Research Technician (Soil Nutrition/Crop Physiology)

Closing Date - Monday 5th August 2019

  • Position: Full Time and Permanent
  • Location: ADAS Boxworth, Cambridgeshire

ADAS provide 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 a vacancy for a Research Technician working in our field experiments team, both on-site and on grower holdings.

The Role

The role will be mainly field based, working on a number of mainly soils and nutrients experiments, along with working on physiology and pathology experiments.

Duties will include:

  • Assisting marking out of studies
  • Application of treatments
  • Collection and processing of samples
  • Disease monitoring of plants
  • Spraying of chemicals onto trials
  • In-field assessments and observations
  • Preparation and processing of plant, soil and water samples,
  • Harvesting of plots
  • 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.

Desirable Skills and Experience

Successful candidates will ideally have a science background, with an interest in soils and crop physiology, or be able to demonstrate an interest and willingness to learn skills in these areas, along with plant pathology. 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.

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 Business Partner on 01623 848341 or email Closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 5th August 2019.

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 Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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