New Strategic Research Positions Open at Rothamsted Research

New Strategic Research Positions Open at Rothamsted Research

Whilst the formal application process has now closed and we are in the process of shortlisting we continue to welcome interests for suitably qualified applicants. Those applicants are invited to contact the appropriate recruitment lead directly who if appropriate will advise on the application procedures from here.

  Strategic Roles and Responsibilities

Rothamsted Research ( is at an exciting phase of its tremendous history of advancing scientific knowledge and providing solutions with global impact for agriculture. We develop a new research strategy as a stepping stone to fulfil our purpose to transform agriculture through integrated cutting edge-science that will deliver knowledge and accelerate innovation for the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems. Our emphasis is on arable and grassland-livestock systems, nationally and internationally.  Ultimately, our approach will result in agricultural practices that benefit people along the agri-food chain, the consumers and the environment. We are enabled to achieve our goals by our core outstanding research facilities and capabilities and our strategic partnerships with institutions, universities and companies in the UK and worldwide. Most importantly our collective success is ensured by supporting excellent scientists to achieve success, fulfil their potential and deliver impact.

We are currently recruiting for eight outstanding, highly motivated, strategic thinkers who have high potential to be or already are established research group leaders to fill the following positions:

As a core member of the principal investigator community at Rothamsted Research the successful candidates for all positions are expected to have a PhD degree in relevant areas, significant post-PhD research experience, an excellent track-record of quality and impact peer-review publications, leverage of competitive funding from diverse sources, as well as experience in leading research groups and/or research students to successful completion of projects and building strategic cross-disciplinary collaborations with a range of academic and industrial partners both nationally and internationally.  We will support you in achieving our common goals and your career aspirations by offering a start-up package and continuous professional development.

Initial appointment grades will depend on the successful candidates’ qualifications. Each position will be funded for an initial period of five years with a review at the start of year five, which if successful may lead to tenure.

A highly competitive benefits package and start-up funds covering staff and basic research costs (flexible in specific allocations) to enable the development of highly motivated, fulfilled and productive research groups will be available for the successful candidates.

The Grazing Livestock Systems position is based at North Wyke, Devon, UK, whereas all other positions are located at Rothamsted Research’s headquarters in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK.

More detailed information on these positions and how to register your interest can be found by downloading the Roles and Responsibilities PDF and at:  Candidates are also strongly encouraged to contact the relevant to the post recruitment lead for informal enquiries. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 4 April 2016. The search for suitable candidates may continue until the positions are filled.

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out field trial with GM wheat plants

The trial will test whether GM wheat plants are able to carry out photosynthesis more efficiently in the field and whether this trait could result in a higher yielding crop.

Industry joins forces to tackle global food challenges

The new partnerships were fostered by the Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum.

Scientists uncover hidden wheat treasures

New resource will greatly accelerate scientific discovery and the rate of wheat improvement

Global innovators join forces to answer agri-food challenges

Boosting agricultural production in Africa, using data to drive efficiencies in UK farming, and improving understanding of the plant microbiome are three key issues being addressed at a major conference next week.


Rothamsted Press Office

For further information, please contact:
Professor Angela Karp (, Tel: +44 (0) 1582 938 855

About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.
Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)


BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, BBSRC invested £473M in world-class bioscience, people and research infrastructure in 2015-16. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

More information about BBSRC, our science and our impact.
More information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes.