Research Leader – Mathematical Modeller (Fixed Term for 1 year initially)


Based at East Malling in Kent, NIAB EMR is an internationally renowned plant science organisation conducting research on horticultural crops and their interactions with the environment, with particular emphasis on perennial and clonally propagated fruit crops. NIAB EMR is part of The NIAB Group, the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation, with rapidly expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, Government and academia. Employing more than 400 people across the UK, NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors.


We wish to appoint a Modeller in the Crop Science and Production Systems department to support the rapid expansion of our activities. The appointee will primarily be involved in a portfolio research projects aimed at improving resource use efficiency and consistency of fruit quality for the soft and tree fruit sectors.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded, high impact research programme on the development of mathematical models simulating the effects of abiotic stresses and environmental conditions on crop performance, in the context of climate change. The appointee will be involved in the Innovate UK project “Tools and Technology for Predicting Tomato Glasshouse Production”, aiming at modelling fruit ripening response to climate and microclimate (mainly temperature and light levels) and perform statistical analyses of existing datasets. The appointee will perform response curve fitting, parameter estimations and sensitivity analyses of the models currently under development.

The successful candidate will be expected to innovate, develop their own areas of research and activity seek research funding, whilst developing collaborative contacts both nationally, internationally and within the NIAB group. We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge of UK and overseas horticulture, and experience in a wide range of science disciplines including plant Biology. Communication via peer-reviewed publications, at conferences and in talks to the industry, will be essential.
The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic individual with good organisational and time management skills, able to work independently as well as within a team. Previous experience in field and/or laboratory work is essential. A full driving license or access to independent means of transport is essential as is the willingness to work flexible hours.

The appointment will be on Pay Band 6, £29,198 per annum. 25 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays, pleasant working environment and eligibility to join the company pension scheme upon appointment.

Further details and an application form can be obtained by e-mail from Please include a detailed CV with your application. Please contact Julien Lecourt for informal enquiries. Closing date: 8th August 2018

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