Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3665/1

Location: Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Salary: Up to £26,495 (dependent upon experience)
Qualification required: 2.1: Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering
Closing Date: 27 August 2018
KTP Advert Ref: 3665/1
The Associate will develop a drought stress product targeted at wheat by combining Harper Adams University’s (HAU) understanding of crop drought stress and knowledge of techniques for conducting drought stress research with Plant Impact’s (Pi) crop enhancement product development capability.

Antitranspirant products are rarely (if ever) used on arable crops. This is largely because their use can impede carbon dioxide exchange reducing photosynthesis and subsequent crop yield. Recent data from HAU research suggests that by optimising the application timing to coincide with sensitive physiological stages yields can be increased. Pi already have lead compounds for drought stress mitigation with a novel mode of action. The KTP Associate will move the concept forward to the point of a successful product launch.
Skills required: Qualifications
The successful candidate will have:
An undergraduate degree at 2.1. or above in a Biological or Agriculture Engineering or similar, ideally with a Masters in a relevant discipline.
Essential Tested by Application Form

Background and Experience
The successful candidate should have:

Experience of undertaking detailed plant or crop studies and data analysis
Essential Tested by Application Form/Interview

Experience of team working, and can demonstrate an ability to work with all levels in an organisation.
Essential Tested by Application Form/Interview

Experience of land-based industry
Desirable Tested by Application Form/Interview

Skills and Competencies
The successful candidate should:

Have excellent IT skills, particularly in Excel and Word and be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of data analysis.
Essential Tested by Application Form/Interview

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to prepare clear and informative presentations
Essential Tested by Application Form/Interview

Hold a driving license valid in the UK
Essential Tested by Application Form/Interview

Be self-motivated with a creative and scientific attitude suitable for developing leading edge technology.
Desirable Tested by Application Form/Interview

Have an aptitude for project management
Desirable Tested by Application Form/Interview
Knowledge Base Partner: Harper Adams University,
Company partner: P I Bioscience Limited
Company business area: Lead research and development in crop enhancement (crop efficiency) to create products that growers can rely on to improve the yield and quality of their crops.
Contact: Professor Peter Kettlewell, Harper Adams University
TF10 8NB, Tel: 01952 815299

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