The Organic Research Centre [ORC] is the UK’s leading independent research centre focusing on the development and promotion of sustainable, agroecological solutions to food, farming and environmental issues, including organic farming and agroforestry. ORC is a registered charity with ca. 25 staff and funded primarily by project grants and contracts, from government, EU and foundation sources, as well as voluntary donations.
We are looking to appoint a Head of Research (G9) to lead and be responsible for the management of the charity’s research, knowledge exchange and policy programmes and to lead their own area of research. The principal duties include supporting the CEO in producing the Business Strategy and Annual Business Plans for ORC, working with Scientific Advisors to identify and set the ambition for the ORC Research, Knowledge Exchange and Policy (RKEP) strategies, being responsible for ORC RKEP programmes and leading the RKEP team to develop project applications for different sources of funding. The role also requires the successful candidate to conduct and manage their own research programme (including financial monitoring).
ORC staff outside Trent Lodge, Jan. 2020
Candidates must be qualified to at least PhD level and have extensive postdoctoral experience in a scientific discipline relevant to organic agriculture. Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the UK/EU research funding environment and key stakeholders in research, knowledge exchange and policy, as well as of the UK/EU (organic) farming industry are key requirements. Experience of managing and controlling substantial budgets, teams, resources and funding as well as a track record of scientific and conference publications are also essential for this role.
Applications must be on an ORC application form. Further details can be downloaded below.
The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 11th September 2020.
Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre, Cirencester during the week commencing Monday 21st September 2020.
Download the application pack here or download individual components below:
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