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Jobs at ORC

Working with us

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


Salary range: £24,400 – £31,200 per annum depending on experience. REF: RES2101

We are looking to appoint a Field Crops 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, as part of the Crop Diversity and Agronomy research area, specifically by:

  • engaging with a network of farms and selected trial sites in England and Wales, and with relevant stakeholders in the seed and food supply chain
  • collecting data on crops, weeds, and soils and performing routine field assessments and samplings
  • contributing to research bids, funding applications and knowledge exchange, and representing ORC at conferences, meetings and agricultural shows, within the UK and internationally.

If you are methodical with good attention to detail, enjoy being outdoors and wish to work in the field of applied agricultural research then this could be the job for you. Much of ORC’s crops research takes place on commercial farms over a wide geographical spread, therefore you need to be willing to travel and occasionally spend long days in the field, whilst remaining flexible and adaptable to work around the weather and timing of farming operations. You will have the opportunity to gain experience of the whole research process whilst working closely with farmers, and you will make a contribution to bridging the gap between science and practice.

We look forward to receiving your application, which must be made using the ORC application form. 

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 17th March 2021.  Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams Thursday 25th  March 2021.

Charity trustees

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


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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