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The role of Research Technician – Tree Breeding is to provide field support to the Tree Breeding team, within Forest Protection (FP). This is one of the two science centres in Forest Research (FR).

Tree Breeding sits within the Forest Genetics science group. This has been an active part of FR’s work since the late 1940s.

The role will be based at the Northern Research Station, Roslin EH25 9SY. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

The new Tree Breeding team is diversifying its portfolio. New projects involve measuring genetic variation in climate and disease resilience and timber quality traits and optimising production of improved material in seed orchards, alongside continuing or establishing routine tree breeding programmes.

The purpose of the Research Technician – Tree Breeding role is to provide field support to the Tree Breeding team. This will include establishment, measurement and maintenance of genetic trials throughout Great Britain, supporting nursery operations at Bush Nursery in Midlothian, organising controlled pollination programmes and handling seed and pollen extraction. The post-holder will work closely with and complement the activities of FR’s Technical Services Unit (TSU).

Forest Research (FR) is the research agency of the Forestry Commission. We are a world leader in applied forest science and a trusted provider of expertise, data, products and services for governments and the tree, wood, forest and natural resource sectors. Please explore www.forestresearch.gov.uk for more information about our organisation. FR has two main research stations: Alice Holt Lodge (AH) in south east England and Northern Research Station (NRS) near Edinburgh. There is a smaller research presence in Wales (Aberystwyth). The remit of FR is across Great Britain.

For further information abut this role, and to apply, please click on ‘Apply Now’ below.