School of Water Environment and Energy
Environment and Agrifood

Reader / Professor in Environment Systems for Agriculture

Flexible working will be actively considered
Reader: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of 54,003 to 60,192 per annum, with potential progression up to 75,238 per annum
Professorial: Competitive salary
Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Cranfield University's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

As part of our continued pursuit of excellence and achievement, we are looking for either a Reader or Professor to support our long-term plans and further strengthen core areas of our research and teaching within Environment and Agrifood.

The Environment and Agrifood Theme is based in the School of Water, Energy & Environment (SWEE). You would be part of the Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Informatics. The Centre has leading UK expertise in data sciences, informatics, and decision sciences, coupled with novel sensor technology and informatics development.

About the Role

Certain challenges require a wider range of disciplines and perspectives to deliver more transformational environmental solutions. We seek an established research leader to integrate our management expertise in sustainability, resilience and leadership with our engineering, agricultural and environmental science, and digital expertise.

Through collaboration with our established teams, and your national and international networks you will create an interdisciplinary research programme here at Cranfield, that will produce a step change in our ambitions to provide solutions that will address key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's), including net zero, food security and biodiversity loss. As post holder, you will lead the area of quantitative decision making critical to these interlinked global challenges, and contribute fully to national and international research agenda to build capacity here at Cranfield to help address these challenges.

About You

You will hold a PhD in a Science or Engineering discipline, environmental and/or agricultural systems modelling and/or their socio-economic analysis. (or related subject area).

In addition to this, as an established research leader, you will also have an active research programme in the quantitative analysis of the environmental implications of the interlinked global challenges of food security, achieving Net Zero, and reversing biodiversity loss.

About Cranfield University

This post is strongly aligned with our new University strategy of combining expertise from across the University with that of our partners through the launch of several pan-University initiatives. These include the Aviation and the Environment programme launched in 2019, which includes senior joint appointments between the Schools in order to better collaborate to reduce the environmental impact of aviation and the four Grand Challenges launched in 2020 (Green Technologies, Connected Resilience, Smart Living and Security for Development, Green Economic Recovery), which draw experts from different part of the University together into teams. We work in collaboration with organisations across the business, public and third sectors to generate practical solutions based on technological advances. Cranfield University is an ideal base to develop and deliver tangible and impactful solutions to meet Net Zero Carbon targets and the UN SDG's.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Flexible Working

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Ron Corstanje, Professor of Environmental Data Science & Head of Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Informatics on (E):

Apply online now. If you have any queries regarding our recruitment process, please contact on Please quote reference number 3809.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 28 Novemeber 2021

posted: 19 November 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.