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£23,000 - £25,000

The Vacancy

ADAS, a member of RSK Group Ltd are looking to recruit a Field Research Scientist to work on a full time, permanent basis. This predominantly practical, hands-on role will be based out of our High Mowthorpe Office, Near Malton, North Yorkshire.

ADAS is the UK’s largest provider of research and advice on agricultural and environmental issues. With over 75 years’ experience ADAS has an amazing track record of providing agricultural, horticultural and environmental consultancy & research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector. ADAS has a unique combination of insight and practical experience, underpinned by robust, informed, science-based information that allows us to meet the needs of both our domestic and international clients. Our great strength is our breadth and depth of expertise spanning the entire environmental sector.

Due to the seasonal nature of the work an adaptable approach is needed, as there will be a requirement to work overtime (evenings and weekends) during busy periods to ensure scientific objectives are met, and delivery within suitable weather conditions are optimized.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver practical research for a range of predominantly agricultural, but some horticultural crops, working predominantly in the disciplines of pathology, physiology, entomology, soils and nutrients, and weeds.
  • Develop specialist technical expertise to deliver on-site trial work and implement applied research and knowledge exchange.
  • Delivery of field/glasshouse/polytunnel/laboratory work and liaise with clients and colleagues to ensure on time delivery.
  • Work towards managing projects ensuring key objectives and deadlines, are met, ensuring high levels of scientific credibility and client satisfaction are achieved.
  • Assisting marking out of studies, application of treatments, collection and processing of samples, disease monitoring of plants, weed identification, spraying of chemicals onto trials, in-field assessments and observations, preparation and processing of plant, soil and water sampling, harvesting of plots and collection, processing of data.
  • Carrying out all trials related research activities, ensuring protocols are understood and all work is carried out in a consistent, scientifically valid, and reproducible fashion to enabling all trial activities are delivered to high levels of scientific credibility and defendable.

Person specification:

  • The suitable candidate should be able to demonstrate a great work ethic and willingness to work.
  • Previous experience is not required, as inhouse and external training will be provided to meet the requirements of the role.
  • A full driving licence to drive manual vehicles in the UK is essential.
  • All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK by the start of their employment
  • A progressive attitude with adapability and willingness to take on a wide range of challenges.
  • Adaptability – to travel within the UK and overseas.

Salary and benefits:

  • Pay commensurate with experience and technical knowledge.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • An adaptable benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care.
  • Regular training and career development.

About Us

Working alongside landowners, farmers, and growers since 1946, we have been providing ideas, specialist knowledge, and solutions to secure our food and enhance the environment for over 75 years.

Our aim is to help address the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations working in food production and the natural environment, and we continue to thrive by attracting innovative thinkers into our workforce.

We currently have over 400 employees delivering solutions in 60 specialist subjects, making us the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services, research and development, and policy advice. Whether you want to work on national or international projects, we can provide a varied career in a wide array of industries and public sector services.

ADAS is part of the RSK Group, a leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business providing multidisciplinary services to a wide range of sectors. RSK was founded in 1989 and has grown considerably since then. In fact, Environment Analyst recently highlighted RSK’s growth commenting, “Few companies in the environmental services sector can claim to be expanding at the same pace as RSK.”

RSK operates as a group of synergistic businesses with a growth strategy centred on diversification to build a resilient business that can withstand external pressures while also bringing more value to clients and opportunities to employees.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

RSK will not accept unsolicited CVs from agencies other than RSK PSL or Secondary agencies.

An RSK Company

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