Industrial Placement - Field Research Students (12 month placement)

Closing Date - Monday 30th November 2020

Location: Boxworth Cambridgeshire, Gleadthorpe Nottinghamshire, High Mowthorpe North Yorkshire and Rosemaund Herefordshire
Salary: Competitive Salary


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 field, glasshouse and laboratory studies in a wide range of agricultural and horticultural crops, specialising in Crop Pathology, Physiology, Soils and Nutrition, Entomology and Weeds.

We have vacancies for Industrial Placement Students, looking to gain knowledge and experience in a research environment.  Placements will be for a period of 1 year, preferably commencing in June/July 2021. An option to extend contracts through July and August 2022 will also be given. Six-month placements that cover March/April to Sept/Oct would also be considered.  You will be working as a member of the team responsible for setting up and undertaking field and plot experiments as part of the ADAS R&D agricultural, horticultural and agri-environmental programs.  

Successful candidates will need to be prepared to be ‘hands-on’ and learn skills on the job, their duties will include a wide range of practical tasks, such as sampling and disease monitoring of plants, assisting marking out and preparation of studies, application of treatments, including spraying of chemicals onto trials, assessments and observations, preparation and processing of plant, soil and water samples, harvesting of plots and collection and processing of data

Ideally, you will be studying to degree level, or equivalent in an agricultural, horticultural, or plant-based science subject.  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 a competitive salary, including payment for additional hours worked, and we encourage continuing professional development.  As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. We want to provide a broad understanding of the job which can lead to permanent employment.

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. Candidates should confirm this and which location they wish to be considered for when applying.  Closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 30th November 2020.

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

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