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There are lots of ways to get involved with the Organic Research Centre. We look for trustees, partner organisations, postgraduate researchers and also farmers and businesses to take part in our research programmes. Find out how you can work with us.

Staff vacancies

Organic Business and Markets Researcher (G6)

Salary range: £24,400 – £31,200 per annum depending on experience
REF: RES2005

We are looking to appoint an Organic Business and Markets Researcher (G6) on a 12-month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension. The role involves carrying out research and contributing to projects specifically, but not exclusively, in the fields of farm and food business development, and markets and supply chains as part of the Organic Business and Markets Team and other ORC programmes. Specifically, the work includes:

  • Gaining a good understanding of the socio-economic opportunities for and challenges faced by stakeholders of agro-forestry and mixed-farming systems in Europe, as part of the EC-H2020 project AGROMIX starting in November 2020.
  • Contributing to a better understanding of the sustainability of innovative agri-food value chains in Europe, as part of the EC-H2020 project FOODLEVERS starting in December 2020.
  • Contributing to regular updates on trends in the UK organic market from production to retail.
  • Contributing to research bids, funding applications, and knowledge exchange in relation to business and markets programme.
  • Supporting senior staff within the programme, and representing the programme and ORC at conferences, meetings and shows, within the UK and internationally.

Requirements:

  • Candidates must possess a BSc (at least 2.1) in Agricultural Economics/Agriculture with Business/Agriculture and Food Marketing or similar.
  • Research experience in at least one of: supply chain management, market data analysis, farm business management, designing and implementing surveys, and statistical methods.
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and tools for the archiving of numerical data are also essential, the candidate must be computer literate including Windows and MS Office.
  • The candidate must have good organisational skills, be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • The candidate must also be willing to travel within the UK and EU should the project require it.

Applications must be on an ORC application form.  Download the whole application pack or individual components below:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020.  Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams Monday 23rd November 2020.

Senior Researcher – Agroforestry (G7)

Salary range: £30k- £37.3k per annum depending on experience
REF: RES2004

We are looking to appoint a Senior Researcher – Agroforestry (G7) to be responsible for the ORC delivery of Agroforestry projects as directed by the Head of Research (who is also the Principal Researcher), to undertake international and UK project bids predominately within the area of Agroforestry in conjunction with other members of the Research team and to assist knowledge exchange in relation to Agroforestry and other projects as requested. The principal duties include carrying out research, leading research projects and submitting research bids, supporting the Principal Researcher in managing staff within the Programme, representing the Programme, the research team and ORC at conferences, meetings and shows, within the UK and internationally and being aware of, and familiar with, relevant research in other UK, European and international research institutions and developing own skills, knowledge and understanding.

Candidates must possess a BSc (at least 2.1) in Forestry/Agricultural/ Biological/ Ecological science or equivalent experience. Experience working with agricultural producers and other stakeholders in the agricultural and/or environment domains, designing and implementing field trials and experiments and publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals are also essential. The successful candidate must possess an understanding of agroforestry and integration of trees in agricultural landscapes / agroecosystems, possess the ability to carry out a research project including conception, design, data collection, data analysis and reporting. Good communication skills written and oral in a variety of styles, good organisational skills, an understanding of statistical methods and their application and the ability to be able to work alone and within a team are also essential to this role.

Applications must be on an ORC application form.  Download the whole application pack or individual components below:

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 9th November 2020.  Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre, Cirencester Wednesday 18th November 2020.

Charity trustees

If you would be interested in being a Trustee of the Charity, please get in contact with the Director, Lucy MacLennan.

Internships

Our internship programme is closed until further notice.

Postgraduate research

Opportunities may exist for MSc and PhD research projects linked to our current research areas. Contact the relevant team leader for further information.

Participatory research

Much of our research involves participatory engagement of farmers, producers and other businesses. We currently have over 50 businesses working with us and have now established a Participatory Research Network to develop this work.

If you are a producer, farmer, processor or other business interested in getting involved with research, please get in touch.

Partner organisations

ORC works collaboratively on projects and in its dissemination of results with a number of UK and European partners. If you are interested in partnering with us, please do get in touch.

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