Research Scientist, Crop Protection

Job Category:
Environmental Service / Waste Management / Recycling, Fine & Bulk Chemicals, Materials Science / Composites / Polymers / Plastics / Coatings
Job Type:
South East, South Central/M4
South East England
£27,000 to £32,000 per annum
Salary Description:
depending on skills and experience
SCI Recruitment for Scientists
Job Ref:

Research Scientist, Crop Protection

Ref: 19649


Our southern based client develops and manufactures a range of seed treatment and crop protection products. They are actively looking for a Research Scientist responsible for planning, coordinating and managing a number of research programmes. This commercially focused role demands close attention to detail and strong project management skill.  Below is an outline summary of principal tasks.

  • Plan and undertake technical development work including trials on new technologies to confirm efficiency in the laboratory, leading to new patents or ‘know-how’.
  • Be responsible for setting milestones and deliverables for projects, provide regular progress reports and maintaining tight control of project costs.
  • Liaise with research collaborators and other co-operators to ensure successful study results that will be used to support the business development team’s out-licensing activities.
  • Supervise and write up research projects in a timely manner including providing interim and final technical reports, and compliance with specific grant reporting criteria.
  • Work with a team of scientists in generating new and innovative ideas and applications that utilise the Company’s technologies.
  • Assist in the planning and submission of grant applications for research programs, ensuring the work undertaken meets the business plan objectives.
  • Continually update the company with information on published academic studies, patents and new technology innovations / products.
  • Present results at scientific conferences and/or at industry events

The ideal candidate will have:

  • BSc or MSc in biology or bio-chemistry with microbiology, entomology or plant pathology module modules
  • Recent laboratory and/or field testing work experience (2 years minimum) in the agriculture / bio-ag sector.
  • Experience of working within small research teams on projects focussed on building disruptive intellectual property in a commercial setting

The candidate should be able to demonstrate;

  • Ability to manage several research projects to develop novel solutions to disease or pest infestations to commercially important crops/commodities.
  • Competence in designing, implementing, evaluating/analysing and reporting on laboratory and field experiments.
  • Confidence in networking, seeking out new opportunities and managing existing relationships with customers and external researchers.
  • Intellectual and inventive input to address market challenges with new technological solutions.
  • Ability to multi task in a small interdisciplinary commercially focused research team and to present complex technical information at conferences, etc.
  • Willingness to travel in the UK and abroad for extended periods at a time (maximum 1 week at a time) and must have a full UK driving license.


Role: Permanent

Location: South Central

Salary: Circa £30,000 (depending upon experience)


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SCI Recruitment for Scientists
Tel: 01606 818290
Contact: David Bullock

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