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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Food Systems Studies

The University of Sydney has advertised a part-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Food Systems Studies.

Applications close 1 October 2018, 11.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)


Job Opportunity: Lancaster University

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £34,189 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Tuesday 25 September 2018
Interview Date:   Tuesday 09 October 2018
Reference:  A2403

Lancaster University wishes to appoint a Senior Research Associate – N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange (KE) who will work within Lancaster University and across the N8 universities, developing new and sustainable partnerships with key stakeholders of the N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme that generate positive impacts on the resilience of the Agri-food system. The N8 is a partnership of eight research–intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York to develop its Agri-Food Resilience Programme, N8 AgriFood. This multi-disciplinary initiative is aiming to transform agri-food research in the UK. The programme will build on the N8’s research strengths in science, engineering and the social sciences to address key global challenges in food security, including sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains, and improved nutrition and consumer behaviours.

You will focus on accelerating and amplifying the social and economic impact of the research insights generated within the programme. We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate a track record of co-evolving research with stakeholders, have a relevant research background and experience in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders within Higher Education and externally.

The post will commence 1 November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and be for 19 months.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor John Quinton, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 593654, j.quinton@lancaster.ac.uk or Professor Marian Rufino, tel. 01524 592819, m.rufino@lancster.ac.uk

Lancaster University welcomes applications from people in all diversity groups.

To view the position description and to apply, please visit the job listing here.

Job Opportunity: Agri-Food Researcher, Monash University (Part-Time, Casual)

This is a part-time casual research assistant position to assist in the research and administration of a DFAT funded fellowship program entitled: “Building resilience in agri-food systems in Asia through sustainable and equitable practices” run jointly by Monash University and the University of Newcastle.

The Chief Investigators seek a food researcher who has experience in any of the following areas: sustainable food systems, agro-ecology or food justice. The successful candidate will assist the Chief Investigators in administrating and managing the 3-week DFAT Fellowship program which will bring together fellows working in the area of sustainable food systems from India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The program will run from 18 June through to 8 July 2017. It will involve highly interactive workshops, field visits and research. Work will begin in February 2017 on a part time basis (1-2 days a week) before the fellowship commences, and will then progress to full time (5 days a week) for the duration of the fellowship. Travel both within Victoria and interstate (to NSW) will be required during the fellowship.The contract could extend on a part time basis to September 2017.

In addition to having good knowledge on agri-food systems, the candidate will need to have a strong eye for detail, good management ability and excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will be based in Melbourne at Monash University (Caulfield Campus), though it is not a requirement to be in the office since much of the work can be done online. However during the fellowship, the successful candidate will need to accompany the fellows and the CIs both in Victoria and in NSW.

If you are interested in this position and for more details, please kindly send an expression of interest and your CV to Jagjit Plahe.

Job Opportunity: Post-doctoral fellow with Biodiversity International

Topic: Integrating gendered knowledge and preferences into banana breeding in East Africa: from the end-users to the laboratory and back again

Context: Banana is the main staple food in the East and Central Africa (ECA) region, where over 50% of the cropping area is under permanent banana cultivation and per capita consumption can be as high as 300 kg per year. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the National Agricultural Research Organisation – Uganda (NARO) have jointly developed 27 hybrid East African Highland Bananas (EAHB), herein called NARITAs, that have good tolerance/resistance to pests and diseases. As part of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) funded project “Improvement of Banana for Smallholder Farmers in the Great Lakes Region of Africa” running from 2014-2019, Bioversity International will evaluate the NARITAs for their agronomic performance and consumer acceptance in a range of expected end-user environments and target markets in Uganda and Tanzania, using a participatory varietal selection methodology. The ultimate objective is to identify NARITAs that are well adapted to, and can be integrated into, existing EAHB farming systems.

Purpose of the role: Bioversity International is seeking a highly motivated Post Doctoral Fellow to conduct research on how to integrate gender-oriented research, especially gendered trait preferences, into the complete banana-breeding process. Banana-breeders historically prioritize hybrid creation for yield and resistance (pest, disease, abiotic) traits, without fully understanding all the traits important to the intended end-users. As banana cultivation, value-added processing, selling and consuming are frequently gender-specific, so too are the associated trait preferences. Breeding strategies that are blind to gender differences are likely to result in continued low rates of adoption, representing wasted investment, and potentially the reproduction of gender inequalities. Adoption of new varieties intersects with gender relations and possible intra-household inequality (i.e. control, access, and decision-making across a range of issue areas, such as land tenure, seed systems, cultivation, labour, capital, use of earned income, nutrition). Such social context must be understood to enable gender-responsive banana breeding.

