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Senior Field Research Technicians

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Location: Boxworth

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

We are looking to recruit a number of Senior Field Research Technicians to work full time.  These roles will be based out of Boxworth, Cambridgeshire. Currently, we are operating remote working for many of our office-based employees and this is expected to evolve into a blended working arrangement when restrictions enable this.

Working within the ADAS Soils, Crops and Water Business, these practical field-based roles will be working on scientific projects for clients, including Government, and some of the most progressive and successful UK and internationally based businesses, focusing on efficient food production and related environmental issues in a sustainable industry.  The successful applicants will specialise primarily in one of the following disciplines, Pathology, Physiology, Soils and Nutrients, Entomology, or Weeds, whilst building wider skills and knowledge across the whole team, through embracing  a “one team” ethos. As part of the role they will establish excellent working relationships with colleagues, through strong communication during the delivery of work and interaction with clients.  The Senior Field Research Technician role will include management of mainly field, alongside some glasshouse, polytunnel and laboratory experiments at ADAS sites and at numerous commercial growers throughout the UK.

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities will include

  • Deliver practical research for a range of agricultural crops, working predominantly in the disciplines, pathology, physiology, soils and nutrients, entomology, and weeds.
  • Develop specialist technical expertise to deliver on-site trial work and implement applied research and knowledge exchange.
  • Lead implementation of on-site field/glasshouse/polytunnel/laboratory work and liaise with clients and colleagues to ensure on time delivery.
  • Manage projects ensuring key objectives and deadlines, are met, ensuring high levels of scientific credibility and client satisfaction are achieved.
  • Develop a sound and effective working relationship with colleagues, collaborators and the industry in order to grow the business.

Duties and tasks of the role 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.
  • Carrying out all trials related research activities, ensuring protocols are understood and all work is carried out in a consistent, scientifically valid and reproducible fashion to enabling all trial activities are delivered to high levels of scientific credibility and defendable.  
  • Ensure that scientific research projects are planned, managed and lead to achieve stated objectives within the agreed timescale and budget.
  • The roles requires good communication skills with both team and lone working, alongside representing the wider ADAS Soils, Crops and Water Business through positive interactions with growers and clients when at trial sites.
  • Assist consultants with report writing, statistical analysis and technical note writing.
  • Manage own time effectively and efficiently to maximise trial delivery.

Person specification:

  • A-levels or higher in a relevant subject discipline and or ability to demonstrate an interest in agriculture or scientific research.
  • A full driving licence to drive manual vehicles in the UK is essential.
  • All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • A progressive attitude with flexibility and willingness to take on a wide range of challenges.
  • Flexibility – to travel within the UK and overseas.

Salary and benefits:

  • Pay commensurate with experience
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care
  • Regular training and career development 

Apply

To apply please visit the RSK Careers Portal and click apply

Normal hours of work are 40 per week.  Normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.   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.

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