Call for Two Post-Doctoral positions at the Faculty of Business, the University of Wollongong
in Dubai (Research Area : Food Security and Supply Chain Sustainability), funded by The UAE
Ministry of Education
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the oldest and most prestigious
universities in the UAE. Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia,
currently ranked in the leading universities in the world, it is now an independent university,
licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education Higher Education Affairs.
The Faculty of Business of UOWD is inviting applications for two post-doctoral research positions
in the fields of Food Security and Agrifood SCM, under the supervision of Dr. Ioannis Manikas.
The positions are for 3 years. The starting date is September 2020. The successful candidates
will join the team to work on a recently awarded project in the thematic areas of Food Security
and Agrifood Supply Chain.
The project will examine the global drivers of change and assess their impact on the United Arab
Emirates food systems including the society and the dietary habits of the consumers and will
deliver tools for evidence-based decision making and policy planning. The project addresses the
UAE National Food Strategy 2051 Vision to become a world leading hub in innovation-driven
food security , with the introduction of a set of new innovative tools and it is aligned with the
country’s 2021 mission to ensure food security under all circumstances through enabling
technology- based production and supply of food, promoting international trade partnerships,
and enforcing policies and regulations to enhance nutritional intake and reduce food loss and
Questions can be asked to the Manager, People and Culture, Tammy Akhurst
tammyakhurst uowdubai.ac.ae), or to Dr Ioannis Manikas (PI), Associate Professor of Supply
Chain Management (ioannismanikas uowdubai.ac.ae).
Have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) in supply chain management, or equivalent,
with particular emphasis on food supply chains, agribusiness, food and nutrition
security, sustainable agriculture etc.
He / she is expected to possess strong conceptual and analytical quantitative methods
skills and have a commitment to research excellence.
A proven academic and publication track record.
Applicants should be completely fluent in English. Ability to write high-standard text in
A good knowledge of statistical methods (e.g. multivariate analysis based on
experimental research) and software packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS).
Keen interest in Food and Nutrition security. Previous experience in the GCC region will
be a plus.
Ability to manage time, resources, data, and details of multiple projects is also required.
Experience with external funding and grant application is a plus.
Knowledge in software design, development of ICT solutions for Agrifood supply chain
management, food security and policy decision making support is also a plus.
Active participation in the research team and interactions with the other post-doctoral
researchers, Professors, and PhD students are expected.
Terms of employment
The successful candidate will receive a remuneration package of AED288,000 per annum
The successful candidate will enjoy the interaction with a professional and dynamic
team of highly respected educators from over 35 different nationalities and exposure to
students from over 120 nationalities.
As part of this position and as funded by the MOE, the package, will include a tax-free
salary and end of service payments in line with UAE Labour Law. Other items that will be
negotiated with the successful candidate include private medical insurance and visa
Candidates for the position should submit the following :
A motivation letter (maximum 1 page) including a demonstration of your understanding
of the particular research topic
CV with academic qualifications and previous research particulars
List of research outputs / publications
Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1 - 3 professional referees
All documents should be sent to Dr. Ioannis Manikas PI (ioannismanikas uowdubai.ac.ae), Dr
Balan Sundarakani (Co-PI), (balansundarakani uowdubai.ac.ae), who are in charge of the
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications
from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. UAE nationals are strongly
encouraged to apply as preference will be given to those with the requisite qualifications.
Application deadline : The position(s) will remain open until filled.
Application deadline : Open until filled.
Employment start : 01-09-2020
Working hours : Full time
Department / Location : Faculty of Business UOWD, Dubai, UAE