Arable Crop Pathologist

Closing Date - Monday 6th January 2020

Location:             Rosemaund (Near Hereford, UK)
Salary:                 £23,000 - £31,000
Contract type:   Permanent

The company

ADAS, part of RSK Group Ltd, is the UK’s largest provider of research and advice on agricultural and environmental issues.  With over 75 years’ experience, ADAS has an amazing track record of providing agricultural, horticultural and environmental consultancy & research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector.  ADAS has a unique combination of insight and practical experience, underpinned by robust, informed, science-based information that allows us to meet the needs of both our domestic and international clients. 

The team

The ADAS plant pathology team provide research and consultancy expertise to improve management of arable crop diseases. The team conducts innovative research and develops sustainable and practical strategies for the management of foliar, stem and root diseases. Research areas include integrated management of plant pathogens, fungicide resistance management, crop genetic improvement, development and optimisation of biological and cultural control methods, fungicide and biopesticide efficacy trials, disease monitoring, reporting and forecasting.

The role

The role will be office-based and require some outdoor work.  This will focus on overseeing the management of field experiments in Herefordshire, Wales and Devon, it may also involve managing some glasshouse, polytunnel or laboratory experiments.

Travel and some working away from home will be required and you will work closely with the technical teams at Rosemaund, Nr Hereford and other ADAS sites. After appropriate training, you will be responsible for writing and agreeing protocols, monitoring project progress, analysis and interpretation of results into practical messages. You will communicate those messages through reports, press articles, on conference platforms, in client meetings, through ADAS initiatives and industry events, and writing peer-review papers. 

The outcome of your work will be real improvements to the efficiency and sustainability of crop production.

What you will be doing

  • Manage projects throughout the complete project cycle (including preparing bids, planning team requirements/resources and ensuring timely and profitable delivery).
  • Identifying further work in these areas and developing your own projects.
  • Deliver practical research and consultancy on the sustainable control of the major diseases affecting arable crops. 
  • Developing sound and effective working relationships with project funders, collaborators and colleagues in order to grow the business.
  • Raise the profile of the crop protection sector and ADAS by presenting at science and industry conferences and by writing peer-reviewed papers.

What we offer

  • Salary range is subject to experience, with scope to increase over time as your career develops.  
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contributions
  • A flexible benefits programme 
  • Training and mentoring to assist in career development. Including potential to attend suitable conferences and events, and support in Chartership of professional memberships.
  • Potential for international travel as the role develops.  
  • Company funded life assurance

The successful candidate will 

  • Apply knowledge of biology underpinned by scientific understanding to manage research experiments that produce robust and credible scientific data and information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of crop production and arable disease management in order to meet client needs.
  • Ensure that scientific research projects are planned, managed and lead to achieve stated objectives within the agreed timescale and budget.
  • Demonstrate strong ability for analysing and organising large, complex datasets.
  • Write client reports, scientific papers and bids that are clear, logical and persuasive, meeting the needs of clients and achieving the objective of the communication for ADAS.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences to transfer the knowledge gained.  This will include speaking at grower meetings, presenting to conferences of scientists and/or practitioners and writing technical articles and leaflets.
  • Recognise and understand the team’s aims and objectives and participate fully in achieving these with team members by adapting your own input to suit the needs of the team.

What we require

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Valid UK driving licence.
  • A strong ‘can do’ attitude with flexibility and willingness to take on a wide range of challenges.
  • Flexibility – to travel within the UK and occasionally overseas.

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 midnight on Monday 6th January 2020 and interviews will be held on the 22/23rd January at ADAS Rosemaund, Preston Wynne, Hereford, HR1 3PG.

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.

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RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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