Research Fellow in Data Analytics (Smart Agriculture)- KTP Associate

£30,000 - £34,000

Malton, North Yorkshire - 15 months

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Job description

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 advanced data analytics to accurately forecast performance, health and
disease throughout every pig’s life-course. /
You will be an employee of the University of Leeds and will have full access to
University facilities. You will have access to the University’s USS pension scheme,
with generous employer contributions. You will be encouraged to base yourself parttime at the Karro Food Ltd company premises at Malton, North Yorkshire (and/or
remotely, as per government guidance), working to Karro’s terms to enable you to
gain additional skills and project-specific understanding of the operations and
logistics of the company and production system.
You may be required to undertake occasional UK-wide travel, and potentially
international travel, in line with national travel restrictions in place. 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 £4,300, 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.

Project description

To develop a future health and performance forecasting tool for pigs, by quantifying predictors of individual animal health and performance, using data from a multi-platform monitoring system and machine learning techniques.

About the business

Karro Food Group is one of the United Kingdom’s leading meat processors with pork processing plants across the country. Karro is a leading producer of bacon, gammon, fresh pork, fresh and frozen sausages, ham and cooked meats. We supply our high quality meat products to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK.

Data analytics / Statistical modelling

Data analytics

A PhD (or be close to completion) with substantial statistical modelling, data analytics, or forecasting

14 January 2021

31 January 2021

CSRIS1171


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 advanced data analytics to accurately forecast performance, health and
disease throughout every pig’s life-course. /
You will be an employee of the University of Leeds and will have full access to
University facilities. You will have access to the University’s USS pension scheme,
with generous employer contributions. You will be encouraged to base yourself parttime at the Karro Food Ltd company premises at Malton, North Yorkshire (and/or
remotely, as per government guidance), working to Karro’s terms to enable you to
gain additional skills and project-specific understanding of the operations and
logistics of the company and production system.
You may be required to undertake occasional UK-wide travel, and potentially
international travel, in line with national travel restrictions in place. 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 £4,300, 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.