Closing date: 31 Jan 2022
Reference number: SV/A1312
NIAB is a dynamic, research led and market driven plant bioscience organisation, with an emphasis on innovative applications for end-users in the agricultural, horticultural and food sectors. With almost 90 years’ experience of technology evaluation and transfer, NIAB is spear-heading the advancement of plant genetic resources through research, technical services and training.
Based at East Malling in Kent, NIAB EMR is an internationally-renowned plant science organisation conducting research on horticultural crops and their interactions with the environment, with a particular emphasis on tree- and soft-fruit crops.
The ‘Growing Kent & Medway’ project, which has recently been awarded £18M by the Strength in Places Fund, will provide state-of-the-art horticultural research and plant growth facilities at NIAB EMR. Building on Kent and Medway’s established industry base, the project aims to make this region one of the most dynamic, competitive and successful horticultural and Agri-tech locations in the world, and is making collaborative R&D funding grants available for horticultural food and drink businesses across Kent and Medway.
In delivering an ambitious five-year plan for growth, we are seeking to appoint experienced Research Group Leaders in the following areas:
Pest and Pathogen Ecology
This post will study the biology, epidemiology and management of plant pathogens to facilitate the development of means for effective and sustainable crop protection. The overall aim is to devise strategies allowing a reduction in the usage of fungicides in UK horticulture, especially in top and soft fruit sectors. It is anticipated that the post holder will actively seek external funding to support relevant R&D work and be responsible for field-based pathological research activities.
Understanding the ecology of economically damaging pests and pathogens of fruit crops and how they interact with the environment is essential to develop innovative solutions for crop protection. This programme of work integrates pest and disease control with management of the local (farm) and wider landscape. The team integrates modern state-of-the-art technology with natural biological processes to reduce the impact of fruit farming on the environment.
All applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant topic, have at least 5 years postdoctoral experience and be able to demonstrate they have the skills required to deliver high quality scientific research and lead a successful research group, including a good track record in securing research funding and managing research grants. All applicants should have a good track record of working with industrial partners. Appointed applicants will develop their own area of research and collaborate with the wider NIAB Group.
Informal enquiries to:
• Pest and Pathogen Ecology post – Dr Michelle Fountain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The salary for this role is in the range of £47,612 to £62,823 per annum, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications.
Further details and an application form are available at: https://www.niab.com/careers or from the HR Office, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ, Tel No. 01732 523797, Email: email@example.com quoting Ref No. SV/A1312
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