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Strategic Coordinator for Table - A collaboration for exploring evidence and values in global food system debates

School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
South Parks Road, Oxford, United Kingdom OX1 3QY

Posted: 21/07/2020

Deadline: 24/08/2020

Compensation: £41,526 – £49,553 p.a. (pro rata)

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract Remote working

Job description

As public interest in the environmental and social impacts of the food system has grown, debates about the future of food are receiving ever more public attention and becoming more intense and polarised. In response to this, the University of Oxford, Wageningen University & Research and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences are in the process of establishing a collaborative international initiative, Table, whose focus will be to explore key contestations and debates around food. Grounded in academia, and founded on the principle that scientific understanding is necessary but not sufficient, our aim will be to clarify the arguments that cluster around issues that stakeholders feel to be of most concern, engaging closely with a diversity of academic and non-academic voices and perspectives on food sustainability. Our hope is that greater shared clarity on both areas of consensus and deeper causes of disagreements will lead to discussion that is more collaborative and reflective.

The collaboration is looking to appoint a part time Strategic Coordinator to help establish Table as a known, respected and internationally-relevant initiative with a clearly communicated purpose; to coordinate activities among the three participating institutions and to help expand the partnership to four or more members. A priority will be to secure additional funding; the successful candidate will need to be prepared to devote considerable time to setting Table on a secure financial footing beyond its first year of seed funding and will therefore have a demonstrable track record of food-relevant funder engagement, success in securing previous research funding through grant writing and other means (£500k+ per annum) and financial management.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience. You will have an excellent and proven track record in securing external funding for research, including grant writing, budget management, and knowledge of the funding and grant making landscape as relevant to food. You will have demonstrable skills in networking and collaboration-building, with a good pre-existing list of contacts across the food system space. Senior management skills, and a commitment to working collaboratively and non-hierarchically with a small team of motivated individuals is essential.

This is a fixed term, part-time (50% FTE) post for 12 months in the first instance. This may be offered as a secondment opportunity.

Table draws inspiration from the work of the Food Climate Research Network ( and its sister initiative, Foodsource (, both based at the University of Oxford, and founded and led by Dr Tara Garnett. Table represents an evolution and replacement of FCRN/Foodsource and Tara will remain actively involved in Table as one of its research directors.

Application information

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 applications is 12 midday on Monday 24 August 2020, and interviews will be held in early September 2020.

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About School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Based within the University of Oxford's Social Sciences Division, the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) is a dynamic, diverse, interdisciplinary academic department, home to natural and social scientific interests. The School is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching, research and wider engagement across the breadth of human and physical geography and environmental studies.