Botanical Research Technician
Requisition ID: 25166
Location: Newcastle, GB
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Closing Date: 12 March 2023
Salary: £23,144 to £24,285 with progression to £26,396 per annum
The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Botanical Research Technician (Field crops).
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of technical staff supporting the botanical research activities in the School of Natural & Environmental Sciences, through the provision of technical support within the University Farm sites at Cockle Park and Nafferton
We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual, with experience in a field research role, with a good understanding of health and safety, and excellent team-working and communication skills.
The role holder will support the Plant Research Team Leader in the management and maintenance of key specialist equipment and support crop research activities, in field preparation, sowing and harvesting.
The role has been designed to support a number of recently funded field-based projects on biomass crops, including willow, miscanthus and poplar. This is an exciting and rapidly emerging research area, aligning to wider net-zero ambitions which are predicted to require significant increases in biomass crop production in future years to assist our move away from fossil fuels. The successful applicant will be responsible for surveying and maintaining multiple field-scale biomass trials, working alongside the wider technical team, the commercial NU-Farms team, the Newcastle academics leading these projects, and the wider external scientific teams involved in this work.
Primary responsibilities will include regular crop walks and plot maintenance activities, data collection on pre-determined agronomic and environmental factors, and communication with team members, both at Newcastle and within the wider project consortia. The majority of data collection will be outdoor-based, but with some processing of samples taking place in the laboratory facilities present on the farms, or at our city-centre campus. During particularly busy periods (e.g. harvest assessments) the successful applicant will also be responsible for overseeing a small group of field assistants, who will support data gathering activities. Training will be provided in all aspects of the role, with opportunities for further personal development available in areas such as student supervision and outreach and engagement (e.g. through involvement in our on-farm student dissertation and external events programmes).
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The position is available from April 1st 2023, and is offered on a full-time, 24 month fixed-term basis. Part-time/job share can be considered as an alternative to full-time.
We appoint on merit and particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently underrepresented in technical Professional Services such as LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues and individuals who legally identify as female
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