Research Assistant

  • Job Reference: 00001768-1
  • Date Posted: 9 February 2018
  • Recruiter: Duchy College Rural Business School
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Salary: £22,187 to £22,402
  • Sector: Education, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: End date 31st December 2019
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Based at Duchy College's Rural Business School at Stoke Climsland (with the option to work at the Rosewarne site), we are looking for an experienced individual to work with researchers involved in the Agri-tech Cornwall Project by providing support for a number of farm-resource management research projects, including on-farm soil monitoring.

 Applicants must have an appreciation of sustainable agricultural practice, particularly in relation to resource efficiency, climate change, soil management and enhanced farm biodiversity, a sound knowledge of farming and an interest in agricultural research.

The successful candidate will work with researchers involved in the Agri-tech Cornwall Project by providing support for a number of farm-resource management research projects, including:

  • Co-ordinating the collection of data from farms participating in the Cornwall Soil Carbon project so as to provide information on the relationship between key farm management practices and soil carbon levels. This work will involve visiting farms to collect soil samples and other data reflecting farm management practices, arranging for the analysis of soil samples and collating data and undertaking basic data analysis;
  • Participation in a manure and compost management project which will elicit and implement farmer feedback on the use of a new iteration of the FarmCrapApp manure management phone app. This work will involve visiting farmers and collecting data to demonstrate the use and impact of the app;
  • Participation in other ongoing research projects concerned with innovative farm resource management practices;
  • Providing general support to the Duchy College Cornwall Agri-tech project team.