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Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum


Closing Date:  6 November 2020

The Role 


We seek to appoint a Research Associate to undertake research and project management administration on the EU Horizon 2020 Project Strength2Food.  Strength2Food is a collaborative multi-actor project and the project consortium consists of 30 partners. Further information is available here:


The project is now in its final year and we seek a research associate who can assist with the successful conclusion of the project.  You will be working with other members of the Newcastle team on the project: Matthew Gorton, Carmen Hubbard, Jeremy Phillipson and Barbara Tocco, who are based in Newcastle University’s Business School or School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.


To undertake research and project management administration on the EU Horizon 2020 Project Strength2Food.   The Strength2Food project seeks to :

  • Aid policy makers and other relevant stakeholders in improving the effectiveness of current policies on food quality designations and public sector food procurement to enhance their sustainability and promotion of healthy and nutritious diets

  • Develop and deliver effective policies for improving the overall sustainability of agriculture and capacity for balanced nutrition

  • Demonstrate and validate how to stimulate the development of new quality markets and local food chains through pilot initiatives and innovative actions

  • Maximise the impact of the project’s activities and achievements through effective knowledge exchange and communication with a wide range of relevant stakeholders on up-to-date sustainable practices


The position is full time, fixed-term until 31 May 2021.  You would start as soon as possible. Ideally, you would be based in Newcastle, but given the relatively short-term nature of the position and Covid19 restrictions, home based working is possible.


Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Professor Matt Gorton at


Key Accountabilities


  • To contribute to the production of publications and research deliverables emerging from the project, with a particular focus on short food supply chains and food quality labels

  • To contribute to the submission of deliverables and project related outputs

  • To contribute to technical and financial reporting for the Strength2Food project (both internal and external)

  • To interact and collaborate with partners of the project as well as other relevant projects

  • To liaise with University staff and undertake project related administration

  • To attend, contribute and present at relevant project meetings and conferences (both in the UK and internationally)

  • To contribute to follow on grant funding calls (e.g. H2020 European Green Deal) and interact with other relevant partners.



The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Knowledge of the literatures on sustainable production and consumption models, especially in relation to consumer behaviour of food and / or short food supply chains

  • Ability to prepare technical and financial reports

  • Ability to prepare manuscripts and to publish research results

  • Ability to write fluently in English

  • Ability to work as part of a team and liaise effectively with relevant partners

  • Training in quantitative research methods and statistical modelling/or qualitative research methods and techniques

  • Experience of working on EU collaborative research projects, including the preparation of deliverables

  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: consumer food choice, food retailing, geographical indications, short food supply chains

  • Experience of writing to publication standard

  • Quantitative research skills to analyse survey data and knowledge of statistical software packages (e.g. STATA, SPSS) (Desirable)

  • Qualitative research skills for analysis of interview data and knowledge of software packages (e.g. NVivo) (Desirable)

  • Experience of working on EU collaborative research projects (Desirable)

  • Ability to communicate in other European languages (Desirable)

  • Familiarity with the Strength2Food project (Desirable




  • Possess a PhD degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Agricultural Economics, Food Marketing, Food Nutrition, Rural Development)



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


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