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Are you interested in plants and agriculture?

Do you have a good eye for detail and a flexible approach to work?

Would you enjoy a varied working environment?


The Agricultural Crop Characterisation Team has a vacancy for a Trials Technician to work on a variety of crops including Cereals and Oilseed Rape.


Work is focused around the checking, assessment and description of plant varieties and involves tasks such as sample handling, trial set-up and drilling, recording of plant characteristics and, after completion of the appropriate training, inspections of seed crops.


The role is highly varied and, although office based, extensive field, glasshouse and laboratory work is required. Outside work takes place in all seasons and some tasks are physically demanding.


You must be flexible and self-motivated with good communication skills and the proven ability to work well as part of a team. You should have a good general level of education (A levels or equivalent in biological/science subjects) with good literacy and numeracy skills. Some experience in field trials would be an advantage. A full driving licence and willingness to drive to trials away from NIAB HQ are essential.


Starting salary up to £19,098 dependent on skills, experience and qualifications. Company benefits include Group Income Protection, Stakeholder pension, generous holidays and free car parking.  Further details and an application form are available on our website: or from the HR Office, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel: 01223 342282, Email:, quoting Ref: SV/A989.  Closing date for applications:  6 March 2013.  Interviews will be held on: 19 March 2013.







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