Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in European Food Systems Futures (TRANSMANGO)

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:15

The Environmental Change Institute’s Food Systems Programme is contributing to the University of Oxford's broad view of food systems by increasing understanding of the two-way interactions between food security and environmental change.

The Food Systems Programme is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant who will work with us to implement a project to explore the future of food systems.

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website or download the Job Description and Person Specification

Salary: £30,434 - £37,394

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Application Deadline: Friday 17 April 2015, interviews will be held on Friday 24 April 2015.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience of systematic mapping techniques and Fuzzy Cognitive Maps and System Dynamics Models. You must have a PhD or equivalent in geography, mathematics, engineering or systems analysis. The postholder will have the ability to liaise with inter-disciplinary research groups and previous experience of contributing to publications and presentations.

About the Project: TRANSMANGO FP7 Project

The TRANSMANGO project aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of the global drivers of change (climate, economic concentration and market structure, financial power, resource competition, marginalization, property rules, geo-political shifts, consumer preferences, consumption patterns and nutritional transition) on European and global food demand and on raw material production (and, consequently, on food flows). Vulnerability assessment methodologies and dynamic modelling tools will be reviewed, upgraded and developed to assess the resilience of Europe's agro-food sector and food security situation and to understand the sustainability frontiers of different food production systems under the new unfolding conditions.

The project will collect analytical data that will be used to design scenarios for the desired transition pathways in the food system. Based on these scenarios, TRANSMANGO (TM) will provide guidance to support the transition towards food security, sustainability and resilience and will offer recommendations to address Europe’s medium- and long-term food security. It will (i) progress the food and nutrition security (FNS) debate by addressing the shift from a ‘traditional’ analysis of FNS into ‘new’ and more systemic FNS approaches; (ii) develop novel ways of systems modelling that are capable of capturing the vast empirical diversity of securities, vulnerabilities and sovereignties around food in Europe and beyond; and (iii) integrate new modelling approaches, such as Fuzzy Cognitive Models, into existing transition theory to enable a better assessment of FNS vulnerabilities at different scales.

Reporting to the Food Systems Programme Leader, the post holder will be a member of the TRANSMANGO project team and the wider ECI Food Systems Research Group.  

This is a fixed-term post for 12 months.

Contact: HR Assistant, OUCE, 01865 285082

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