Head of Research

Sustainable Food Trust

Dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sustainablefoodtrust.org [email protected] Rachel Aitken

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Tuesday, 30th March 2021  

Position Summary

The post-holder will contribute to and lead parts of the Sustainable Food Trust’s pioneering research and policy work. The position will involve writing reports and research papers, conducting literature reviews, drafting position papers and other written material. The work will cover a wide range of topics relating to sustainable agriculture, healthy and sustainable diets and mechanisms for change.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Research and draft reports, position papers and articles in collaboration with the Policy Director and Research Officer.
  2. Play a key role in helping the SFT to develop its organisational positions on a range of issues.
  3. Establish and maintain expertise in relevant areas of scientific research, including research methods.
  4. Identify emerging trends of relevance to SFT and contribute to the SFT’s research and policy strategy and research work priorities.
  5. Contribute to SFT consultation responses, submissions of evidence to select committees and Government bodies. Identify other opportunities to raise SFT concerns in UK parliament and local government, amongst devolved officials, and more widely.
  6. Work with the Policy Director, CEO, Deputy CEO and Head of Communications to raise awareness among the research community and opinion formers about issues relating to food system sustainability.
  7. Write or contribute to SFT website articles, in addition to external media requests.
  8. Initiate and contribute to funding applications as appropriate or required.
  9. Maintain a database of published papers, articles and other material by topic to be available to all SFT staff, as needed.
  10. Work with and/or supervise other staff members, contractors and interns as appropriate.

Note: This job description does not form part of the contract of employment but indicates how the contract should be performed. The job description may be subject to amendment.


Please send your CV and a 1-page cover letter explaining why you feel you would be suitable for this role and your reasons for applying to [email protected]

The deadline for receiving applications is 09:00 GMT on the 30 March 2021

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