Vacancy Information

Senior Laboratory Technician (Grain Quality)


Location: Cambridgeshire
Closing date: 07 Jun 2023
Reference number: SV/A1260-01

Job details

Location: Cambridge, CB24 9NZ
Salary:  from £25,265 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications
Contract: Permanent
Working hours: 37 hours per week, Monday-Friday


We are recruiting a Senior Laboratory Technician to join our friendly small team to undertake evaluation of quality characteristics in the major agricultural crop species.

As a Senior Laboratory Technician in grain quality, your key duties include:

• Preparation and perform a wide range of analytical techniques on seeds and agricultural produce. 
• Managing the workflow, prioritising samples, collation of data and report production ready for the Grain Quality Manager
• Train and supervise temporary members of staff
• Monitor and calibrate laboratory equipment to meet QA requirements

Due to workload peaks, it may not be possible to take holiday at harvest time from August to October.

This role involves handling seed and manual handling of bags/sacks of grain up to 25kg along with regular exposure to dust from milling grain samples for analysis.


The role is based at NIAB Park Farm, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ, 4 miles from Cambridge city centre. Free on-site parking and linked by cycle ways and regular buses to Cambridge city centre and railway station. Close to Junction 32 of A14, with easy access to M11, A10 and A11.

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact James Freeman, Operations Manager of Analytical Services ([email protected]).

Benefits include 25 days’ holiday plus public holidays and 3 days off during the Christmas period, flexible working, generous sick pay, attractive pension scheme, income protection, life assurance, employee discount scheme, free on-site parking.


Essential requirements
Ideally you have:
• A levels in a science based subject or equivalent qualification / experience
• Good communication skills both written and oral
• Good analytical and problem-solving skills
• Good numeracy and data handling skills
• Good IT Skills – MS Word, Excel, Sharepoint
• Attention to detail
• Able to work alone or part of a small team

Desirable requirements
Ideally you will also have:

• A science degree preferably in the field of chemistry
• Some experience of agriculture or field trial systems
• Prior experience of working in a grain or malting laboratory or a high throughput laboratory

See full Job Description on our website for more details.


NIAB is the UK’s leading crop science organisation, with research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, Government and academia. With headquarters in Cambridge, and regional offices across the country, employing more than 400 people across the UK, NIAB advances the role of plant genetic resources through research services and training. NIAB’s position at the interface of academic research and commercial breeding offers opportunities for strong collaborations across the plant sciences sector.

NIAB actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. As a Disability Confident Employer we have a positive approach to employing people living with a disability.


Click the ‘Apply’ button to apply directly. Any questions? Email [email protected] or call Human Resources on 01223 342282.