Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Senior Researcher (Food and Health)

By Madeleine Penkett

4th August 2021

This role will suit you if you want to help level the playing field for a fair food system, joining a national, networked organisation, focussed on helping to make change happen.

In our 2019 landmark report, Our Future in the Land, we set out recommendations to make healthy food everybody’s business. As we move from recommendation to implementation, we are looking for an outstanding Senior Researcher to help deliver our Food and Health programme of work.

The programme is focussed on levelling the playing field for a fair food system, so that healthy, agroecologically-grown food is accessible and affordable, that the influence of ultra-processed foods in our food system is minimised, and that diversified/local food systems are better understood for the role they can play in broader food system transformation.

Over the next two years we will frame debates and trial innovative approaches at a local level, with a particular focus on bringing citizen voices to policy makers, food system actors and our partners.

This role will suit you if you have:

  • Expert knowledge of one or more of our core Food and Health themes – healthy and sustainable diets, food systems and food system change, and/or community-based food systems – with strong research experience and understanding of policy development
  • Experience of managing complex, intersectoral work programmes with the ability to work across multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to establish effective working relationships with a diverse and authoritative group of stakeholders
  • A shared sense of purpose for our mission, with commitment to finding practical solutions to the climate, nature, health and economic crises

To learn more about the role, please download the Job Description at the top of this page.

FFCC is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and celebrates these qualities as essential principles of a fair and sustainable society. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and are actively seeking to ensure our team is representative of the diversity of UK countries.

Contract type: Fixed term until March 2023 (with potential for extension)

Hours: Full time

Closing date: 23:59 on Tuesday 31st August 2021

Salary: Up to £40,000, dependent on experience

Location: Home based, or co-working space in Bristol

To apply: Please send your CV and a one page cover letter, explaining why you are suitable for this role and your reasons for applying, to joanna.stickler@ffcc.co.uk

First stage interviews will be held on the 6th and 7th September.