Beth von Gunten
Ventura County, California
>Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 14:34:27 GMT0BST
>Subject: RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
>Reply-To: "STEPHEN RAMSDEN" <Stephen.Ramsden@nottingham.ac.uk>
>Organization: Faculty of Agric SB, Univ of Nottm
>This message outlines particulars for a RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP available at the
>Division of Agriculture and Horticulture, University of Nottingham (Sutton
>If anyone is interested in the position, would they please send details as
>requested below. Could members of the mailbase also bring the position to the
>attention of any suitable candidates not on the mailbase.
>Further particulars for the position of Research Assistant
>The person appointed will be working as part of a 3-year research programme,
>currently being conducted jointly by ADAS and the University of Nottingham. The
>programme title is 'The Timescale of Potential Farm Level Responses and
>Adaptations to Climate Change in England and Wales'.
>The research seeks to identify the timescale and range of future strategic
>decisions available to individual farmers across England and Wales, to
>the impacts of climate change. The approach is to model the impact of climate
>change on crop growth and development and ultimately crop yield, using Crop
>Growth Models (CGMs). The output from the CGMs will form the input into Farm
>Level Models (FLMs) developed for major farm types in England and Wales. These
>models will be used to assess the impact of climate change on farm income,
>enterprise mix and resource use for a range of future periods. The results from
>the farm level models will form an important input into assessing the responses
>available to farmers in adapting to climate change.
>Role of Research Assistant
>The person appointed will be based at Sutton Bonington Campus, University of
>Nottingham. As part of the Nottingham team, the Research Assistant will be
>involved in the construction, validation and running of the FLMs for each
>farm types, using conventional mathematical programming techniques. The work
>· adaptation of existing FLMs to cover the full range of farm types
>· validation and sensitivity analysis of FLMs under current conditions
>· incorporation of CGM output into the FLMs
>· running of FLMs for different time periods under climate change
>· interpretation of and dissemination of results to other team members
>· report writing
>Qualifications and Experience
>Applications are invited from candidates who possess at least an upper second
>class honours degree in a quantitative subject, preferably linked to
>agriculture, together with research experience in mathematical programming.
>Candidates lacking in experience, but having a strong aptitude for this type of
>research, will also be considered. The successful applicant will ideally have
>knowledge of either Visual XPRESS (or XPRESS-MP) or GAMS.
>The position attracts a salary of £15,159-£22,785 pa. The appointment will
>initially be for one year. The starting date is negotiable but would preferably
>be in July 1998.
>Further details are available from Mrs Mavis Secker, Division of
>Horticulture, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Nottingham,
>Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leics, LE12 5RD. Telephone: 0115
>Email: Mavis.Secker@nottingham.ac.uk. Applications, to arrive no later
>May, can be made to this address, enclosing a covering letter, CV and names and
>addresses of 2 referees.
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