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Field Biologist (full time) – United Kingdom

Company: Syntech Research UK (www.syntechresearch.com)

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Field Biologist to join support our UK field trials team based at our headquarters in Pakenham (Suffolk, UK).

Position summary: 

• To assist the UK Field Testing Manager (FTM) with the execution and timely delivery of the UK field trials programme.
• To independently plan, execute and report an assigned individual trials program.
• Directly responsible for 30-50 field trials per year (GEP bio efficacy trials; only supporting GLP studies).
• To develop specialist knowledge in a specific subject/technical area and provide guidance and training to other staff in this topic.
• Role will be based at the UK headquarters (Pakenham, Suffolk) but regular travel to off-site trial locations (typically within 2 hours) will be required. Applicant must therefore possess a full driving license and a company vehicle (situated at the UK Headquarters) would be provided.
• Duration: 6-month probation period (review at 5-6 months). Following a successful probationary period, a permanent contract would be offered.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Develops a detailed action plan for their own trials program, executes the trials successfully to meet the customer’s requirements/objectives and reporting deadlines following local official GEP and GLP guidelines (and company Standard Operating Procedures – SOPs).
• Consults with the FTM or Senior Field Biologist to define, agree and understand the technical requirements of the trials allocated to him.
• Plans and liaises with the Site Manager/farmers and suppliers for the correct and timely provision of land/crop, chemicals/seeds and other recourses to ensure the success of the trials.
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• Capture, summarize and interpret individual trial data (accurately and consistently) for reporting to customers/Project Managers (PMs)/GAMs as well as providing the required info (via regularly updated trial schedules) to the administration team to keep INSITE up-dated throughout the season.
• Maintain an up to-date technical awareness of agricultural practice and products. Provides training and advice on any specialist area of expertise acquired to other staff/colleagues.
• Ensure that all personal work is conducted to the required legal and company safety standards, and strictly conforms to official GLP and GEP guidelines (as appropriate).
• Supervise, train and motivate assistant(s)/temp staff, so that they execute their jobs safely, accurately and efficiently.
• Is a key contact for customers, both internally and externally and works with the FTM to establish & maintain client relationships to meet their expectations and secure future sales.

Desire Skills:

• Ideally BSc or equivalent qualification level in Agriculture or Biological/Life Science.
• Ideally at least 3-5 year’s field trial experience (managing an individual trials program following relevant GEP or GLP guidelines).
• NPTC PA1 and PA6 qualifications (Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides) required. PA2 and PA11 desirable but not essential (training and tests will be provided).
• Good written and verbal English skills.
• Good PC skills.
• Good communication, time management and problem-solving skills
• Self-driven with an ability to work effectively alone as well as within a team.
• Proactive and “Can do” attitude.
• Happy to work in an outdoor field environment, sometimes under challenging weather conditions.

We offer:

• 25 days paid holiday per annum (plus UK bank holidays).
• Pension: Auto-enrolment pension paid through the payroll. Employer and employee contributions are paid by the company in accordance with legislation in force. This commences after an initial 3 month waiting period.
• Possible future opportunities to work with SynTech teams in other countries and regions during winter periods to aid career training and staff development (via a short term sabbatical).


If interested in the role, please send your CV to: debbie.hills@syntechresearch.com or for more information please contact Debbie Hills: +44 (0)1359 231732.

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