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Research Officer (Farming & Land Use)

Soil Association


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join the Soil Association and champion animal welfare in an impactful role dedicated to sustainable farming practices.


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£28500 - £29800

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Home-Based or Bristol office based with hybrid working (occasional UK travel may be required)

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In-person- Bristol United Kingdom

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Expires at anytime

Organisation Summary

The Soil Association is a unique UK charity engaged in transformative work across human health, the environment, and animal welfare. As an advocate for change, it leads farming innovation, nourishes communities with healthy food, bolsters the organic market, and is a guardian of forests. Joining the Soil Association means contributing to meaningful change where it matters most.

Role Summary

  • Lead research and provide technical input for livestock health and welfare programs.
  • Enhance positive welfare resource tiers for adoption by farmers and the wider industry.
  • Coordinate and analyze welfare and antibiotic data for certification licensees.

Role Requirements

  • Degree in animal health/welfare or a related field, or equivalent research experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of livestock health and welfare challenges.
  • Proficient in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Adept at reviewing and presenting scientific research.
  • Strong writing skills tailored to diverse audiences.


  • 27-30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with tenure increments.
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment choices and employer contributions.
  • Complimentary Soil Association membership and organic produce discounts.
  • Opportunities for volunteering and supporting eco-friendly initiatives.
  • Family-friendly policies and options for flexible working.
  • Access to a Cycle to Work scheme.
  • A collaborative workplace with a shared passion for a sustainable lifestyle.

About our Organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market, and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the Opportunity

Do you believe all farm animals should live a good life and that positive animal welfare and minimising antibiotic use should be a priority within our production systems?

Then take on this role at the centre of Soil Association Farming and Land Use Team livestock welfare programmes to ensure they have the validation, evidence, and scientific rigor to achieve the impact required. This role will provide research, data and technical input to the farming and land use livestock health and welfare programmes and play a key role in advancing the positive welfare resource tiers for widespread uptake by farmers and industry. It will support and co-ordinate other livestock health and welfare data programmes, including the analysis and reporting of Soil Association Certification licensees’ welfare outcome data and antibiotics data.

About You

To be successful in this role you will be degree educated and/or have research experience in animal health and welfare or closely related subject. You will have extensive knowledge of livestock health and welfare issues and strong understanding of the challenges for farmers regarding livestock health and welfare. A big focus of this role is reviewing and presenting scientific evidence and data. Therefore we need you to have extensive experience undertaking qualitative and quantitative data analysis along with reviewing and presenting academic and applied research data. Strong writing skills, and experience of writing for a range of audiences will also be a great skill to bring to the role.

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days with length of service plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time)
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution increasing with length of service
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies and flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce


30 - 37.5 hours per week (0.8 - 1 FTE)



Home-Based with occasional travel within the UK


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