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Research Assistant - Pest & Pathogen Ecology

NIAB

Location: NIAB East Malling, New Road, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ

Closing date: 14 June 2024 with interviews being held on 9 July 2024

Working hours: 37 hours per week, Monday-Friday

ABOUT THE JOB

We are recruiting an organised, hard-working individual to join our friendly and busy team to help in the delivery of a wide range of research projects and commercial trials in the area of Horticultural Trials within the Pest and Pathogen Ecology Team.

As a Research Assistant, your key duties include:

  • Assist in the preparation of protocols for field and glasshouse trials
  • Preliminary construction of reports
  • Field work, such as preparing trial materials and marking out trials; applying treatments (spraying); monitoring crop husbandry; collating experimental data (plant, disease, pests); accurate record keeping; biocontrol, pollinator and wildflower identification.
  • Laboratory work, Invitro testing of plant protection products. invertebrate and pathogen identification, maintaining cultures of pest, pathogens and plants.
  • Data entry, quality checks and administration such as ordering consumables.

Comprehensive training will be provided.

You will be joining NIAB’s Pest & Pathogen Ecology Department, which aims to understand the ecology of pests, pathogens, host plants and natural enemies at community, whole organism and molecular levels to develop more effective and sustainable management of horticultural crops.

The role at times can be physically demanding and includes working in all weather conditions outdoors and in polytunnels/glasshouses. In peak seasons, working pattern may vary from day to day.

Location

The role is based at East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ.  East Malling is three miles from junction four of the M20, with plenty of free on-site parking.  NIAB East Malling can easily be accessed by the London Victoria to Dover (via Ashford International) rail route via West Malling station.  Alternatively, exit the train at the East Malling station and take the short walk onto site.

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Adrian Harris, Horticultural Trials Co-ordinator, Commercial Services, Adrian.Harris@niab.com

Benefits include 25 days’ holiday plus public holidays and 3 days off during the Christmas period, flexible working, generous sick pay, attractive pension scheme, income protection, life assurance, employee discount scheme, free on-site parking and great colleagues.

ABOUT YOU

Essential requirements

Ideally you have:

  • BSc in biology/biological sciences or equivalent qualifications/experience in horticulture
  • Competency in Microsoft Office (ideally Word, Excel and SharePoint)
  • Accurate observational and data recording skills with high attention to detail
  • Practical experience of field and/or glasshouse work in a science or horticulture environment
  • Full UK driving licence or access to independent means of travelling, enabling you to travel to grower sites. Transport can be provided.

Desirable requirements

Ideally you may also have:

  • Pesticide application certification (PA1 and PA6 or PA9)
  • Practical experience of working in a laboratory
  • Experience in crop protection
  • Knowledge of plant pest and pathogen identification

See full Job Description on our website for more details.

ABOUT US

NIAB – Plant science into practice

Come and join an organisation at the forefront of the application of genetics, physiology, soil science, precision agronomy and data science to improve the yield, efficiency, and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors.

NIAB actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. As a Disability Confident Employer we have a positive approach to employing people living with a disability.

TO APPLY

Click the ‘Apply’ button above for further details and to apply directly. Any questions? Email jobs@niab.com or call Human Resources on 01732 523797.

World class experience, skills and resources

Location: Kent
Salary: £27,562 + per annum depending on skills, qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 31st May 2024
Closes: 14th June 2024
Job Ref: SV/A1373
   
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