THE ORGANIC RESEARCH CENTRE – ELM FARM Newbury, Berkshire, UK.

AGROFORESTRY RESEARCH COMMUNICATOR (Grade 6)

(£23,360 - £28,698)

12 month contract in the first instance

The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint an Agroforestry Research Communicator to work within the Agroforestry Programme on the European projects AGFORWARD (www.agforward.eu), SustainFARM and AFINET. The successful candidate will collate and prepare information for publication, such as factsheets, technical guides, bulletin articles, videos, webpages, website news items and press releases for a range of target audiences, including producers, advisors, researchers and policy-makers. S/he will be responsible for establishing new, and managing ongoing, social media accounts and postings, as well as organise farmer workshops and events for the Agroforestry Programme. S/he will also assist with data collection and research within the agroforestry projects. The post will report to the Principal Agroecology Researcher.

 

The candidate will possess a BSc (Grade 2.1 or above) in agriculture, biology or a related subject and excellent organisation and communication skills (oral, written and interpersonal).  Experience with social media is vital as is breadth/depth of knowledge of agroforestry and sustainable farming in a research or technical context. A research communication and/or science/technical journalism background and producing publications for a range of target audiences, in particular farmers, is advantageous. Please see the Job Description for full Role Requirements and Personal Specification.

 

The successful candidate will be based at the Organic Research Centre's site near Newbury in Berkshire, but must be prepared to travel occasionally in the UK and to other EU countries.

Applications must be on the ORC application form.  Further details can be obtained from our website www.organicresearchcentre.com and the application form from bit.ly/orcworkwithus.  Please quote reference RES1701.

Further information on ORC can be obtained from the ORC web site www.organicresearchcentre.com.

Closing date for applications:  9:00 am on Monday 30th January 2017.

Interviews: will be held at ORC, Elm Farm, Berkshire on Thursday 9th February 2017.


PostDoc position in landscape modelling for European land use systems

Introduction

In the context of the European research project AGFORWARD, we evaluate the environmental services of novel land use systems (agroforestry) for agriculture at the plot, farm and landscape scale. We confront benefits and drawbacks (ecological, economic), socio-cultural aspects and investigate trade-offs. We are looking for an enthousiastic PostDoc researcher to help with this task at the European scale.


Tasks

Identification of European target regions for selected agroforestry systems - Upscaling of results from 10 case studies across Europe to the continental scale - Analysis of policy and climate change scenarios on the feasibility of agroforestry across Europe - Statistical analysis of spatially explicit results - Presentation of results and maps for stakeholders, policy makers and project reporting - Publication of findings in international journals - Collaboration within the AGFORWARD consortium and in particular with the European Forest Institute EFI


Requirements

PhD and publication record in Geography, Environmental or related science (e.g. Agriculture, Forestry, Biology) - Solid expertise in spatial analysis (GIS) and in statistical analysis, handling of large databases - Conceptual abilities - Good organizational skills - Achievement-oriented, communicative personality with a capacity for teamwork - Good command of English (oral, written) - Communication and IT skills


Organisation

Agroscope is an innovative research institute for agriculture and nutrition run according to the principles of New Public Management. Agroscope is part of the federal administration and is attached to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER. It has research stations at a number of sites around Switzerland. The Agroscope Institute of Sustainability Sciences at Zurich-Reckenholz conducts research for an environmentally friendly and competitive agriculture. A Postdoc position is available in the research group Agricultural Landscapes and Biodiversity to complete the portfolio of activities. We offer research work in an interdisciplinary project team, competent supervision and a modern research infrastructure. Start date: 1 January 2017, or as agreed. Duration: 18 months.


Place of work

8046 Zürich-Affoltern


Salary

According to the standards of the Swiss National Science Foundation


Employment level

70%


Application

We look forward to receiving your online application, including CV, academic transcripts and the addresses of 2-
3 referees in a single PDF file to human.resources@agroscope.admin.ch
For further information, please feel free to contact Dr. Felix Herzog, project coordinator,
(felix.herzog@agroscope.admin.ch, +41 58 468 74 45). Do not send applications to this email address.



Assessing climate change impact on temperate agroforestry systems with a
process-based simulation model (Montpellier, France)

2 year post doctoral position

The UMR System (http://umr-system.cirad.fr/en) at INRA (National Institute For Agronomical Research),
Montpellier, France, offers a 2 years post doctoral position with the major tasks to assess the climate change
impact on temperate agroforestry systems and to explore adaptation strategies for the design and
management of temperate agroforestry systems.

The main activities comprise (i) calibration, validation and uncertainty analysis of the Hi-sAFe agroforestry
model (ii) model use to assess the impact of climate change on the behavior of agroforestry systems, with a
focus on resilience and production stability (iii) management of a field-scale experiment on the impact of
climate change on a walnut-wheat agroforestry system.

More details about the model and its use for assessing climate change impact can be found in the two
following publications:
- The Ph.D. thesis of G. Talbot (2011) available online here

- The research report of A. Schüller, available online here


The successful candidate will contribute to an international research project called AGFORWARD that is
funding the position. More details about the project can be found on the home.


We are looking for a motivated person able to work with process-based crop models in an interdisciplinary
and international team (UK and Portuguese partners). The model is implemented under the CAPSIS software
platform for the modelling of forest growth.


The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in agriculture, plant sciences, modelling or related sciences
with a background in crop production and expertise in using and improving crop simulation models.
Experiences in the use of object oriented programming languages (Java, C#) is an advantage, but
programming expertise is not required. A good command of English is required, as well as writing skills in
order to publish results in international scientific journals.


We offer a full position paid according to the INRA regulations for scientists at the post doctoral level: the
gross salary ranges from 2200 to 2400 €/month according to experience. The contract will be for a period of
two years. The position is available immediately. Applications (CV, PhD/MSc diplomas, statement of
research interests and achievements, three names of referees) will be considered until the position is filled
and should be sent by e-mail to: Dr. Christian Dupraz, INRA-UMR System, Email: dupraz@supagro.inra.fr