Advertising Salary:
£24,225 to £26,573 per annum
Location
AL5 2JQ, Herts, UK
Work Area
Science Capabilities
Closing Date
23 Oct 2022
Overview Of Role

Rothamsted Research is seeking to recruit a Scientific Technician to work on the Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments National Capability (RLTE-NC) project.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for carrying out a programme of field and laboratory work on the Long-Term Experiments (LTEs) at the Harpenden (Hertfordshire) and Woburn (Bedfordshire) sites using well-established protocols. The candidate will conduct some demanding field and laboratory work, including sampling of crops, soils and drainage waters from the LTEs, sample preparation for analysis (weighing, drying and milling), and adding samples to the Rothamsted Sample Archive (RSA). Other important duties include curating analytical data and creating data summaries.

The candidate will provide occasional support to the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) in collecting samples from the Harpenden site and processing them for analysis.  They will also support internal and external colleagues in the collection of samples from the LTEs and RSA for other projects through the sample request system. The ideal candidate will be able to support knowledge exchange and communication activities associated with the project, such as meeting a range of visitors (scientists, farmers, students, general public), and helping to prepare outputs such as posters and presentations. The candidate will maintain the resources required for the project (consumables, equipment, workspaces). Training will be provided on all aspects of the post to be followed, and there is the opportunity for the successful candidate to receive further training to enhance their personal development.

The successful candidate will be educated to at least NVQ Level 3 or A/AS-level (preferably to degree level) and will have experience of working in agricultural research (or similar), and conducting field and laboratory work using specialist technical equipment. Experience in standard software packages and basic data analysis, and good skills in record-keeping, time management, and communication are prerequisite. A full driving license (covering use of manual transmission vehicles) is also essential, and experience in driving off-road is desirable.

Candidates are strongly recommended to consult the Job Description and the Person Specification and Shortlisting Criteria documents before considering an application, noting the essential criteria to be met.

This is a full-time fixed-term appointment to 31 March 2023 in the first instance, reflecting the duration of the current RLTE-NC project, with a salary in the range of £24,225 to £26,573 per annum for 37 hours per week. We are currently awaiting approval and confirmation of a successor project which, if successful, would enable the post to continue beyond March 2023.

Given the current funding timescale for this project shortlisting of candidates who are able to commence work at Rothamsted as soon as possible will be prioritised.

Closing date for applications: 23 October 2022

Interviews (expected): 7/8 November 2022

 

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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