Postdoc and PhD researcher positions available at University of Manchester

Agricultural jobs

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Agricultural Climate Risk :

This position is part of a UK-funded research project, in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute and Indian insurance providers, to design improved weather index-based insurance to enhance resilience of smallholder farmers to risks posed by extreme weather and climate change. As part of this project, you will develop approaches to improve field-level crop yield estimation in India using crop models, satellite remote sensing, and in-situ imagery, and machine learning. The position is funded for an initial period of 12 months (starting asap), and the
deadline for applications is 7 February 2019.

Applications can be made using the following link or via email:

PhD Studentship in Irrigation Poverty Traps in the Eastern Gangetic Plains :

This PhD project will seek to improve understanding about the biophysical and social processes that shape groundwater use in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, and identify opportunities for intensifying sustainably groundwater use to improve food security and reduce rural poverty. Working with partners in Nepal and/or India, the selected student will use remote sensing, field surveys, and agro-economic modelling approaches to evaluate current constraints to groundwater irrigation, and explore the capacity of alternative adaptation strategies to enhance groundwater access and improve farmer livelihoods. The studentship is fully-funded for 3.5 years, and comes with a generous travel and training budget.
The deadline for applications is 6 February 2019.

Applications can be made through the following link or via email:

For further details see For informal discussions about the position, candidates can contact Tim Foster via email (