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University of Birmingham Jobs, for Indians, for Forginers, for Graduate, for Filipino The role is an opportunity to join a major global research team at the Centre for Sustainable Cooling, working in the UK and internationally and leading the development of the new multi-million pound Centres of Excellence being established in Africa and India.

Temperature-controlled cooling for supply chains is central to many aspects of modern society and underpins socio-economic growth and well-being as well as a population’s health, food systems and access to nutritional food, and prevention of food loss and waste within the supply chains; protection and increase of farmer/rural incomes.

Traditional cold chains are energy intensive and currently reliant on diesel for transport, weak grid, and off-grid applications, and in many cases coal and/or natural gas-based power grids. This role is an opportunity to collaborate with other UK Universities with world-class expertise in clean cooling and cold-chain.

Multi-million-pound funding has been secured to work across a series of significant research projects to transform the cold-chain sectors in developing and developed markets into more efficient and sustainable, resilient, and equitable systems’ from ‘ vaccine manufacturer to arm’ and ‘farm to fork’.

We are looking to recruit further Research Fellows to work in the global Centre for Sustainable Cooling at the University of Birmingham, contributing to work packages of the African and India Centres for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain and UK Sustainable Food Cold-chain research programs.

This includes specifically the challenge of adaptation and delivering new cooling and cold-chain strategies and solutions in a fast-warming world.

This is initially a three-year appointment (with the potential to be extended) focused on sustainable, resilient, and equitable food/health cold-chain, including defining needs driven and fit for market solutions across technology, skills, business models, and policy at a systems level.

Post Name Research Fellow
Company Name University of Birmingham
Expected Salary GBP 31406 To GBP 40927 Per Year
Address Birmingham, England, United Kingdom B15 2TT

About Company

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter as a successor to Queen’s College, Birmingham, and Mason Science College, making it the first English civic or ‘red brick university to receive its own royal charter.

We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.

Universities are never complete. They develop as new challenges and opportunities occur. At Birmingham we innovate, we push the frontiers of understanding; we ask new research questions, and we turn theory through experiment into practice – because that’s what great universities do.


  • Collect research data, both quantitative and qualitative; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as literature reviews, research interviews, and workshops.
  • Robust socio-economic and technical analysis of data, following ethical guidelines for data collection and analysis.
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques, and methods.
  • Contribute to developing teaching and training modules.
  • Write up research output into high-quality reports and academic papers for publication.
  • Present findings in high-quality conferences, workshops, and meetings both in the UK and overseas.
  • Contribute to the administration/management of activities associated with the project.
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding.
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may
  • Be assisting with the research including in collaboration with partners in the country.
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration.
  • Promote equality and value diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.


  • Techno-socio-economic analysis of cooling and cold-chain technologies and systems.
  • Novel strategies and solutions for cooling in high-temperature climates.
  • Equitable business models.
  • Identify and create strategies to address in-country capacity gaps.
  • Develop capacity-building and teaching modules.


  • Organize and deliver impact and dissemination activities with a wide range of stakeholders including policy-makers, inter-Governmental Development Agencies, and NGOs.
  • Teaching and training modules.
  • Collaborate with partners and universities in data collection and analysis, workshop organization, writing reports, and academic publications.
  • Contribute to writing bids and generating funding.
  • Developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities, widening participation or similar activities within the University and through the Centre for Sustainable Cooling (a multi-University collaboration).
Industry Education
Schedule Type Full Time
Education Required Ph.D. in Related Field
Remote No


  • A higher degree relevant to the research area, in particular engineering, economics, social sciences or relevant interdisciplinary field, (usually Ph.D.) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Research interest/expertise in sustainable and resilient food/health cold chain and wider food systems along with directly linked global challenges such as food and nutrition security, access to clean energy, rural development, poverty alleviation, and access to health services.

You will be comfortable with:

  • Interdisciplinary research and understanding of complex social, economic and technical challenges within whole systems of system models.
  • Public engagement and workshop organization with high-level policymakers and stakeholders.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to work as part of a team but also independently.
  • Ability to communicate (oral and written) complex information clearly across disciplines and diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively.

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