Technical Research Assistant


Fixed Term Until 31st March 2019

Based at East Malling in Kent, NIAB EMR is an internationally renowned plant science organisation conducting research on horticultural crops and their interactions with the environment, with particular emphasis on perennial and clonally propagated fruit crops. NIAB EMR became part of The NIAB Group in February 2016. NIAB is the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation, with rapidly expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, Government and academia. Employing more than 300 people across the UK, NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors.

The successful candidate will support the Genetics, Genomics and Breeding department primarily involved in the delivery of Innovate UK projects.  Assisting research scientists in the provision of project objectives working in a team or independently to reach these aims.  The appointment will be for 15 months in the first instance.

Duties will include assisting in research projects, including both field and laboratory work, laboratory maintenance, supervising temporary staff and work experience students, as well as maintaining quarantine cultures.  In addition the candidate will carry out data input and maintain project records as well as undertaking basic routine statistical analyses.  The ability to act on initiative and problem solve during this weekend work is essential, although support will always be available. During the summer months, air temperature in the polytunnel/glasshouse can exceed 35˚C and the appointee should be prepared to work for 1-2 hours at a time under these conditions.

The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic individual with good organisational and time management skills, able to work independently as well as within a team.  Previous experience in field and/or laboratory work is essential.  A willingness to work flexible hours is essential.

The appointment will be on Pay Band 9, £17,537 per annum. 25 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays, pleasant working environment and eligibility to join the company pension scheme upon appointment. 

Further details and an application form can be obtained by e-mail from  Please include a detailed CV with your application.  Closing date:  23rd January 2018

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