University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral researcher in Regnerative Economy Lab and Living Library (RELL)

Postdoctoral researcher in Regnerative Economy Lab and Living Library (RELL)

School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE),South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Regenerative Economy Lab and Living Library (RELL). In this role, you will be a core part of this program team responsible for managing and analysing data across the project coming from Oxford and its partner organisations. The purpose of the role is to add key skills and focused capacity on the unique data at the heart of this project. The researcher will be involved in all aspects of the project including quarterly partner workshops and field visit(s) to the project site in Kenya. The postholder will work closely with the PI's, including Co-I's in the Oxford Sustainable Food program, and the project partners. The postholder is encouraged to participate in our development of a network of scientists whose research intersects with the furthering of regenerative business knowledge and collaborations.

In the RELL programme we seek to assess progress and recommend potential changes that would further the development and operation of regenerative business. We understand a regenerative business most broadly as one that gives back more than it takes by capturing carbon, increasing biodiversity, and furthering social equity. In this project we will look to analyse the trade- offs between climate, biodiversity, and social equity in agricultural systems. This role within the SSEE is created from an Oxford Strategic Innovation Fund Grant for the Regenerative Economy Lab and Living Library (RELL). This is a year long project conducted in partnership with Cranfield University and a multinational corporate partner. Research will be conducted through collaborative knowledge sharing including that of the corporate partner's agricultural production, social context data, and Cranfield's World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue (WSSAC).

The successful candidate will hold a DPhil in a relevant field such as geography, biology, or food systems for a Grade 7. Those nearing completion of a DPhil or with equivalent experience will be considered as a Grade 6 with amended responsibilities. As part of your role you must show evidence of research ability including publications and presentations at international conferences. You will have excellent data management skill. Experience in the analysis of complex data related to nature and agriculture. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills. The postholder must have the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team of researchers across the physical sciences, social sciences and professional business environments and to network and set up new contacts.

Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in SoGE. SoGE and SSEE are committed to equality and values diversity.

This is a fixed term post for 12 months.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday 29 November 2023, and interviews will be in early to Mid-December.

Contact Person : HR Assistant Vacancy ID : 169446 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 29-Nov-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36024 - 44263

Job details


Postdoctoral researcher in Regnerative Economy Lab and Living Library (RELL)


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 16, 2023

Application deadline

November 29, 2023

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science

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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.

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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). 

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