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Field Research Scientist (FTC 5-6 months)

Salary Up to £24,000 pa
Location UK Wide
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RSK ADAS Ltd, a part of the RSK Group Ltd, is looking to recruit a Field Research Scientist to work on a fixed term basis (5-6 months). This mixed practical hands-on role, working both outside and in the office, will be based out of multiple locations,  Rosemaund office in Herefordshire, ADAS Boxworth, Cambridgeshire, ADAS High Mowthorpe, North Yorkshire, ADAS Llanfan, Ceredigion and ADAS Exeter (work across Devon).

ADAS provide expert solutions and policy advice on agricultural and environmental issues. Our Soils, Crops and Water Business carry out a wide range of technical field, glasshouse and laboratory studies in a wide range of agricultural crops, specialising in Crop Pathology, Physiology, Soils and Nutrition, Entomology and Weeds.

We have vacancies for a number of Field Research Scientists, looking to gain practical knowledge and experience in a research environment.  Contracts will be for a period of 5-6 months, preferably commencing in March/April 2024, with potential opportunities of full time employment thereafter.  You will be working as a member of the team responsible for setting up and undertaking field and plot experiments as part of the ADAS R&D agricultural and agri-environmental programs.  


  • Deliver practical research for a range of agricultural and horticultural crops, working predominantly in the discipline of pathology, but also contributing to physiology, entomology, soils and nutrients, and weeds.
  • Develop specialist technical expertise to deliver on-site trial work and implement applied research and knowledge exchange.
  • Delivery of field/glasshouse/polytunnel/laboratory work and liaise with clients and colleagues to ensure on time delivery.
  • Work towards managing projects ensuring key objectives and deadlines, are met, ensuring high levels of scientific credibility and client satisfaction are achieved
  • Develop a sound and effective working relationship with colleagues, collaborators, and the industry to grow the business.
  • Support colleagues to ensure scientifically robust delivery


  • The suitable candidate should be able to demonstrate a strong work ethic and willingness to work, with inhouse and external training provided to meet the requirements of the role.
  • A full driving licence to drive manual vehicles in the UK is essential.
  • All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • A progressive attitude with flexibility and willingness to take on a wide range of challenges.
  • Flexibility – to travel within the UK and overseas.
  • Working knowledge and experience of farm machinery and PA1, PA2, PA4 & PA6 desirable, but training can be provided for the right candidate.

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary up to £24,000 pa depending on experience and technical knowledge.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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RSK will not accept unsolicited CVs from agencies other than RSK PSL or Secondary agencies. 

Working alongside landowners, farmers, and growers since 1946, we have been providing ideas, specialist knowledge, and solutions to secure our food and enhance the environment for over 75 years.

Our aim is to help address the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations working in food production and the natural environment, and we continue to thrive by attracting innovative thinkers into our workforce. 

We currently have over 400 employees delivering solutions in 60 specialist subjects, making us the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services, research and development, and policy advice. Whether you want to work on national or international projects, we can provide a varied career in a wide array of industries and public sector services. 

ADAS is part of the RSK Group, a leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business providing dynamic, multidisciplinary services to a wide range of sectors. RSK was founded in 1989 and has grown considerably since then.  

At RSK, we operate as a group of businesses that work together seamlessly, aiming for growth through diversification. Our strategy helps us build a strong and resilient business, capable of weathering external challenges, while also providing greater value to our clients and more opportunities for our employees.   

Since the beginning, our philosophy has remained the same: employ, develop and reward talented individuals. People are crucial to our company, and we recognise that our success hinges on our colleagues' growth. We're committed to preserving RSK's people-first culture, promoting innovation, and fostering a supportive and caring environment for collaboration. At RSK, we want you to be part of our successes and help you reach your career aspirations. We take pride in offering employees fulfilling and challenging careers by promoting ongoing growth and empowering individuals to excel.  

We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We firmly believe that embracing and celebrating the diversity in our workforce makes us a stronger and more innovative company.  

By providing workplace adjustments, we make it easier for people to confidently explore and pursue our career opportunities and recognise that flexibility is key to fostering a dynamic and thriving workplace. Many of our office-based positions benefit from a flexible working arrangement, allowing our team members to achieve a balance between professional and personal commitments.   

We actively encourage applications from candidates of all genders, races, ethnicities, ages, neurotypes, religions or beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities. 

If you're passionate about making a difference, join us as we work together to build a brighter, more equitable, and sustainable future for all. Do you have what it takes? 

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