Main responsibilities: The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Bioversity International Senior Scientist on Musa germplasm evaluation (based in Belgium) and Assistant Professor of International Development Community and Environment at Clark University (based in USA), and in close collaboration with other project partners (based in Tanzania, Uganda, Belgium and France). The Post Doctoral Fellow will be based in Kampala, Uganda, and conduct research within the cultivar evaluation activities of the project in five areas that were chosen for their different agro-ecological and production system characteristics: Arusha, Kagera and Mbeya districts (Tanzania), and Luwero and Mbarara districts (Uganda). The position will require regular in-country and cross-border travels.

The Post Doctoral Fellow will be expected to conduct research to answer three main research questions:

1. What are the gendered trait preferences for banana across the value chain, in the project areas?

2. What are the social contexts of the project areas within which the gendered trait preferences are exercised? In particular, what are the gender relations and possible inequities between men and women in a range of issue that are relevant for the adoption, or not, of new banana hybrids, such as land tenure, cultivation, labour, and capital.

3. Given the gendered trait preferences for banana across the value chain (Q1), the social context that these preferences operate in (Q2), and the specific traits of the 27 new hybrids that will be evaluated:

a) What are the possible gender consequences of introducing any of the hybrids into the local production systems and value chains of the project areas?

b) How can the project be implemented to ensure than men and women fully participate in project activities and benefit from the outputs, in order to achieve gender responsive outcomes?

More specifically, the Post Doctoral Fellow will:

 Code, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data collected during baseline studies in Tanzania and Uganda in 2015 and 2016;

 Upon the completion of baseline data analysis, conduct a validation exercise in each of the 5 study sites by presenting the initial findings to study participants, and conduct further focus group discussions and interviews to corroborate and enrich the results;

 Work with colleagues to integrate gender findings into banana breeding workflows, to ensure the gender-sensitive design and implementation of on-farm evaluation trials;

 Be active in the ongoing adaptive management of the project so that emerging knowledge from the gendered trait preferences, the social context of and the gender relations within the project areas can inform the existing and upcoming research activities;

 Develop indicators to measure gender-differentiated outcomes of the introduction of new hybrids into the project areas;

 Present findings at project meetings, to stakeholders, and at a relevant international conference;

 Co-author a series of Bioversity working papers, policy briefs and work with co-authors to prepare manuscripts for submission to relevant peer reviewed open-access journals.

Qualifications and competencies

Essential qualifications & competencies:

 PhD in a social science; preferred disciplines include sociology and rural sociology, anthropology,development studies, or geography. An economist with demonstrable experience in the use of qualitative data will be considered.

 Experience of working in the agricultural sector, and living in a rural community in a developing country.

 Knowledge of gender analysis in agriculture, environment, natural resources management, and rural sociology.

 Expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods, and experience using mixed methods.

 Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken.
Strong analytical and synthesizing skills; ability to think and write clearly and concisely on scientific documents and research proposals.

 Strong teamwork, interpersonal and communications skills; courtesy, tact and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different cultural and national backgrounds.

 Highly developed skills with personal organization and priority setting.

 Ability to work with a high degree of independence within assigned areas, complemented by sound judgment and initiative, flexibility and adaptability.
Desirable qualifications and competencies:

 Experience in an international working environment.

 Evidence of course work in Gender Mainstreaming, Gender in Development Planning and Gender Equity and Equality.

 Integrating field-based social science research into policy action or adaptive project monitoring and evaluation.

Terms and conditions: This is an internationally recruited position. Bioversity International offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary, non-contributory retirement plan, medical insurance, housing allowance and leave provisions. All benefits are denominated and paid in US Dollars. The initial contract will be for a period of one year, renewable for a second year, subject to a probationary period of six months.

Applications: Please apply online through Bioversity Job Opportunities web page by clicking the “Apply” button, completing the online application and attaching the required information, no later than 21 March, 2016. Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants.

Multiple opportunities with Trinity College, the University of Dublin

Four new openings for dynamic researchers are currently being advertised in relation to ERC-funded project based within the Geography Department, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin. Please note different deadline dates. Post summaries are provided below. Email: Anna Davies: daviesa@tcd.ie for full details and informal enquiries

SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies

1.      Research Assistant/Project coordinator: 12 months fixed term FT. IUA Research Assistant Level 1 Salary Scale (depending on experience/budget) – Deadline 16/11/15 at 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time)

2.      PhD Studentship: 4 years, tax-free stipend and payment of academic fees; fully for EU students and partially for non-EU students – Deadline 18/12/15 at 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time)

3.      2 x postdoctoral researchers: 2 years, IUA level 2, point 1 salary scale €37,750 pro rata – Deadline 18/12/15 at 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time)

