Job Opportunities


Livestock Scientist

Location: Okehampton, Devon

£29,842 to £32,315 per annum

Closing date: 21/04/2017

We are seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral scientist with a PhD in animal science, animal nutrition (ruminants), animal behaviour, livestock production systems, pasture management or similar field. Initially a three‐year position, you will be based at Rothamsted’s North Wyke site, home of the North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP) in Devon, UK (


In order to support the projected global population of 9.15 billion people at mid‐century, a 70% increase in global food production is believed to be required. Pasture‐based ruminant production systems can utilise soils unsuitable for arable crop production by converting forages/fibrous feedstuffs into high‐quality protein sources for humans. Concurrently, ruminants are a significant source of emissions, polluters of waterways and also a cause of semi‐permanent land degradation. Given this strong trade‐off between the costs and benefits, there is an urgent need for strategy development to improve system‐wide performance of pasture‐based livestock production.

Rothamsted is now launching a five‐year, £8.5m strategic research programme entitled Soil to Nutrition (S2N) in April 2017. Using the NWFP’s state‐of‐the‐art facility, you will design and deploy field experiments for cattle and sheep within the S2N framework, carry out supplementary lab analyses to elucidate dynamic flows of nutrients, assess the production efficiency and welfare of grazing animals through behavioural analyses, engage in agricultural system modelling and development of sustainability metrics useful for producers/policymakers.

This full time fixed term role is initially offered for three years with a starting salary in the range of £29,842 to £32,315 per annum.

Rothamsted Research, North Wyke Site is situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, to the west of Exeter in Devon. We offer excellent facilities, 25 days’ holiday and an attractive benefits package. Our commitment to learning and development, as well as equality and diversity, create a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.

Interviews will be held: w/c 01/05/2017
Closing date: 21/04/2017
Please quote reference: 1551

Enquiries should be addressed to Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences (North Wyke), Professor Michael Lee (

To apply, complete an application form at and return to the HR Group,
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ, (e‐mail



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