Technical Research Assistant

The successful candidate will provide technical support to the Crop Science & Production Systems Department and the Genetics, Genomics and Breeding Department.

Technical support is needed for running precision irrigation and fertigation regimes in state-of-art polytunnel growing facilities for field experiments and trials at NIAB EMR.

Duties will include the installation, maintenance of sensors, dataloggers and telemetry units, and the maintenance of commercial fertigation rigs and rain water harvesting systems, so experience of doing practical work outdoors is essential, as is familiarity with data collection and entry into Excel.  The appointee may also supervise and direct the day-to-day activities of more junior technical staff.  .  Experience and/or qualification in crop agronomy is also desirable.

The successful applicant will have good inter-personal and team working skills with a flexible attitude as well as time management skills and the ability to work independently.  Previous experience of working with sensor technologies, wiring diagrams and software packages is essential and is the willingness to work flexible hours and occasional weekends. A full UK Driving Licence or access to independent means of transport is essential.

The post-holder’s salary will be in the range from £19,626 to £25,896 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications. This is a full time post.

Further details from/applications to: Tina Baker, HR Office, East Malling by e-mail from or Tel: 01732 523791


Closing date:  29 May 2020

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