Post-Doctoral Researcher / Lecturer in Crop Protection

Expiring today

City of Edinburgh (GB)
£31,750 - £37,263 per annum
05 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

SRUC, The Roslin Institute and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany are currently establishing a centre for integrative plant and animal breeding to serve the needs of breeding activities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This centre will harness and expand upon latent expertise in quantitative genetics in the UK. It will undertake research into the development and implementation of carefully designed breeding programs in conjunction with CGIAR institutes and national agricultural research centres in LMICs. SRUC already has a successful programme of research and teaching on sustainable crop protection and plant health, which bridges the fundamental and translational aspects of SRUC activity and, with an increased emphasis on plant health, we are also expanding this area and seeking to establish new collaborative work with LMIC’s.

In this role, you will take on and develop a programme of research covering plant-pathogen interactions, control of the important pathogens/pests/weeds to Scottish and global agriculture, utilising novel technologies and Integrated Pest Management. You will also contribute to the research and teaching deliverables, at both undergraduate and post graduate level, of the Crop Protection Team at SRUC. You will be expected to contribute to the publication record and impact of the Crop Protection team so a track record of publishing in refereed and trade journals is desirable. The post will also include responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate project supervision.

You will be an experienced researcher with strong expertise in crop protection and ideally have lecturing and teaching experience. This is a fixed term role for 3 years.


Education/ Qualifications

  • PhD in crop protection or related discipline.
  • Consideration will be given to candidates who possess a BSc Plant Science/ Agricultural Science (or related discipline) or postgraduate qualification in Crop protection/Agronomy or extensive technical knowledge (e.g. BASIS or FACTS) and who demonstrate the capability to work at post-doctorate level.         


  • Successful grant winner
  • Publication record in the fields of crop protection
  • Strong project management skills
  • Networking, communication and presentational skills


  • Crop protection research
  • Demonstrable grant writing experience
  • Report and paper writing
  • Project management
  • Collaborative working


  • Crop protection
  • Plant pathology
  • Data analysis/ Statistics
  • Molecular biology         

Other Requirements

  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work within a team
  • Well networked
  • Drivers licence required as travel to remote rural areas not covered by public transport may be required in this role.


Education/ Qualifications

  • MSc in plant health related subject
  • BASIS qualification


  • Field trials work and translational skills
  • Molecular biology knowledge
  • Plant health epidemiology / modelling


  • Crop Improvement
  • Agriculture / applied crop science
  • Plant-pathogen interactions
  • Novel biocontrol agents
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Student /staff supervision
  • Teaching experience


  • Agricultural systems
  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Crop husbandry
  • Crop host defence mechanisms

Further details on the requirements of this role can be found in the Job Particulars document which you must read before applying for this role. This is downloadable when you click the APPLY button.

Closing date:  22 October 2020    

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