Research Fellow in Rewilding & Community Agriculture

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term for 12 months with possibility of extension
Reference: 2579
Salary: Starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 21 September 2017
Closing date: 20 October 2017. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 January 2018

Job description

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

Delivering food security, community resilience, and biodiversity through rewilding and community agriculture

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow for the project “Delivering food security, community resilience, and biodiversity through rewilding and community agriculture”. We will compare and contrast the role of large herbivores in community agriculture and rewilding projects, determining how landscapes develop under varying management regimes and exploring how the public values these landscapes. This timely, interdisciplinary project will explore novel approaches and aims to inform post-Brexit agri-environment policies.

The project is funded by the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), a collaborative initiative by the University of Sussex and Institute of Development Studies to develop interdisciplinary research in sustainability.

The post holder will work within an interdisciplinary team led by Dr Christopher Sandom (Life Sciences) and Dr Adrian Ely (Science Policy Research Unit).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed scientist who will play a key role in research design, data collection (both desk and field based), data analysis, literature reviews and dissemination activities, alongside general day-to-day project management, and to contribute energetically to wider SSRP activities. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Life Sciences and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU).

Informal enquiries may be made to Christopher Sandom (

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

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How to apply

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