Plant Pathologist (Fixed Term until 31st May 2020)


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.

NIAB EMR aims to be recognised as the pre-eminent research institution in the UK for strategic and applied research, development and innovation in horticulture. NIAB EMR’s team of scientists integrate their knowledge of breeding and molecular genetics, genomics, pest and disease biology and management, crop and post harvest physiology, agronomy, environmental science, food product development and consumer research, to address both strategic and industry issues

We wish to appoint a plant pathologist who 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 be responsible for field-based pathological research and develop a programme of research as an independent researcher managing their own research portfolio in the near future. The appointee will therefore be initially involved directly in all current research activities in the pathology group, with special emphasis on field disease management on apple and cherry.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in plant science, microbiology, or other related subject and a keen interest in horticulture production systems, with BASIS qualification being desirable. You will have some experience in field crop production and/or plant pathology as well as project management. You must have the ability to learn quickly and be able to work within a team. You should also have a proven ability to give presentations, a sound knowledge on experimental research and the ability to write reports and referred science papers. Dealing with the horticultural industry and having had experience in line management, along with the ability to innovate and work alone and also a sound knowledge of IT Skills are desirable. A full driving license or access to independent means of transport is essential along with being able to work in different agricultural environments within the UK and abroad.

The appointment is expected to be in Pay Band 6, £28,125-£32,422 per annum, or Band 5, £33,696-£34,806 per annum, with salary dependent on experience and relevant qualifications. A higher salary band may be agreed for an exceptional candidate in recognition that the individual brings relevant attributes, experience, knowledge and/or skills that are exceptional and beyond the essential criteria of this post. Employment benefits include 25 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays, pleasant working environment and eligibility to join a company pension scheme upon appointment.

Further details and an application form can be obtained by e-mail from Please include a detailed CV with your application. Closing date: 15th July 2018. Interviews will take place on the 24th July 2018.

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