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Professor in Sustainable Beef and Sheep Production (3-year fixed term contract, Part time 0.5 FTE)

Agriculture & Environment

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  Commencing salary will be up to £62,767
The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - up to 3 years duration
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 24 January 2021
Reference:  AW-309

This appointment represents an exciting new development by the University to expand and strengthen our animal production science teaching and research and form a strong partnership with a leading industry partner. The post holder will work alongside the experienced Animal Systems team within the Agriculture and Environment department and mentor an early career lecturer in the delivery of Beef and Sheep teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to have a close affinity with the beef sector and to enhance research within this area. The post is funded by Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) and the post holder will have the responsibility for leading and developing this partnership through coordination of activities including knowledge transfer and consultancy for ABP as part of this collaboration. The close proximity of the ABP R & D farm will facilitate further research opportunities. 

This is a career-enhancing appointment for a highly qualified and focused academic who will be given the academic freedom to develop their own research group. The post requires dedication and commitment to the highest academic principles and offers a unique opportunity in a highly important subject area.

Suitable candidates will have a good first degree and a higher degree in farm animal production science or related area with a track record suitable for the position of Chair in Sustainable Beef Production. Candidates should have a strong profile within the animal production sector with key experience and interest in the specialist areas of beef and sheep production. The postholder will also be expected to generate research funding to support their activities in collaboration with ABP and other approved partners. The appointee will be expected to support a junior lecturing post being advertised concurrently and provide mentorship support within the general area of sustainable livestock systems.

If you have any queries or questions or for an informal discussion please contact Professor Michael Lee via email on or Dr Andy Wilcox via email on

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of criminal records via the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.  This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions.

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 



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