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Field Technician

Applications are invited for a versatile and enthusiastic Field Technician to assist with delivery of field experiments to research groups at the John Innes Centre.

The role

The Field Experimentation Team help to deliver world leading field trials in a range of crops to researchers at the John Innes Centre. The post holder will assist our scientists in delivering crop genetic research, growing experiments in a commercial farm environment. They will work in a team of 6 based in our brand new state of the art field facility near the village of Bawburgh and surrounded by  Church Farm (110 Ha). Fieldwork is also carried out at Morley Farms and the main John Innes Centre site on Norwich Research Park

The post holder will perform field operations using a range of bespoke small scale plot equipment using tractors with guidance and by hand. All field operations must be carried out with care and attention to detail to ensure correct cultivation and application of treatments as appropriate to individual experiments.

They will carry out seed cleaning, preparation and treatment, and any other tasks required to deliver an excellent service to the research groups. This will require a willing and flexible attitude to work and good interactions with the Research Assistants in science groups, mainly in Crop Genetics.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will possess 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent, and have experience in agriculture or horticulture preferably in trials or experimentation. Knowledge of specialist plot equipment would be an advantage. They will have tractor driving and auto-steer experience and certificates for plant protection product application. A driving licence is essential as driving tractors and cars between locations is a requirement of the post (reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability).

The candidate must be able to work outdoors in all weathers for long periods of time. The post holder will be expected to work outside normal working hours at times of seasonal work pressure; autumn and spring sowing, critical field applications in the growing season, during harvest, and seed preparation for autumn sowing. It is essential to work with care and attention to detail. A positive attitude to Health and Safety is essential as the post requires operation of agricultural machinery.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post offered on a permanent basis.

Interviews will be held on 7 June 2019.

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 1003685.

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 29 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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