Vacancy Information

Trainee Technical Specialist


Location: Cambridgeshire
Closing date: 14 Aug 2022
Reference number: SV/A1332

Job details

Are you interested in plants and agriculture?
Do you have a good eye for detail and a flexible approach to work?
Would you enjoy a varied working environment?

NIAB is currently recruiting for an enthusiastic Trainee Technical Specialist to assist with delivery of the DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) and Seed Certification programmes. Work is focused on the assessment and description of plant varieties and involves sample handling, trial set-up and drilling, recording of plant characteristics and crop inspections. The role involves extensive field work, along with associated office, laboratory and glasshouse duties. Outside work takes place in all seasons and some tasks are physically demanding.

We are keen to speak with self-motivated candidates who possess strong communication skills, a proven ability to deliver as part of a team and attention to detail. Previous experience in running field trials would be highly advantageous in this role but is not necessary.  Full training will be provided, including crop inspector licences, with a view to becoming a Technical Specialist within the team.  The position requires a current full UK driving licence to travel to trials and crops away from NIAB HQ in Cambridge, where access by public transport is not possible.

This is a permanent, full-time position with flexible working hours. The role is based at NIAB’s new facilities at Park Farm, Impington ( with free parking and close access to Cambridge’s cycle route and guided busway. Starting salary will be between £20,318 - £26,810 per annum, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications.  Further details and an application form are available on our website: or from the HR Office, NIAB, 93 Lawrence Weaver Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel: 01223 342282, Email: [email protected], quoting Ref No: SV/A1332.