Seed Technology Researcher (KTP Associate)

Cranfield, Bedford
£25,000 to £30,000 per annum
09 May 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Elsoms Seeds Ltd. is the UK’s leading independent breeder and supplier of agricultural and vegetable seeds. A large part of their business is focused on seed treatments and using innovative seed technology and processing to provide the highest quality of seed to their customers.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a Knoweledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate on a 30-month collaborative project between Elsoms Seeds Ltd. and Cranfield University. This project aims to develop more efficient bulk seed storage processes and seed ‘health’ monitoring capabilities within Elsoms Seeds Ltd by fully understanding what influences the quality, germination and vigour of seeds. The successful candidate will also enjoy a personal £5,000 development budget.

As a KTP Associate, you will be based at Elsoms Seeds Ltd. in Spalding, Lincolnshire, and will work closely with the academic team at the Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute.

In this role, you will work closely with the Elsoms Seeds Ltd team and the academic team at Cranfield to develop a new procedure for the monitoring, evaluation and prediction of seed vigour and germination capacity during storage. Novel sensor technology available through the AgriEPI AgriTech Centre of Innovation will be tested in that context and its incorporation in the current seed storage systems will be evaluated.

You will have a first degree (2.1 or first) in Plant Science, Crop Science or relevant discipline and an MSc in the same or related field. You will have previous experience in working in a laboratory environment and in handling large datasets. Experience in seed biology and/or sensor technology is desirable but not essential, as training will be provided. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team are essential, while experience in working in an industrial setting would be an advantage.

You will build on a heritage of excellence and become a key team member at Elsoms Seeds Ltd. Engagement and working with suppliers and customers is actively encouraged from the outset.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Sofia Kourmpetli, Lecturer in Plant Science on or Dr Angel Medina Vaya, Lecturer in Food Mycology on

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