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KTP Associate - Smart Agri-Forecasting, Faculty of Biological Sciences and Karro Food Ltd

Are you a graduate with a PhD (or close to completion) with substantial advanced statistical modelling, data analytics, or forecasting? Do you have experience developing in R, Matlab or Python? Are you keen to launch your career by managing a challenging project in industry? 

We have an opportunity for you to fast-track your career in business by leading a high-profile, strategically important project from start to completion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be working in partnership with Karro Food Ltd., part of Karro Food Group Ltd, in conjunction with the Faculty of Biological Sciences to develop a future health and performance forecasting tool for pigs. By quantifying predictors of individual animal health and performance, the tool will use data from a multi-platform monitoring system and machine learning techniques.

Karro is a leading producer of pork products, supplying high-welfare meat products to retail, food service and manufacturing customers in the UK and abroad. The company is known for its high health and welfare standards for the animals on its farms. The aim of this project is to combine cutting edge monitoring technologies with advanced data analytics in order to optimise pig health, welfare and overall performance. You will help the partnership to achieve its strategic goals through the use of automated data capture technologies, cutting edge monitoring equipment and advanced data analytics, leading to the development of a data dashboard that will allow Karro to accurately forecast performance, health and disease throughout every pig’s life-course.                                        

You will be based at the company premises in Malton, North Yorkshire, but will be employed by the University of Leeds for the duration of the project, a fixed period of 3 years. You will be required to spend some time at the University as well as undertaking occasional UK-wide travel, and potentially international travel. Members of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the Animal Welfare Epidemiology laboratory, and the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health will provide academic and technical support to you throughout the project. 

You will have access to a training and development package worth £6,000, to be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements, enabling you to work effectively on your KTP project and to plan for your future career. You will also attend two weeks of residential KTP training to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to complete the project successfully, for which time is allocated and funding provided.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Lisa Collins, Professor of Animal Science, University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5940, email: 


Location:  Other
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Research & Innovation Service
Section:  Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Off grading structure
Salary:  £30,000 to £34,000 p.a. plus training package worth £6,000
This position is not on the University of Leeds scale
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (3 years - due to external funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 06 November 2018
Closing Date:  Sunday 13 January 2019
Reference:  CSRIS1097
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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