PhD Post Summary

Applications are invited for a four year ERC (European Research Council) funded PhD studentship based at the Department of Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin, under the supervision of Professor Anna Davies and as part of the ERC-funded project SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies. The successful applicant will become a core member of the SHARECITY team (which will include the Principal Investigator, at least 4 postdoctoral researchers and a Research Assistant). This PhD project will contribute to the SHARECITY team’s conceptual and analytical development in the identification and classification of food sharing activities within cities globally. The successful candidate will assist in the development of a global database of city-based food sharing and undertake an in-depth ethnographic study of food sharing within one global city identified by the Principal Investigator. Research will include site visits, participant observation, interviews and netnographies of sharers (donors, facilitators and recipients) as well as co-designing and trialling a sustainability assessment toolkit with sharers and sharing regulators within the case study city. The final component of the PhD will include conducting a backcasting experiment with key stakeholders regarding the future of food sharing in cities. The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department of Geography, School of Natural Science and will become a member of Environmental Governance Research Group and the Future Cities Research Centre. General enquires concerning this post can be addressed to daviesa@tcd.ie

Post-doctoral Posts Summary

The Department of Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin, is seeking two Post-Doctorate Researchers to work with Professor Anna Davies on the ERC-funded project SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies. The successful applicants will be core members of the SHARECITY team (which will also include the Principal Investigator, further Post-Doctorate Researchers, a PhD student and a Research Assistant). The post-doctoral researchers will contribute to the first two phases of the SHARECITYproject, specifically focusing on a) conceptual and analytical development in the identification and classification of food sharing activities within cities to culminate in the development of a global database of 100 cities and b) in-depth ethnographic studies of food sharing within selected global cities identified through the database. The research will include site visits, participant observation, interviews and netnographies of sharers (donors, facilitators and recipients). The successful candidates will be hosted in the Department of Geography, School of Natural Science and will become members of Environmental Governance Research Group and the Future Cities Research Centre: https://www.tcd.ie/futurecities/. General enquires concerning these posts should be addressed to daviesa@tcd.ie

Research Assistant/ Project Coordinator Post Summary

The Department of Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin wishes to appoint a Research Assistant/Project Coordinator for a period of 12 months to work on the research project SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies, with Professor Anna Davies, Chair of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College. SHARECITY is funded by the European Research Council and is a collaborative, multi-phased investigation of the phenomenon of food sharing economies in cities. The successful applicant will become a core member of the SHARECITY team (which will include the Principal Investigator, at least 4 postdoctoral researchers and a PhD student). For further details regarding this post please contact Prof. Anna Davies:- daviesa@tcd.ie

Job Opportunity: The Ohio State University

The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track social scientist at the associate professor or professor level. The position will be located at the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The position is research and classroom teaching or extension education with a focus on coupling social and natural science to ensure sustainable water resources that improve agroecosystems in parallel to improving resilience to climate change. Ideal candidates will have experience leading/working in interdisciplinary research teams. The faculty member will initiate new transformative research projects with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university’s research on resilient and sustainable food security.

Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to model complex interactions as community systems that function at watershed or regional scales. A range of theoretical approaches and specific areas of research interest may be suitable for this position and candidates may emphasize community, organizational, or governmental-level decisions related to water resource management and related social and ecological services. This can include social relations pertaining to point and non-point source pollution, nutrient flows, and land use. Candidates who have a history of both outstanding disciplinary expertise and collaborative and interdisciplinary team research leadership, especially in programs focused on resilience and sustainability issues in food systems, are strongly encouraged to apply.

This will be a fulltime, 9-month, tenure-track appointment. This position is partially funded by OSU’s Discovery Themes Initiative (discovery.osu.edu), a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative transdisciplinary team of over 50 existing faculty and many external partners working toward Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health.

In addition, the successful candidate will be located within a larger community of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary research related to water and agrecosystem management. OSU has a number of long-standing and new initiatives on water linking over 250 faculty working on water related issues. Among these are initiatives such as the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Stone Lab in Lake Erie, the Sugar Creek Watershed Research Program near OARDC, and the Muskingum Watershed Water Quality Trading Program. The College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences has also been active in promoting the Global Water Initiative and the Field to Faucet Initiative focusing on solving the Lake Erie algal problem and other water quality issues with Ohio’s inland waters.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. The Ohio State University offers one of the most comprehensive benefits packages in the nation, which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; tuition authorization; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays; and State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) or an Alternative Retirement Program. A start-up package, including discretionary funding, will be provided.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Ohio State is an NSF Advance Institution.

Ph.d, and evidence of productivity and excellence in research and teaching sufficient to be appointed as an Associate Professor or Professor with tenure in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is required. Disciplinary expertise in a social science discipline that aligns with the School’s existing graduate specializations in Rural Sociology or Environmental Social Sciences. Preferred qualifications include experience developing or working in interdisciplinary research teams, and particularly in mentoring members of underrepresented groups.

Application Instructions:
The deadline for applications is August 24, 2015. Complete applications include a signed cover letter, including a statement that addresses your experience in mentoring members of underrepresented groups, and how you can help us achieve our goals, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. Submission of materials or questions may be directed to Dr. Linda Lobao at ENRFacultySearch@osu.edu