm resource efficiency;
  • Providing general support to the Duchy College Cornwall Agri-tech project team.
  • Contributing to occasional further and higher education teaching programmes concerned with farm resource efficiency.

Interviews are currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 21st April 2020.

posted: 24 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.