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Research Technician

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The role of Research Technician will be within the Tree and Wood Properties team of the Silviculture and Wood Properties Science group of Forest Research (FR).

The focus of the Tree and Wood Properties research programme is to assess and quantify the effects of silvicultural practice, genetic choice and environmental factors (including climate change) on the wood properties and product performance of tree species growing in Britain. Current priorities include evaluating the wood properties of emerging species to support diversification of the forest resource, and investigating the incidence and causal factors of drought crack defects in spruces and firs.

The purpose of this Research Technician role is to provide technical and scientific support to the Tree and Wood Properties team, including performing engineering tests of wood properties using mechanical and non-destructive methods; growth ring analysis of wood through x-ray and optical scanning techniques; processing wood from logs into a variety of samples in a wood workshop environment; and sample and data collection in forest and forest industry environments.

The role is 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. See further details about our locations via this link.

Forest Research (FR) is the research agency of the Forestry Commission. We are a world leader in applied forest science and a also 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.

For further information about the role, and to apply, please click ‘Apply Now’ below.