Soft Fruit R&D Project Leader (KTP Associate)

James Hutton Institute - Soft Fruit R&D Project Leader (KTP Associate)

Posted: 29/10/2018 11:02
Salary: £26,000 - £30,000
Location: Dundee
Level: Hutton C
Deadline: 28/11/2018 23:59
Hours: 39
Benefits: Generous
Job Type: Fixed term

 

KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative high-profile projects.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a KTP Associate to work with Scottish Honeyberries Ltd and the James Hutton Institute to drive, develop and optimise crop production and product development of a new fruit to Scotland - the Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea).

We seek a graduate with an upper second class honours degree or better. Ideally in a biological, chemical or agricultural science, business or other relevant discipline. Previous laboratory or field experience will be beneficial but not essential. The candidate will have capacity to initiate and execute field trials and laboratory experiments and analyse data using office software.

You will be responsible for leading and delivering a challenging commercial project that directly impacts the business. You will develop and test growing protocols to optimise crop production and use cutting-edge analytical techniques to develop, monitor and optimise honeyberry products. You will explore and develop the market opportunity for honeyberry products by engaging with production facilities, retailers, funders and other relevant parties. You will be required to report results to Scottish Honeyberries employees and investors as well as to potential customers hence previous experience in the development and delivery of written reports and presentations is required. You will be a driven and ambitious individual who is motivated by the market development opportunity that a new Scottish berry presents. Ideally you will have previous experience in a commercial environment.

We will provide a £6k training budget that is tailored to your personal development needs, along with two free residential management training courses at the beginning of the project.

Academic place - This post is initially a 33 month contract with the James Hutton Institute Dundee but further opportunity with Scottish Honeyberries Ltd may become available after this time.

Commercial place  - The post will be based in Dundee at Scottish Honeyberry Ltd Head Quarters (DD25EJ) and there will be a requirement to travel between the company and the James Hutton Institute – as well as to different honeyberry farms in Scotland within the Scottish Honeyberry Cooperative.

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome application from all who believe they fit the essential criteria for this post. Candidate must have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for this position.

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Purpose of Job     

To drive and develop a new berry industry and to act as an ambassador for the company by demonstrating the value and application of this new fruit to the current and future grower and customer base. The associate will develop and test growing protocols to optimise crop production and will use cutting-edge analytical techniques to develop, monitor and optimise honeyberry products. Further, the associate will explore and develop the market opportunity for honeyberry products by engaging with production facilities, retailers, funders and other relevant parties.  The role covers a wide collection of disciplines and so requires a versatile individual with a quick learning capability, and strong interpersonal skills.

Main duties of post holder

  • Perform experiments to optimise crop growth and varietal choice
  • Use analytical methods to objectively quantify crop quality (HPLC, LC/MS, spectrophotometric methods)
  • Develop processing systems for product development (ie frozen fruit and wine)
  • Develop a series of operating manuals for Scottish Honeyberries Ltd.

Qualifications/Skills/Knowledge

Essential

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Upper second class
  • Demonstrable ability to handle numerical data using Excel
  • Evidence of capacity to produce written reports
  • Experience in the production and delivery of presentations
  • Evidence of capacity to work with a wide range of different people

Desirable

  • M.Sc., B.Sc., Ph.D
  • Education subjects: (bio)chemistry, Biology, Horticulture, Agriculture, Agronomy, Engineering, Economics, Marketing, Business
  • Experience in analytical chemistry
  • Experience working within a commercial environment
  • Evidence of capacity to use statistical software
  • Evidence of capacity to produce written reports for a wide range of audiences
  • Experience in managing projects
  • Experience of working effectively with a team

Other Skills

  • Motivated
  • Driven
  • Ambitious
  • English language (spoken/written)

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