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Fixed Term Technical Innovation Experts (Food or Engineering) for the agri-food and agri-tech sector - two posts

Executive Team

Salary:   £38,833 to £49,149
Entry point will be dependent upon relevant qualifications & experience
Closing Date:   Friday 01 June 2018
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  PM-TIE

Harper Adams University is looking to appoint to 2 FTEs with people with expertise in the agri-tech and agri-food sector. The University has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the delivery of a project called Agri-tech Growth and Resources for Innovation (AGRI). This project will support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the Marches Local Economic Partnership (LEP) area to innovate in order to exploit the growing market opportunities particularly in agri-tech/agri-food. The project will also support other SMEs seeking to enter the agri-food supply chain. It will deliver both short and longer term one-to-one assistance, workshops and innovation collaboration opportunities to ninety SMEs.

The initiative will assist Marches SMEs to develop new products and services and break into new agri-food markets. Longer term outcomes will include turnover increases and job creation. Support will be delivered at SME company premises as well as from the National Centre for Precision Farming and Agri EPI Centre at the University. The project will be delivered jointly by Aston and Harper Adams universities.

The University will consider applications for both full time and part time appointments. Please specify your preference.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

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”.