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Current vacancies at NRI


Natural Resources Institute

Current Vacancies at NRI


The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) (www.nri.org) is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary centre at the University of Greenwich that undertakes research, consultancy and training in order to discover, apply and share knowledge in support of global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of exciting career opportunities at NRI. Since you expressed an interest in our 'Jobs and Consultancy Opportunities' we thought you may like to learn more about these vacancies. Please feel free to share this message with your friends and colleagues.


Head of Department, Food and Markets

Location: Natural Resources Institute, Medway campus
Salary: £56,482 to £67,413
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 965

NRI's Food and Markets Department is an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary group of natural and social scientists addressing the challenges faced by farmers and fishers in the postharvest arena. We work with public and private sector partners around the world to find viable and sustainable solutions to value chain challenges. We apply our knowhow and skills to implement globally important programmes of research and innovation in rural and natural resource development.

The Department conducts world-leading research and enterprise work in value chain development, agricultural trade and standards, post-harvest losses and value addition, rural finance, and food safety and quality management. The Department also delivers MSc programmes in Food Safety and Quality Management and Food Innovation.

We seek a Head of Department to lead a dynamic team of natural and social scientists dedicated to achieving the strategic aims of NRI. Internationally recognised in their chosen field, the post holder will be an experienced manager, with a proven track record in managing research, encouraging excellence and winning business. The Head of Department will be responsible to the Director of NRI for the management of staff and other resources devolved to the Department. The postholder will also deliver the department's section of the NRI business plan and strategic aims. It is anticipated that the appointment will be made at Professorial level.

The position is based in the UK but with opportunities for regular short-term overseas travel.

Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss the post with Professor Andrew Westby, Director of NRI, and Professor Ben Bennett, Deputy Director of NRI.
    
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Food Safety Specialist

Location: Natural Resources Institute, Medway campus
Food and Markets Department
Salary: £37,394 to £45,954
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 966

NRI wishes to employ a Food Safety Specialist to contribute to the teaching, research and consultancy work in the areas of Food Safety and Quality Management. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in teaching/training (familiarity with “e” or distance learning is desirable) with experience of planning and execution of laboratory or field-based research. The postholder will also support bids for external funding and contribute to the development of curricula, feedback, student experience, student welfare, assessment and progression.

Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss the post with Richard Fuchs (r.s.fuchs@gre.ac.uk : +44 (0)1634 883706) or Ben Bennett (b.bennett@gre.ac.uk +44 (0)1634 883064)

The position will involve short-term overseas travel.

Interview dates to be advised.

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Bioinformatician

Location: Natural Resources Institute, Medway campus
Agriculture and Health Department Department
Salary: £31,342 to £45,954
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Closing Date: Monday 14 September 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 857-E

NRI's Agriculture, Health and Environment Department (AHED) is expanding its portfolio of whitefly research substantially, through a recent grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to carry out research on "African Cassava Whitefly: Outbreak Causes and Sustainable Solutions." A key component to the expansion will be the de novo assembly and annotation of the African cassava whitefly genome, as the lack of accurate sequence information is one key constraint for the future development of cassava whitefly-control strategies.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Bioinformatician to work directly with scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI, Cambridgeshire, UK) to assemble and annotate whole genome and transcriptome sequence data from B. tabaci cassava and related populations. Comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies will be combined with phylogenetic analyses to understand the genetic basis for only specific populations being able to colonise cassava, as well as why certain populations are 'superabundant' on cassava. The sequence data will also be analysed to develop targets for rapid whitefly typing and novel intervention strategies.

The successful candidate will be based at NRI (Chatham, Kent, UK), but will work closely with bioinformaticians at EBI and the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) as well as the project's research partners in East Africa, China, Colombia, Israel and the USA. The ability to undertake some short term travel to collaborating institutes is therefore an essential requirement of this role.

On a daily basis you will work in collaboration with existing PhD students at NRI and the EBI to assemble and annotate particular gene families of interest, as well as assist in the design and execution of molecular biology experiments (PCR, qPCR, sequencing) to verify particular assemblies and sequence variations identified. The successful candidate must have proven experience of handling large next generation sequence datasets, as well as a good publication record. Experience in relevant molecular biology laboratory techniques will be considered an advantage.

This position offers exciting opportunities, both to work as part of a large global team aiming to find sustainable control strategies to the African cassava whitefly, as well as to play a major role in the set-up of bioinformatics facilities at The Natural Resources Institute.

The post is fixed term until 31 October 2018.

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