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Field Technician

Applications are invited for a Field Technician to join our Field Experimentation Team.


The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.

The post holder will be part of a team assisting John Innes Centre scientists to deliver crop genetics research through growing experiments in a commercial farm environment, performing field operations using a range of bespoke small-scale plot equipment and by hand.

The role

The post holder will be actively involved in all aspects of the Field Experimentation Team’s operations including sowing of experiments by hand and using specialist equipment, plant husbandry and the application of plant protection products, harvesting, threshing and processing of plants and seeds.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and enthusiasm for good plant husbandry and have excellent communication skills.

Being willing and flexible to work outside of normal working hours when required is essential along with the ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills.

Due to the rural location of the Field Experimentation base, candidates must possess a valid driver’s licence (reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability).

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £19,250 to £23,321 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time contract offered on a permanent basis.

Interviews are expected to be held on 5 March 2020.

Note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003854.

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.

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