Wheat Experimental Seasonal Worker – Colney, Norfolk

Wheat Experimental Seasonal Worker

John Innes Centre

Colney, Norfolk


Applications are invited for two individuals to join the John Innes Centre as a Wheat Experimental Seasonal Outdoor Worker.

About the John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

The role

We are seeking two Seasonal Workers to work almost exclusively outside at the JIC field trials site at Bawburgh, outside Norwich.

The main activities of the post will involve:

• Assisting with field-scoring, root anchorage and stem-strength testing and other field work prior to harvest as required
• Assisting with harvesting of wheat trials
• Sampling and analysis of seed post-harvest
• Occasional other duties as required.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will possess 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent, and have a keen interest in plant science and husbandry. A degree in Biology or Agriculture is highly desirable, as is previous experience of work in field trials or agriculture.

A driving licence is essential as regular, independent travel to Bawburgh is a requirement of the post.

The candidate must be able to perform substantial physical work outdoors for long periods of time and in all weather conditions (reasonable adjustments will be considered for candidates with a disability).

Additional information

These are full-time posts for a contract of 10 weeks, starting 15th May or 5th June 2023.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy at an earlier date. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application well before the deadline to avoid disappointment

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or [email protected] quoting reference 18029.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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