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Rothamsted Research

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Field Trials Assistant - Placement Student

Salary Details:
£16,000 p/a
Work Area:
Closing Date:
31 Jan 2020
Overview Of Role

As world population grows so does the demand for food - but how will we grow enough to feed all these people, without further harming the planet?

Our ultimate goal is to find solutions to this very urgent global challenge.

What sets us apart

We view science as a continuum, from blue skies to green fields, and we span both - supported by unique capabilities and interdisciplinary teams and strengthened by partnerships in 50 countries. Strategic research is the tool to confront complex problems, and our systems approach is the only way to achieve the highly productive but environmentally-benign farming and food innovations the world desperately needs.

What we can offer

Rothamsted Research will offer two 1 year placements for students who are studying a relevant Agricultural BSc and are looking to work in industry during their placement year.  These are fantastic opportunities to work on predominately arable farms as part of a large and experienced farm team. 

The placements are located at:

Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Our main 33 Ha site and home to the ‘Classical’ agricultural experiments started by our founder Sir John Lawes in 1843.

Brooms Barn, Suffolk, where we have 77Ha.

Typical duties will include field plot work, commercial cropping and estate maintenance, plus some office administration work. The successful applicant will gain experience of working with dedicated small plot machinery such as drills and combines and using GPS technologies to site trials, alongside the usual larger scale machinery used in commercial cropping. Experience of operating the machines is not a pre-requisite as both “on the job” and formal training will be provided.

This position can be tailored to your interests slightly e.g. workshop work, crop walking with the agronomist or attendance at several agronomy events through the year. The basic salary will be £16,000 per year and paid overtime will be needed in the busy periods.

Accommodation is not provided.

For further information please contact the Rothamsted HR Team at rres.hr@rothamsted.ac.uk

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About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities.
Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.