Job opportunities: Livestock, Environment and People

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Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP)

Call for job applicants

May 2017

Supported by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme.

The Wellcome Trust is the UK’s largest funder of research outside government. Its Our Planet Our Health Programme seeks to explore the complex interrelationship between health and environmental sustainability. In early 2017 it announced support for four major interdisciplinary research partnerships in the areas of global food systems and urbanization.

Our partnership, led by the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, aims to study the multiple effects of the changing fraction of animal-sourced food (notably meat and dairy) in global diets. The project seeks to understand the factors that determine the amount of meat and dairy we eat, and the consequences for population health; it will also explore the varying environmental consequences of different types of livestock production. An important goal of the project is to assess the effectiveness of different interventions, including developing models to understand the effects of different policies, and provide tools for policy makers working in health, agriculture and the environment.

We are seeking to recruit talented and ambitious early career researchers keen to develop their careers in this exciting area. Unless stated, the positions will be based at the University of Oxford (at postdoctoral grade 7) and be for four years. For further details of the project and information about terms of employment please follow the links below or contact the relevant leads.


Modelling the Food System (Lead: Dr Peter Scarborough). (a) A researcher with modelling expertise who can help develop a global dynamic health model, linking it to economic and environmental modules [applications now closed]. (b) A social scientist with computer modelling expertise based at the International Food Policy Research Institute (working with Dr Keith Wiebe) in Washington DC who will work with their global food system economic model (IMPACT) to deepen its treatment of animal-sourced food and link it to health and environment modules [].

Enabling Change (Lead: Dr Jamie Lorimer assisted by Dr Tara Garnett). Two social scientists to investigate: a) the political economics of livestock production and consumption, the different framing of discourses and scenarios around animal-sourced foods, and to perform quantitative analysis of changing social norms around meat and dairy: b) the qualitative dimensions of meat and dairy through ethnographic and observational analysis, and to carry out participatory research and stakeholder dialogue exercises [applications now closed].

Diet and Health (Lead: Professor Susan Jebb). (a) Working with Professor Paul Aveyard (i) A senior behavioural scientist (grade 8/9) to develop and test interventions to reduce meat consumption, including research in partnership with Sainsbury’s [applications now closed], (ii) A research assistant to support the intervention studies (Grade 6) [applications now closed] (b) Working with Professor Tim Key (i) a nutritional epidemiologist and (ii) a molecular epidemiologist to use dietary data from several cohort studies (including the Million Women Study, EPIC and the UK Biobank) to quantify associations of animal-sourced foods with disease risk [applications now closed].

Environment (Lead: Professor Jim Hall). (a) A hydrological modeller to work on the interaction of food and water systems, integrating water-use data into broader food system models [applications now closed]. (b) (Working with Professor Ray Pierrehumbert) A researcher familiar with life-cycle analysis and greenhouse gas production in agricultural systems to study the environmental effect of the release of different molecules on climate change (three years) [applications now closed]. (c) (Working with Dr Joseph Kiesecker) The Nature Conservancy will hire a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in ecological modelling to be based in Fort Collins, CO, USA to study the effect of changing demand for meat and dairy on biodiversity and water quality using spatially explicit models [applications now closed].

Coordination and Public Engagement (Working with Project Directors Professors Charles Godfray & Susan Jebb). (i) A 0.5 FTE Programme Manager (Grade 8) to assist the Directors in all aspects of running the consortium and engaging with different stakeholders [applications now closed].(ii) A 0.6 FTE Public Engagement Coordinator to help the programme engage with multiple public audiences on the health and environment consequences of dietary change [applications now closed].

For general enquiries about the project please contact

Equality of Opportunity

Entry into employment with the University and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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