Research Technicians – (Fixed Term 5-6 months)

Closing Date - Monday 23rd March 2020

Location: ADAS Rosemaund, Herefordshire
Salary: £15,500 – £19,000, 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 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 a number of Research Technicians, looking to gain knowledge and experience in a research environment.  Contracts will be for a period of 5-6 months, preferably commencing in March/April 2019, with potential opportunities of full-time employment thereafter.  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 on processing of data

Successful candidates will either have a qualification in an agricultural, horticultural, or plant-based science subject 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.  Opportunities may arise for permanent positions during and after the fixed term period.

In return, we offer a pro rata salary of £15,500 – £19,000, depending on experience, with payment for additional hours worked. 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.

About us

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

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/s they wish to be considered for when applying. Candidates may apply for all posts with a single application, or specify which site/s they wish to be considered for.  To apply 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 Closing date for applications is  9 am on Monday 23rd March 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

For more information, visit the ADAS and RSK Group websites.

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