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GCRF Cocoa Soils Technician
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF29288

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 12/07/2019

Job live date: 18/06/2019

Salary: £24,771 - £29,517 per annum

Employment type: AAS-Technical

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Crop Production

Hours per week: 36

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Fixed Term

We seek a highly motivated research technician to work on a BBSRC-GCRF funded project on improvement of cocoa soils in Ghana through composting and biochar production, running to March 2021. The post will involve:

  • characterisation of chemical and physical properties of on-farm wastes, composts and biochars
  • digestion and extraction of soil and plant samples and subsequent ICP analysis
  • assisting a postdoctoral researcher with controlled environment experiments

You will have:

  • A degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Environmental Science, Chemistry), or equivalent
  • Good knowledge and experience of preparing samples in the laboratory and analysing them using analytical equipment
  • Good organisational skills to conduct high quality sample preparation and analysis

Interview date: 22/07/2019


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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


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