Research Assistant/Research Associate in Environmental Metrics

Department of Engineering, West Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 12th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £27,116 - £40,927
  • REF: NM28970
  • Closes: 26th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

A position exists for a Research Assistant /Research Associate in the Centre for Industrial Sustainability to work on the Standardising Environmental Metrics for Food Businesses Going Beyond Legal Compliance (SEEBEYOND) project, funded by the Environment Agency via BEIS Regulators’ Pioneer Funds.

This project focuses on developing standardised environmental metrics to help food businesses improve environmental performance going beyond legal compliance. The post holder will conduct critical assessment on various methodologies, metrics and standards for measuring environmental performance at company-, site- and product-level. Meanwhile, the post holder will also support the development of standardised environmental metrics for food and drink businesses.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an excellent understanding of environmental impacts of food sector and advanced skills in developing environmental metrics. You will be an excellent communicator, with enthusiasm for working with colleagues in different disciplines and an interest in addressing real-world problems.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are a PhD (or close to obtaining) in Engineering, Environmental Science, Ecology, Computer Science, Operations Management, Quality Management, Design or other relevant disciplines or a related scientific discipline, and research experience in all or some of the following areas:

  • Data analytics
  • Systematic literature review
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Input-output analysis
  • Material flow analysis
  • Assessment of conservation
  • Carbon footprint calculation
  • Water footprint calculation

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Research Assistant: £27,116 – £31,406. Research Associate: £33,309 – £40,927.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Ms Frances Bycroft

Please quote reference NM28970 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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