Horticultural Entomology Researcher


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 particular emphasis on perennial and clonally propagated fruit crops. NIAB EMR is part of The NIAB Group, the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation, with rapidly expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, Government and academia. Employing more than 400 people across the UK, NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors.


Building on our significant international reputation, we wish to appoint a recently qualified entomologist who will progress our scientific understanding of the ecology of pests and natural enemies in horticultural crops, with an initial focus on Drosophila suzukii, but branching out into other significant horticultural pests. The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and innovative researcher with an ability to draw on a wide range of science disciplines, including behavioural and/or population ecology/entomology. The candidate must have a PhD in an entomological subject and resultant publications. Ideally they will have experience of working on horticultural crops. In addition we would expect that the candidate would have a willingness to apply for early career and small grants initially and participate in larger grants with colleagues. They should demonstrate the ability to communicate with scientists and growers and act independently and as part of a team and exhibit an ability to plan and prioritize work and meet deadlines. Other essential requirements are a full UK driving licence or access to independent means of transport is essential, as the post requires farm visits, and a willingness to work flexible hours with overnight absences and travel abroad to conferences and workshops.
Desirable qualities include experience of successfully supervising staff and/or students, membership of learned societies and knowledge or practical experience of pesticide application.

The successful candidate will be expected to innovate and develop their own areas of research, whilst developing collaborative contacts both nationally, internationally and within the NIAB group. Communication via peer-reviewed publications, at conferences and in talks to the fruit-growing industry, will be essential.

The appointment will be on Pay Band 6, £28,125 per annum with 25 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays, pleasant working environment and eligibility to join the company pension scheme upon appointment.

Further details and an application form can be obtained by e-mail from recruitment@emr.ac.uk. Please include a detailed CV with your application. Closing date: 27 July 2018 with interviews expected on 17 August 2018.

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