Postdoctoral Researcher in Livestock Systems


Whiteknights Reading UK
Closes in 15 days (15 Aug)

pplications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join an exciting research project focusing on the sustainability assessment of current and future livestock systems. You will be involved in a broad, interdisciplinary research project, which aims to inform policy, research, and business strategies in support of a transition to more sustainable livestock production and consumption. This is a unique opportunity to work within an experienced and impactful team involving those already promoting innovations in supply chains, in-order to delineate and evaluate credible, relevant, and timely approaches for the sustainable development of the livestock sector.

You must have

A PhD in a discipline related to the project, or equivalent experience

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to interact with researchers, policy-makers, industrial partners and stakeholders

Proven experience in some of the following methods: quantitative modelling; in-depth interviewing; policy analysis; focus group design and implementation; participatory research

Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations

You will be responsible for carrying out research in and modelling of innovations and livestock transition scenarios, and the development of a Policy and Innovation Evaluation Framework for the livestock sector in Europe.  This will involve collaborating with several world-leading research and innovation organisations in the field of food systems research, such as the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Wageningen Research, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.   The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to spend a short period (approximately 1 month) working at Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland to develop a working knowledge of a state of-the-art Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) model.

Across this exciting portfolio of activities, the postholder will contribute to both quantitative and qualitative data curation and analyses, prepare findings for publications or other outputs, assist with future grant applications, as well as liaise with participants and organisations across the agri-food sector in Europe.

In addition, the postholder will contribute to teaching activities within the BSc Agricultural Business Management, BSc Agriculture and BSc Food Business Marketing and Economics and Masters level courses in Agricultural Economics and Food Economics and Marketing.  There will also be opportunities to contribute to public engagement activities, such as on-farm demonstrations for industry visitors.

This post is particularly suited for researchers who have strong analysis and organisational skills, and a career ambition to develop a profile in applied food systems research. We are particularly seeking to recruit an individual who shares our values of integrating farmers supply chain actors, NGOs, policymakers, and citizens within the research process to target-real life needs, problems, and opportunities.

Informal discussions are welcome; please contact Principal Investigator Dr Laurence Smith (

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

​​​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.