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Animal Feed Formulation Scientist: Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

The James Hutton Institute

Location: Shotts
Salary: £25,500 per annum (year 1) plus benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th November 2018
Closes: 9th December 2018

Fixed Term 3 years

£25,500 per annum (year 1) plus benefits

The research undertaken by The James Hutton Institute is at the top of the global agenda addressing problems such as the threats to food and water security and the impact of climate change.

In association with Davidson Brothers (Shotts) Ltd (DBSL), the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences (EBS) group are recruiting a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Associate position which will develop new seaweed-based animal feeds with improved nutritional profiles and act as a conduit for knowledge transfer between Hutton and DBSL. More KTP information can be found here:

The successful candidate will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain marketable skills, broaden knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable experience from industrial and academic mentors. *The KTP Associate will also benefit from a tax-free Personal Development Budget of £6,000.

The Associate will assess the suitability of various seaweeds for formulation into animal feeds and develop nutritionally balanced formulations suitable for production into novel test feeds. They will also assess their physical properties, processability and develop methods to judge their nutritional suitability and acceptability by animals.

To deliver effectively in this role you must have an upper second class (2.1) degree in a relevant biological science. Laboratory experience, with some background in chemistry, would be valuable and an MSc qualification in a relevant field may also be of value. You must be numerate, organised and able to absorb and distil large amounts of information, demonstrable ability to handle numerical data and to produce written reports. You must have experience in the production and delivery of presentations and display flexible communications skills for interactions with DBSL staff, Hutton scientists, supplier companies, and DBSL customers. Overall, enthusiasm, self-motivation, and inquisitiveness is essential with an appetite for problem solving and learning.

This post will be based at the industrial partners premises in Shotts but a willingness to travel is required as the academic and company sites are 70 miles apart with no direct public transport, therefore a driving licence and transport would be useful.

40 hours per week Monday to Friday 0800 - 1700.

You must have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for this position.

For further information and to apply please visit

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