19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

All to play for if full benefits of organic farming for wildlife, the environment and health are to be realised

29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

ORC staff at Trent Lodge, Jan 2020

Working with us

Paid employment

Principal Researcher - Agroforestry (G8)
REF: RES2002
Salary range: 30,009 - 55,798 per annum

The Organic Research Centre is the UKs leading independent research centre focusing on the development and promotion of sustainable, agroecological solutions to food, farming and environmental issues, including organic farming and agroforestry. ORC is a registered charity with ca. 25 staff and funded primarily by project grants and contracts, from government, EU and foundation sources, as well as voluntary donations.

We are looking to appoint a Principal Researcher - Agroforestry (G8); the principal duties include managing the agroforestry research programme and individual projects (including financial monitoring), carrying out research and contributing to the programme and projects specifically, but not exclusively, in the field of agroforestry research. Lead ORC participation in national and international bids, support other staff in leading project bids and work in conjunction with the KE manager to organise and undertake knowledge transfer.

Candidates must be qualified to at least PhD or equivalent experience in agroforestry/ agricultural sciences. You should have a track record of project acquisition, scientific and conference publications and experience of working within international research consortia. Experience of project and programme management and administration is essential as well as experience of project resource and financial management. Proven communication and interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to work with a range of both internal and external partners. Experience of staff management would also be desirable.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. Further details can be downloaded below.

The closing date for applications is 10am Monday 27th July. Interviews will be via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 5th August.

Download the application pack here or download individual components below

Charity trustees

If you would be interested in being a Trustee of the Charity, please get in contact with the Director, Lucy MacLennan.


Our internship programme is closed until further notice

If you are looking for practical work opportunities on organic farms, we regret that we are not able to assist. Here are a few links worth trying:

  • Willing Workers On Organic Farms is a membership charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience in the UK;
  • The Soil Association runs the Future Growers scheme providing traineeships and apprenticeships. They also maintain a list of external job vacancies and opportunities available on organic holdings and at likeminded organisations across the UK;
  • Environment Jobs lists jobs and volunteering opportunities in this area.

Postgraduate research

Opportunities may exist for MSc and PhD research projects linked to our current research areas. Contact the relevant team leader for further information.

Participatory research

Much of our research involves participatory engagement of producers and other businesses - we currently have over 50 businesses working with us and have now established a Participatory Research Network to develop this work. If you are a producer, processor or other business interested in getting involved with research, please contact the Senior Programme Manager.

Partner organisations

ORC works collaboratively on projects and in its dissemination of results with a number of UK and European partners.

Europe-wide, ORC was a founding member of The European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (ECO-PB) for more information see their website www.ecopb.org.

We are members of FQH the International Research Association for Organic Food Quality and Health. www.organicfqhresearch.org.

ORC is also a partner in Organic Centre Wales.

ORC works closely with IOTA, who have undertaken collation and analysis of organic research. Reports with practical recommendations for use by advisers and others is available on www.organicadvice.org.uk/res_reviews_public.htm.

Organic e-prints provides a fully searchable archive for all organic research. To upload results and search projects Europe wide go to www.orgprints.org.