Research Assistant in Land Economy

University of Cambridge Department of Land Economy

Farm Business Survey Are you familiar with farm accounts?

The Rural Business Unit (RBU) in the Department of Land Economy has an exciting vacancy for a Research Assistant.

The Post To be involved in the longest running independent survey of farm businesses, confidentially providing information on the financial position and business performance of farmers and growers. Responsible for liaising with farmer co-operators, including traveling to farms. The collection and analysis of physical and financial data from agricultural businesses in connection with the Farm Business Survey. Working within specialised teams, full training will be provided with on-going mentoring as the successful candidate progress to independent working.

Key Requirements An HND or degree, preferably in Agriculture or a related subject. A good knowledge of UK farming systems and business management. Excellent communication, organisational and administrative skills. A high level of numeracy is essential, as is a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, and in particular the use of spreadsheets. A willingness to work flexibly, as demanded by the nature of the role, is also essential. The RBU publishes findings of the Farm Business Survey on the internet at The RBU is a leading UK centre in agricultural economics and undertakes a substantial programme of research for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Further information can be found on our website at: http:// The RBU carries out the Farm Business Survey within a grouping of universities and colleges known as Rural Business Research. Further information can be found on the website: This post involves travel throughout England for which an allowance will be paid.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2022 in the first instance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Mr Ben Lang

Interviews maybe carried out online due to current circumstance

Please quote reference JP23320 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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