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Principal Research Economist (Grade 7) – Head of Commodity Market and Trade Research

REF: IRC254469

DEPARTMENT: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI)

SALARY: £48,829 - £53,518

LOCATION: AFBI Headquarters, Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5PX

AFBI is seeking an enthusiastic, internationally recognised individual to lead a programme of economics based research on commodity markets and trade. The post-holder will have the opportunity to progress an established modelling system which is currently delivering key evidence for the UK’s devolved administrations with regard to EU exit, lead the further development of this platform and build up their own programme. The individual will join a growing team of economists in AFBI who have an increasing role in influencing government and industry policies and strategies. AFBI’s expertise spans key areas of agriculture, animal and veterinary science as well as the environment, fisheries and food. As such the individual will have the opportunity to develop and deliver on a multi-disciplinary programme through integration with AFBI’s science base as well as its network of partners.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information, including the duties and responsibilities of the post and the criteria to be used during the recruitment and selection process, please click on the Candidate Information Booklet link below.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC254469

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 24th April 2020.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Roman Catholics and Females as these groups are currently under-represented within AFBI.

AFBI is an Equal Opportunities Employer