Want to work at the cutting edge of environmental science research? Passionate about making a difference and playing your part in tackling the climate and nature crises? Forest Research (FR) is a leading UK scientific research organisation that provides impactful scientific data, evidence and advice to policymakers and practitioners. Internationally recognised, we want to work with people who have the skills and passion to deliver impactful science which informs practical solutions across the sector.
We’re small enough that your voice is heard, yet large enough, as part of the Forestry Commission, that we have everything on hand to get the job done, as well as a variety of career pathways. Our staff are dedicated to their work and sharing it with others to bring positive change for our natural environment. With locations across the UK, you will find us a flexible and inclusive employer who promotes agile working to help you manage your work life balance.
The post is based in the Silviculture and Wood Properties Science Group of Forest Research. The main aims of the team are to improve the scientific understanding of: (1) silvicultural practice with the objective of increasing the resilience of forests to climate change and biotic threats, and (2) the effects of silvicultural and environmental factors on wood properties, with the objective of enhancing the value of timber. Our work is currently focused on seven main areas: silvicultural systems; pesticides and vegetation management; regeneration and early stand tending; wood properties; emerging species; long term experiments and upland silviculture. We achieve our aims using a range of scientific methods including field experiments, surveys, modelling, laboratory studies and literature reviews. The team has a strong track record of producing respected practical guidance on the management of forests and how to improve wood quality, supporting this with evidence published in peer-reviewed scientific papers. There are 11 people in the team based at Alice Holt Lodge on the Surrey / Hampshire border and the Northern Research Station near Edinburgh. A key feature of our work is co-operation with the Technical Services Unit, who carry out most of our fieldwork.