Senior Research Technicians (Pathology, Physiology, Soils and Nutrients)

Closing Date - Wednesday 9th October 2019

Location: Boxworth, Cambridgeshire
Salary: £16,500 – £20,000, depending on experience

ADAS provides expert solutions and policy advice on agricultural and environmental issues. Our Soils, Crops and Water Business carry out a wide range of technical laboratory, glasshouse and field studies in a wide range of horticultural and agricultural crops, specialising in Crop Pathology, Physiology, Soils and Nutrition, Entomology and Weeds.

We have vacancies for Research Technicians working in our field experiments team, both on-site and on grower holdings.  The roles will be mainly field-based, working on a number of field and glasshouse experiments, focusing on crop pathology, physiology, soils and nutrients.  One role will specialise in laboratory and glasshouse pathology work.  Duties will include assisting marking out of studies, application of treatments, collection and processing of samples, disease monitoring of plants, weed identification,  spraying of chemicals onto trials, in-field assessments and observations, preparation and processing of plant, soil and water samples, harvesting of plots and collection and processing of data. The role requires good communication skills with both team and lone working. Successful candidates will need to be prepared to be ‘hands-on’ and learn skills on the job.

Successful candidates will ideally have a science background, with an interest in crop pathology, physiology, weeds and soils and nutrients, or be able to demonstrate an interest and willingness to learn skills in these areas. Candidates will be required to work 40 hours a week.  Due to the seasonal nature of the work a flexible approach is needed, as there will be a requirement to work overtime (evenings and weekends) during busy periods to ensure scientific objectives are met, and delivery within suitable weather conditions are optimized.  A full driving licence to drive manual vehicles in the UK is essential.

In return, we offer an annual salary of £16,500 – £20,000, depending on experience, with payment for additional hours worked. We encourage continuing professional development.  As an entrepreneurial organisation, we foster the growth of our employees.

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all. As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work-life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.  Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

How to apply

To apply for this position please visit the RSK Group careers portal and click ‘apply’.  A personal online account will be set up so you can review the progress of your application.  If you require any additional information about the role please contact Lisa Hallington, HR Advisor on 01623 848341 or email

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain. RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

The closing date for applications is 8 am Wednesday 9th October 2019

Interviews will be held at ADAS Boxworth on Wednesday 23rd October 2019

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