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Scientific Technician - Novel fertilisers

Salary Details:
EX20 2SB, Devon
Work Area:
Science Capabilities
16 Aug 2020
Overview Of Role
A Scientific Technician is required to support a new project aimed at developing novel fertiliser formulations for use in African agriculture to enhance crop production while minimising environmental impact. The position is based at the North Wyke site of Rothamsted Research and will involve working with a small team in conducting controlled environment laboratory incubation studies with soils and plants to assess the performance of different fertiliser formulations on soil nitrogen cycling and plant uptake. Duties will include the preparation of chemicals, soils and seeds for experimentation, day-to-day running of the controlled environment incubation studies, collation of soil, gas, water and plant samples, preparing samples for laboratory analysis and data collation and analysis. Assistance with other related laboratory and field experiments will be required at times. The successful candidate will have a good background knowledge of nutrient use in agricultural systems, mathematical and data handling skills and some experience of working in a research environment. 
The position is fixed term for 2 years and attracts a starting salary of £24,225 to £26,573 per annum.
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.