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A Research Assistant – Entomology, fixed term to the end of June 2024. To assist with enquiries from the general public, foresters and land managers to diagnose tree health issues.

The Tree Health research group’s role is to sustain the forestry and tree sector in Britain through three main activities. Firstly, provision of rapid diagnosis of tree health problems and advice via FR’s Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service; secondly, undertaking relevant and topical research on the pest and pathogen threats that affect British trees to inform appropriate management and future proofing; and thirdly, conducting analyses and evaluations of specific tree health issues to underpin government policy.

Members of the entomology team typically undertake field and laboratory-based investigations and research into a range of invertebrate pests, most notably bark and longhorn beetles, defoliating moths, jewel beetles, and pine weevils.

The Tree Health group is currently looking to recruit an Entomology Technical Assistant for a Fixed Term Appointment to finish at the end of June 2024, based in the Northern Research Station. The technical assistant will assist with responding to enquiries from the general public, foresters and land managers to diagnose tree health issues.  Assisting Scottish Forestry and Forestry Commission England with surveys for pest species, and field and lab support for the research programmes of the entomology team, including work on the biocontrol of large pine weevil, and integrated pest management.

The post-holder will provide scientific and technical support for the Tree Health Advisory & Diagnostic Service and entomological research projects. The Advisory aspect of the role will require the incumbent to respond to enquiries that come through TreeAlert, emails, telephone calls and samples delivered by post, necessitating the development of expertise in recognising many tree pests. In addition, the role will include supporting the Plant Health work undertaken by Scottish Forestry and Forestry Commission England, including liaising with Tree Health staff, assisting with pest surveillance tasks in the field, and sorting and identifying samples. This will require experience of field work, pest surveillance activities, sample identification using taxonomic keys and microscopy, and the maintenance of insect reference material.

This role is based at our Research Station in Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9SY . Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. See further details about our locations via this link.

Forest Research (FR) is the research agency of the Forestry Commission, and a world leader in applied forest science and a trusted and recognised provider of expertise, data, products and services for governments and the tree, wood, forest and natural resource sectors. Please explore www.forestresearch.gov.uk to find out further information about our organisation.

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