Forage Crop Specialist


NIAB is a leading independent UK centre for plant research, crop evaluation and agronomy. The Farming Systems group delivers knowledge, products and services to farmers and the wider agriculture industry through a programme of applied science and innovative research. 

As part of this team, the Forage Crop Specialist has a key role in supporting national trials programmes for herbage, maize and other crops, interacting with industry stakeholders and trials operators. The role also has responsibility for developing business and applied research in forage crops, and ensuring effective knowledge exchange with a wide range of audiences.

The work is office and field based, with considerable UK travel and occasionally overseas. The job is office based at Cambridge. It may be possible to be office based in Yorkshire or the South-West, but considerable travel to Cambridge would be necessary. Because of the significant road travel involved, the post-holder will be provided with a company car.

You will need to be well organised and flexible, able to manage high workload peaks, be an effective communicator, and willing to undertake significant UK travel. Candidates should hold a first degree and preferably a PhD, in a crop-related subject, and have experience of crop trials and project management. Knowledge of forage production systems is desirable.

Starting salary in the range £30,000-£38,000 pa, depending on skills, experience and qualifications. Further details and an application form are available on our website: or from the HR Office, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel: 01223 342282, Email:, quoting Ref No: SV/A983. 

Closing date for applications: 10 November 2017. 
Interviews will be held on Friday, 17 November 2017.

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