Crop Protection Scientific Officer (Pesticide Regulation)
Role title: Crop Protection Scientific Officer (Pesticide Regulation)
Sector: Technical - Crop Health & IPM
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government).
Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our vision is for a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance.
The Crop Health & IPM Team is one of seven technical teams in the AHDB Research Division that are responsible for the planning and delivery of AHDB’s research programme. The teams also undertake extensive liaison with a wide range of industry bodies and other stakeholders groups (including research contractors and funders) to ensure we are fully aware of industry issues and the capability in the research base that can be used to address them.
The resilience of horticultural crop production depends largely on maintaining access to effective plant protection products to ensure adequate control of diseases, weeds and pests. As existing approvals are lost for commercial or regulatory reasons, replacements are needed and the AHDB EAMU Programme works on behalf of levy payers to obtain Extensions of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMUs) which allow use of crop protection products in minor crops.
The EAMU Programme works to research and deliver these authorisations by close liaison with colleagues, researchers, growers and the crop protection industry. The team is also closely involved with AHDB crop protection research - especially the SCEPTREplus project. We are currently seeking to appoint a member of staff to the AHDB Crop Health & IPM team to provide support for the AHDB EAMU Programme and the SCEPTREplus research project as required.
In the role working with the EAMU Team you will be expected to:
• Enter data into and manage the crop protection database which underpins the work of the EAMU team
• Provide support for the EAMU programme
• Work with internal staff and external stakeholders tracking changes to plant protection product approvals
• Work with members of the Crop Protection Team by providing support for the SCEPTREplus research project as required
• Work with colleagues in KE/Communications/Marketing to deliver key messages on crop protection
• Recommend improvements and assist in the development of new ideas and approaches
• Establish and maintain contact with the industry through participation in meetings/events/open days as require
• Maintain and update scientific and technical knowledge
An essential part of the job will be the management of our internal crop protection database which has been developed to improve flow of information from crop protection research through to applications for EAMUs. In addition, the successful applicant will work with team members on the SCEPTREplus programme managing data and making sure relevant information is stored in the internal database and taken forward for EAMUs. In the longer term we envisage that the successful applicant will work with the existing team on the EAMU programme and a development programme will be in place for the role to provide progression in terms of new responsibilities and additional skills.
You will have:
• Relevant degree in biological, horticultural/agricultural or related discipline.
• Knowledge of, or experience in the crop protection industry and/or in applied agricultural/horticultural research.
• Database and document management
Salary range: £25,500 - £31,000
Location: Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week) but will consider part time (28 hours over 4 days) for the appropriate candidate
Closing date: 1st July 2019
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