Applied Crop Scientist Vacancy - applications closed

Opportunity to join the BBRO team

Applied Crop Scientist

Base:                   BBRO Office, Norwich Research Park

Salary:                £30,000 PA

Working Hours:  35 hours per week

Position:             Full-Time, Permanent


We are currently recruiting for an Applied Crop Scientist to join our science team and help provide evidence-based solutions to sugar beet farming problems.

BBRO - the go-to source of advice for sugar beet growers

At the BBRO,, we conduct research to help the UK sugar beet industry improve yields sustainably and increase the profitability of sugar beet in the crop rotation on farms.  One element of our work is to conduct robust research projects and deliver relevant knowledge exchange (KE) activities for growers.  We are a dynamic organisation with a friendly team, all enthusiastic about agriculture and making a difference for UK growers.  We are also very supportive of each other and are proud of our values: ‘Trusted, Innovative, Approachable and Industry-leading’.

The work of an Applied Crop Scientist

Working across our research and KE teams you will be responsible for research projects and KE activities predominantly underpinned by crop physiology but also linked to agronomy and crop management, enabling growers to better understand and aim to achieve the true yield potential of their own sugar beet crop.  This may involve laboratory, glasshouse and field trials and regular communication with growers and other stakeholders.

Skills set needed

You should have a Science or agricultural PhD or significant relevant knowledge on sugar beet physiology and agronomy with a good understanding of statistical design and analysis.  The job requires that you can communicate effectively with scientists and growers and can tailor technical information to meet the needs of your audience.  Use of social media and other digital communications tools is desirable.  A UK driving licence would be advantageous, although not critical, as travel to field sites will be required.

Attitude and determination

This role is for you if you are keen and self-motivated with a positive, resilient, “can-do” attitude.  You need to be able to effectively prioritise and carry out tasks, give attention to detail, meet deadlines and follow systems whilst running and monitoring first class field trials.  You will have the ability to communicate well with your colleagues and parties external to the organisation.

What BBRO offers

As part of our team we offer a number of benefits including:

  • Training and personal development
  • Good pension package
  • Private healthcare

We are an equal opportunities employer and applicants are welcome to apply regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation.

Employment will be subject to the appropriate pre-employment checks, including getting references.

How to apply

If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience for the position of BBRO Applied Crop Scientist, please send your CV and covering letter to:  Closing date is 31st May 2020.

If you have not received an email inviting you for interview within 5 days after the application closing date, that means you have not been shortlisted for this job.

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We are set up jointly by British Sugar plc and the National Farmers' Union.

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