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Associate Professor (Food Processing and Digitalisation) - INTERNAL ONLY

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Location:  Holbeach
Salary:   From £51,034 per annum
This is a full time permanent post of 1 FTE
Closing Date:   Thursday 26 November 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 11 December 2020
Reference:  COS530A

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing requires an Associate Professor (AP) to advance the development and uptake of advanced food processing and related digital technologies for the food manufacturing sector, progressing a range of applied and earlier TRL (Technology Readiness Level) research and education activities at the NCFM, working extensively with technology providers, food manufacturers, academia and other stakeholders to support and transform industry practice. 

Championing the Food Processing & Digitalisation agenda at NCFM will include the development of related NCFM partner ecosystems. The role will also support and encourage colleagues in their engagement with this key area of focus at NCFM. The post holder will develop and secure UKRI and wider funding sources, and also develop synergies with other NCFM areas of focus – particularly Food Insights & Sustainability and Food Microbiology / Chemistry (Health & Nutrition). Along with advancing digital innovation the post holder will play a key role in leading curriculum and short course development to advance digital skills in parallel.

The AP will have a strong profile in projects, research and teaching within the discipline.  The breadth of the food processing and digitalisation agenda necessitates a strong “all-rounder” with extensive food manufacturing sector experience, enabling a detailed appreciation of where initiatives are required to advance, innovate and make a strong beneficial impact.  

Alongside understanding the food system and its specific challenges, the AP will have the networking capability, people skills and drive to build networks / consortia to develop and successfully progress initiatives.  Interfacing with representatives from technology providers, food businesses, related supply chain stakeholders and the scientific community is a key aspect of the role and the post holder will therefore be very experienced in cross-academic and industry collaboration and working with senior representatives from industry.

There is a significant amount of “professional practice” involved in this role.  The University defines professional practice as an enabling term intended to cover practical or practice-based engagements outside the confines of the University. Project management skills including people management, milestone planning / delivery and budget focus / control will also be vital. 

The post is being made available to internal candidates only in support of our commitment to developing staff by providing opportunities for internal movement and promotion. Therefore we actively encourage applications from all staff across the University with the relevant skills and experience.

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