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Scientist Entomology

Posted: Posted 2 days ago

A Scientist – Entomology role, based in Alice Holt to lead the entomological contribution to Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (THDAS) at Forest Research (FR).

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 (THDAS); 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. Click here for further information about what the Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (THDAS) do

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

We are seeking to appoint a permanent Scientist – Entomology, to support the entomological contribution to the THDAS. THDAS undertakes field and laboratory-based research into a range of tree pests and diseases as well as advising sector, policy and public stakeholders on pest management and monitoring. The post-holder will provide support for THDAS, responding to enquiries that come through TreeAlert, email, telephone and letters, as well as processing samples from surveys, using both morphological and molecular methods. In addition, the post-holder will be expected to contribute to field visits and sampling activities on a range of insect pests, as well as engaging in and contributing to work surrounding pest management, including eradication efforts. Enquiries will come from a range of sources, including the Forestry Commission, Scottish Forestry, National Resources Wales, the general public, and private landowners, and include a range of diagnostic material, from photographs to trap samples or woody material.

This post is based from our Alice Holt Research Station which is near Farnham in Surrey. 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 also 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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