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Field Experimentation Manager

Applications are invited for a Field Experimentation Manager (FM) to join the Field Experimentation Team at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

The role

The post holder will assist John Innes Centre scientists in delivering world leading research mainly in the genetics of wheat, brassica, and legume crops. Our Field Experimentation team (currently 6 staff) is based in our  new state-of-the-art field facility near the village of Bawburgh, Norfolk.

This building serves the John Innes Centre owned Church Farm (100 Ha) on which the post holder will coordinate experiments extended of 10-20 Ha every year. These experiments typically comprise several thousand lines in replicated and randomised experimental designs in plot formats from single plants to 12m2. Scientists use these experiments to identify genes controlling disease resistance, yield, abiotic stress tolerance, and nutritional traits.

Innovative approaches to impose treatments (e.g. drought, nutrient level, light quality, temperature, disease pressure) are implemented at Church Farm and other sites used by the John Innes Centre when appropriate. Collection of phenotypic data using ‘phenomics’ tools is now routine and hands on development of these tools will be an important part of future field work.

The post holder will enjoy strong involvement with the inception and design of these experiments and lead their execution and long term planning for the continued development of the Field Experimentation facility at the John Innes Centre. They will constantly engage with science and support research groups at all levels.

The ideal candidate

The successful applicant will have experience of managing field experiments, excellent management skills, and take pleasure in communicating with a broad community of users in complex scenarios.

They will have relevant experience of collating requirements for multiple users, crop species, and experimental treatments for field experiments. The FM will also have experience in drilling/planting of experiments and the preparation of plants and seeds for the field and organising and overseeing harvest of experiments.

The successful candidate will have direct experience of science communication and of scientific research (commercial or public).

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full time post offered on a permanent basis.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking job-share, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

Interviews will be held on 13 June 2019.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003668. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 14 May 2019.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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