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Job: Research and Communications Officer, TABLE, Oxford, UK

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TABLE is a global platform for knowledge synthesis, reflective, critical thinking and inclusive stakeholder dialogue on priority concerns and contestations around the future of food. It seeks to facilitate informed discussions about how the food system can become sustainable, resilient, just, and ultimately “good,” and set to out the evidence, assumptions, and values that people bring to food system debates. For more details see  here.

We are seeking a part time Research and Communications Officer to join our team. The successful candidate will be managing ‘Fodder’ our fortnightly newsletter. This will include reviewing recent research and food systems developments and collating approx. 12 items per issue, which will include writing between 3-5 short summaries of relevant journal articles/reports; developing processes for finding and summarising relevant news items; and identifying items for the opportunities and events board. Other key responsibilities will include undertaking administrative tasks such as arranging meetings and note taking and contributing to the planning and delivery of TABLE written materials. You will be supporting TABLE communications more broadly, including updating the website, contributing to our social media presence, and writing content and building mailings in MailChimp.

You must have a Master’s degree in an area relevant to food and sustainability (or equivalent experience gained through PhD to date) and a strong interest in and understanding of food systems and sustainability issues. Excellent and demonstrable English writing skills: the ability to convey technical ideas clearly and concisely and a very strong commitment to writing without bias is essential. You will be able to demonstrate scientific literacy: i.e. understanding of scientific method, peer review processes, journal article structure. Commitment to TABLE’s goals of producing, disseminating and communicating accurate, agenda-free and interdisciplinary knowledge is a must. You will be organised, self-motivated and willing to work closely with other members of the team.

Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in SoGE. SoGE and ECI are committed to equality and value diversity.

This part-time position would suit a PhD/DPhil student (with the support of your supervisor). The post could also be held by somebody seeking to work part-time or by a research facilitator or communicator with an existing part-time role supporting another network or initiative.

This is a part-time post (15 hours per week) offered until 31 December 2024. Remote or hybrid working may be considered for this role.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for application is 12 noon on Monday 12 February 2024, interview will take place week commencing 26 February 2024.

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