University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainable Agriculture

United Kingdom

Closing in 6 days

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainable Agriculture

11a Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ

About the Role

We are seeking a Farm Sustainability Researcher to join an exciting, rapidly expanding international research project which seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of thousands of farms worldwide using digital tools. You will be part of the HESTIA team, a growing and motivated team of environmental scientists, software developers, and behavioural change specialists. The team is based within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science in the Department of Biology and the Oxford Martin School.

About You

You will assist on the design and development of benchmarking and advice tools to support farmer decision-making. Your benchmarking and advice tools will form the foundation experimental trials which test whether enabling farmers to quantify their environmental impacts, benchmark against other farmers, and receive advice on how to improve their environmental impacts, affects their attitudes, behaviour and farm sustainability outcomes. You will design these tools by collaborating with an advisory group of farmers, and if desired there will be opportunities to visit farms and collect data. You will have a relevant graduate-level degree, experience researching sustainable farming and the ability to work with farmers. Some travel within Europe will be required for fieldwork.

How to apply

Where Covid-19 has resulted in substantial disruption to your work or research outputs, please explain this by providing an additional paragraph in your supporting statement.

The University of Oxford is committed to equality and valuing diversity. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

This post is full time (although applications to work part time will be considered on a case-by-case basis) and available immediately.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 1st May 2024, interviews are likely to be scheduled for 14th May. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via our e-recruitment system, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

Contact Person : Recruitment Team Vacancy ID : 172087 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 01-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £40,521p.a.

Job details


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainable Agriculture


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


April 04, 2024

Application deadline

May 01, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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