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Research Assistant

Infrastructure & Sustainable Eng

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £32,332 to £34,980 per annum (pro-rata)
Grade:  Grade 07
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months)
Basis:  Part Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 29 February 2024
Interview Date:  Monday 18 March 2024
Reference:  0052-24
Release Date:  Tuesday 30 January 2024

An exciting opportunity based in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences for a supply chain enthusiast with a passion and a talent for research and innovation.

You will be working as Research Assistant and will contribute to our new project titled “scaling the UK insect protein sector: industrial research for low-emission protein production” under the supervision of Dr Evanthia Thanou and Dr Dimitra Kalaitzi. The project, funded by equal partners Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), aims to accelerate the UK's insect protein sector by addressing major barriers to scaling. AgriGrub, the UK's largest insect protein producer, will work alongside Beta Bugs, an insect breeder, and Aston University, supply chain analysis specialists, to address these challenges and build a roadmap for scaling insect production in the UK to meet demand.

We welcome applications from skilled, passionate and committed researchers who can contribute to our project. The Research Assistant will be responsible for specific activities related to this project such as supply chain mapping and the work will involve a range of research methods including a structured literature review, qualitative interviews and focus groups. With excellent communication skills, you will be also expected to contribute to the writing of reports and other outputs including developing a roadmap for upscaling.

Please refer to our Aston University benefits page where you can see the how Aston recognises the contributions staff make and the comprehensive rewards and benefits packages available for staff.

For informal discussions relating to this post contact Dr Evanthia Thanou; email: thanoue1@aston.ac.uk or Dr Dimitra Kalaitzi; email: d.kalaitzi3@aston.ac.uk

Further details:    Job Description     University Information    
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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/inclusive-aston

We recognise the value of flexible working.  Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss what flexible working options are available for particular roles.

If you require the job details document or an application form in an alternative format please contact the recruitment team at recruitment@aston.ac.uk


 




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