— Work with a great team in state-of-the-art molecular biology labs, taking crop varieties from the lab to field trials.
Work with a great team in state-of-the-art molecular biology labs, taking new crop varieties from the lab to field trials.
- Bring your agronomy experience to a fast-paced start-up, focused on crop enhancement to support the future of food security.
- Contribute to the future of food security by working on a variety of new crop species.
- Develop your skills further within the emerging field of crop enhancement and horticultural genetic innovation.
This is your chance to join as the resident Agronomist of a well-funded and fast-growing start-up based in Oxfordshire. The client are working to utilise the genetics of wild crop species to genetically enhance current domestic varieties, with the aim of ensuring future populations can be fed sustainably. Combining increased yields and carbon mitigation strategies, this really is the future of food production!
The client is looking for an agronomist or horticulturist with agricultural background and a keen desire to work within the crop enhancement field, covering a range of tasks from day-to-day care, supporting the operations team, collaborating with the R&D team, speaking to relevant stakeholders, and taking theoretical genetic ideas through to field trials and beyond.
What you’ll be doing:
This role will be perfect for you, if you have a desire to :
- Work within a team of scientists and technicians to validate new and high-performance crop varieties, taking ideas from the lab through to field trials.
- Develop and carry out plant propagation protocols for growing crops within controlled environments.
- Support the operations team on a daily basis, being responsible for managing plant propagation facilities. This would include SOP (Standard Operation Procedure) development for aspects of crop growth including potting, watering, fertilisation, pest management, disease management, and harvesting.
- Procure elite seed materials for R&D purposes in-line to support crop enhancement developments.
- Act as the point of contact for external specialist field trial centres, to cultivate and build relationships with collaborators. You would monitor trials alongside your partners, generating reports that can communicate the results to your team and broader relevant stakeholders.
What experience you’ll need to apply:
The successful candidate will need:
- A higher education qualification in a relevant subject, such as agriculture, agronomy, horticulture or similar.
- Proven experience of propagating crops within agricultural settings within the field and at-scale, beyond controlled small-scale trials.
- Extensive experience within the growth and maintenance of crop species, both in the field and within controlled environments. You will need to be familiar with the lighting and watering requirements of species within controlled environment agriculture (CEA).
- To be familiar with running Licor gas exchange devices when measuring photosynthetic parameters.
- Experience with elite Wheat varieties, including the ability to identify and manage common diseases, providing solutions to curb disease. It would be desirable for the chosen candidate to have familiarity with oilseeds (such as oilseed rape), and common legume crops.
- The ability to conduct field trials with CROs (Contract Research Organisations), with a working knowledge of relevant agricultural machinery, trial designs, statistical analysis, and the ability to examine yield traits.
- A curious mindset, being able to take initiative where ambiguity arises. You will see complex problems as an opportunity to learn, tackling issues head-on and working from first principles alongside your team to re-think problems and learn from both successes and failures.
- A motivated attitude, seeking out new opportunities that allow them to develop, collaborate, and support others, allowing for personal and team development and growth. As a team player within a multi-disciplinary environment, you will enjoy building relationships and overcoming new challenges.
What you’ll get in return for your experience:
A competitive salary banding plus further company benefits, including:
- 25 days holiday (+ Bank Holidays).
- ESI share options.
- auto-enrolment pension with statutory contributions.
- £1000 a year budget for personal development.
Please note that the benefits package is currently under review to encompass further health benefits.
If you would like to work as an Agronomist for an innovative start-up working within the crop enhancement field, please apply for the position or get in touch with Imogen Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Please note the client is unable to sponsor candidates at this time.
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