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Animal Health and Welfare Analysis Developer - KTP Associate

Requisition ID:  21299

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16-Aug-2022

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.  Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £33,500 per annum


Closing Date: 02 September 2022


The Role

Based at Greengage Agitech Ltd, Edinburgh, you will help to achieve a Knowledge Transfer Partnership’s objectives to develop a novel diagnostic and prediction service for non-invasive bio surveillance; providing a decision support tool to support adoption of precision health and welfare solutions and product commercialisation in livestock.


You will have a First Degree in Zoology/Animal/Veterinary Science/Management and a Postgraduate Degree in Animal Behaviour/Welfare/Management or a complementary subject area together with an understanding of animal welfare in an industrial setting.


  • Develop managerial skills and attend two residential managerial workshops (each of one week duration)
  • £3,000 individual training budget
  • The opportunity to undertake a Higher Degree
  • The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects
  • Mentoring by a Knowledge Transfer Network Adviser
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project
  • Access to a full range of continuing professional development modules within the University
  • Improving Associate profile and long-term career prospects

The KTP Associate will be an employee of Newcastle University but will spend most of their working time at the company’s premises at Greengage Agritech Ltd, Roslin Innovation Centre, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian, Roslin EH25 9RG and on occasion at Newcastle University. Although the contract is fixed term for a duration of 18 months, more than 70% of KTP staff are made a permanent job offer by their KTP company.  


Greengage Agritech is based just outside Edinburgh at The Roslin Innovation Centre which as part of Edinburgh University has the largest concentration of animal science and animal welfare related experience in Europe and is home to Scotland’s new Poultry Science Research Centre and a number of other World-renowned research facilities.


For further details on the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences please visit our web page here.

For further details about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit the web page here.


Interviews will be held on 2 September 2022


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Lucy Asher, ( or Katherine Herborn, (


Key Accountabilities

  • Familiarisation with facilities, completion of mandatory training and creation of action plan and data repository
  • Develop, test, investigate, analyse and report results of new methodologies for measuring animal welfare using Greengage sensors (sound/thermal imaging) 
  • Identify best solution and transfer and embed the established methods within the company via presentations and delivery of workshops
  • Identify market/commercialisation opportunities 
  • Disseminate and embed animal welfare knowledge within Greengage throughout the KTP via reports, presentations, group discussions, staff training
  • Present findings to stakeholders prepare and complete full documentation
  • Disseminate research via scientific publications and conferences


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Analytical numerical skills and coding competency in R or Matlab
  • Experience in statistical/data analysis in a research or commercial animal welfare setting (Desirable)
  • Demonstrate observation, research, analysis and reflection
  • Report writing
  • Statistical planning
  • Good presentation and written skills, including the delivery of training
  • An understanding of animal welfare and animal welfare monitoring within poultry
  • Knowledge of commercial poultry industry 
  • Skills in the analysis of sound or thermal images of animals


  • Ability to prepare conference papers and journal articles 


Attributes and Behaviour 

  • Personal motivation and drive
  • Confident and resilient
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Manage conflicting priorities and defend decisions
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels to different stakeholder groups
  • Good attention to detail


  • First Degree in Animal/Veterinary Science/Management
  • Postgraduate Degree in Animal Behaviour/Welfare/Management or a complementary subject

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 21299