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Post-Doctoral Research Opportunity at Lincoln Institute: Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in Kenya

About the Role

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) in collaboration with the Department of Geography at the University of Lincoln, invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate. This role involves active participation in a British Academy-funded interdisciplinary research project focusing on underutilised crops in Kenya, particularly in the counties of Bomet and Baringo. These regions face declining yields of mainstream crops due to factors such as diseases, pests (including invasive species), and extreme weather conditions.

The project collaborates with esteemed partners such as the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi and its regional stations, as well as Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. It aims to:

  1. Explore Historical Changes: Investigate the historical significance and the socio-cultural dynamics that have led to the underutilisation of indigenous crops.
  2. Reimagine Future Scenarios: Develop possible and preferred future scenarios for these crops to enhance their value and utility.
  3. Revive Public Imagination: Engage the community and stakeholders to revive and enhance the perceived value of underutilised crops.

Responsibilities

As a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, you will:

  • Conduct participatory social research, including the collection and analysis of oral histories and interviews, to understand the shifts in socio-cultural attitudes towards indigenous crops.
  • Co-create knowledge with local farming and food communities to develop innovative approaches for sustainable food production and consumption.
  • Design, implement, and execute interdisciplinary research aligned with the project’s objectives.
  • Publish high-impact research findings and seek additional funding opportunities to expand the research program.
  • Regularly meet with project team members and travel to Kenya for field visits and research campaigns.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for a candidate who holds (or is near to completing) a PhD in fields such as:

  • History
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Human Geography
  • Food Security
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Related areas

Essential Criteria:

  • Demonstrated evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in participatory social research, qualitative research methods, and/or oral history.
  • Language skills relevant to the Kenyan project areas.

Application and Contact Information

For further information or an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

To Apply: Apply Online

Further Details: Job Description and Person Specification

Additional Information

The University of Lincoln is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including:

  • Black, Asian, and other minoritised/marginalised ethnic groups
  • LGBTQIA+ community members
  • Candidates with disabilities
  • Individuals practicing different faiths and beliefs

Closing Date:   Wednesday 19 June 2024
Interview Date:   Tuesday 02 July 2024

We aim to create a One Community where we strive to be kind, patient, and supportive of each other.


This position offers an exceptional opportunity for individuals looking to make a significant impact through multidisciplinary research in sustainable agri-food systems.

Cite this article as (APA format):

AR Managing Editor (2024). Post-Doctoral Research Opportunity at Lincoln Institute: Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in Kenya. Retrieved from https://www.africanresearchers.org/post-doctoral-research-opportunity-at-lincoln-institute-sustainable-agri-food-systems-in-kenya/

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