National Pig Centre Facility Platform Manager

Fixed Term (48 months)

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in animal science? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

The National Pig Centre formally launched in November 2019 and the first pigs entered the new centre in October 2020. The NPC has both indoor and outdoor research pig herds run on a commercial scale and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities enabling scientists to run well-replicated trials providing detailed observations of individual animals. The facility is designed to work with partners across the globe to co-develop research programmes that address modern agricultural challenges. This work will be supported by international researchers in Nutrition, Production, Health and Welfare, Epidemiology, Reproductive Physiology, Virology, Environmental Science, Engineering, Biomedicine and Smart Data systems.

The NPC is on a commercial scale, with a capacity of 660 sows, of which 220 are outdoor and 440 indoor, producing up to 16,000 pigs per year. The combination of an outdoor sow unit with an indoor system is unique in Europe, enabling a direct comparison of the different rearing systems, a particularly important, yet often overlooked, area of research given 40% of UK pigs are outdoor.

The facility is equipped with CCTV throughout permitting round the clock behaviour and individual pig observations to be made at all stages of production. Live CCTV footage can be observed from the Visitor Centre so that visitors can experience a live farm tour without entering the unit. In addition, 24-hour monitoring and precision nutrition will enable researchers to work to identify the key factors contributing to pig farming’s environmental footprint and attempt to find alternatives that could drive down the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.

We are now seeking an experienced individual to manage the National Pig Centre (NPC) facility platform. You will be involved in the day-to-day supervision of academic and commercial research activities in consultation with the academic and commercial leads, including supporting/co-supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students working on site, participating in knowledge exchange and interacting with visitors and customers, and supporting researchers with skilled protocols such as sample preparation and dissection. You will take responsibility for operations including ensuring the appropriate maintenance of research equipment, upholding high health and safety standards, and assisting with the daily supervision of technical staff.

You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) or have equivalent experience in a relevant area, together with an in-depth knowledge and experience in the area of pig production, health or nutrition. This is a full time position but job shares / flexible working will be considered.

Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 Grade 7 p.a.

Closing date: 07/09/2021

Further information can be found here.