Research Assistant / Associate / Fellow in Food Systems

University of Nottingham Department of Biosciences

United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow - Food Systems Learning-Support Specialist (fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 11th December 2020
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are seeking a candidate with interests in developing new learning environments in food systems. The role holder, who will have a post-graduate qualification, will join a close-working, multidisciplinary and international team on the MAPS project. They will contribute to the development of new university modules appropriate for use in multiple countries, and professional community-of-practice learning resources. This will include the development of user-centred approaches and open-source web delivered learning and examination tools.

The MAPS project (Micronutrient Action Policy Support) is a major investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). It aims to develop an online tool to enable a range of stakeholders to engage with data on dietary micronutrient supply and status in food systems. The tool will allow exploration of spatial factors affecting micronutrient supply, and the linking of data with other modelling tools to allow the assessment of policies and interventions. The tool includes user-support embedded throughout its design, and will form the core of new learning resources, from undergraduate through to professional-level courses.

The role holder will contribute to the development of MAPS tool and learning resource interfaces through digital and interview/workshop approaches. This will include the development of a university level education platform, working with colleagues to enable links between the tool and educational resources, support module convenor(s), and organise testing/evaluation of the system. Similar approaches will be used to create professional development content.

The role will require close working with project colleagues across the disciplines of agriculture, human nutrition, economics, as well as agricultural ethics, (geo)statistical, data architecture and web-development specialists. The successful candidate can, for this reason, come from any background in these food systems disciplines, or education. A capacity to communicate with partners and to contribute proactively to the project goals is critical, along with a willingness to engage with external stakeholders.  At the same time the project will offer the opportunity to contribute ideas and support collaborative publications.

This post is being offered at either Research Assistant (Level 4a) or at Research Associate/Fellow (Level 4RCTG/Level 4).  Please see the relevant role profile giving details of the essential criteria for each level.

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract until 31 October 2023. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Martin Broadley email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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