Advertising Salary:
£37,890 - £41,438 per annum
Location
AL5 2JQ, Herts, UK
Work Area
Science
Closing Date
09 Sep 2022
Overview Of Role

 

Ecological approaches to insect pest management (IPM) in arable systems are urgently needed to reduce insecticide use and achieve ‘green’ sustainable farming goals which include protection of biodiversity.  To help meet these challenges, Rothamsted is expanding its Insect IPM team to progress ‘Next Generation’ Integrated Pest Management Strategies.  We have an exciting opportunity for a senior research scientist (molecular biologist), preferably with ecological experience, to develop new tools and understanding in insect detection, identification, spatio-temporal distribution and interactions towards effective conservation biocontrol. 

This position will focus on the use of eDNA approaches applied to agricultural ecology to further dynamic, evidence-based treatment thresholds for IPM strategies that are inclusive of productivity and natural enemy services.  Main areas of research are to: (i) identify the full range and phenology of natural enemies of key crop pests, (ii) quantify the effect they have on pest regulation (iii) understand their host/habitat interactions (needs) to enable them to survive and thrive (iv) define the population biology. This information will be used to refine crop protection guidelines to include conservation biocontrol and to inform farmers, industry and policymakers on their decision-making and management approaches e.g. through maintenance of certain crop boundary habitats or development of bespoke flowering field margins.

You will be responsible for developing and leading research focused in arable (wheat-oilseed rape) systems and will take responsibility for running the molecular ecology lab., grant winning, publications, staff management, business planning and networking at national and international levels. 

A PhD in a relevant discipline, a proven publication record and evidence of grant winning success are essential.  Expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas of competence is additionally required:

eDNA methods, metabarcoding (aseptic techniques, primer design, DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing), Diagnostics/LAMP, bioinformatics, insect pest-natural enemy-host plant interactions; network ecology, population biology, RNAi.  Please include in your cover letter how your profile matches these job requirements; please note applications submitted without this will not be considered. 

At Rothamsted you will be part of a team that comprises a diverse and energetic group of researchers, technicians and students. Through its inter-disciplinary science, working across Rothamsted departments, you will gain a breadth of experience. The team has extensive national and international collaborative links and will provide a strong base for career development.  Rothamsted presents a supportive teamwork-collegiate culture and ethos.

This is a full-time 3 year fixed term appointment with strong possibility to extend to a 5-year term, with a salary in the range of £37,890 - £41,438 per annum.
 
Closing date: 9/9/22
 
Interviews:19-20/9/22

 

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.

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