Post Doctoral Fellow in Agricultural Systems
University of Canterbury, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
New Zealand

Position Overview

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Agricultural Systems

Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

• Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
• 2 Year fixed term opportunity

What You Will Do

  • We have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to join our Future Agriculture cluster where you will:
  • Develop an agricultural systems framework to identify and assess the risks and opportunities associated with disruptive agricultural technologies and change drivers
  • Investigate new agricultural pathways that lead to profitability, resilience and sustainability
  • Support outreach and coordination with other organisations working in this area
  • Support the process of establishing a Future Agriculture Think Tank
  • Contribute to the writing of one or more funding proposals
  • Contribute to the writing of papers and dissemination of information on the Future of Agriculture in New Zealand.

Who You Are
You will have a PhD in Agriculture, Engineering, or related field with a research background in agricultural systems modelling. Expertise in agricultural technology and crop/land/water/climate interactions is essential, as well as having strong computer literacy and numeric skills. Use of database management tools, statistical analysis software, and advanced modelling skills is expected. Knowledge of agricultural markets and socio-economic ramifications is beneficial.

You will have demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities (communication and leadership) required to carry out innovative and insightful research and a publication track record. You will an ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts to a wide variety of people as well as experience with preparation and delivery of quality oral presentations.

Who You Will Work With
You will work with the university wide multi-disciplinary Future Agriculture cluster. You will be based in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE), whose role is to remain at the forefront of research and technology and preserve our strong international reputation for high quality teaching. For more about the Department and our team, please visit our website.

We aim to constantly develop our alumni and industry partnerships, to provide students with the highest level of training, and to expand the scope of our research expertise by attracting and retaining highly-skilled academic and support staff.

Why UC
The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.


For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

View the full Position_Description.pdf

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 15 September 2019 (Midnight NZ time)

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include a cover letter (describing background, suitability for the position, your recent and future research projects), a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications, and the names and contact details of two referees. Please ensure your application is uploaded as a single pdf file and that the file name is your surname only.

We are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Professor Tom Cochrane,

Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service:

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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