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A Scientist – Entomology role, fixed term until the 31st of March 2024, to lead on initiating a new trapping and monitoring programme for key forest pests for Great Britain.

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 team has recently been undergoing significant expansion and restructuring as we work toward building a stronger department, better able to deliver research, advice and surveillance programmes as threats to the integrity of our forests increase.

We are seeking to appoint a Scientist – Entomology at Pay band 4 until the 31st of March 2024 based in Alice Holt Lodge to lead on initiating a new trapping and monitoring programme for key forest pests for Great Britain. Forest Research has been undertaking a significant revision of the monitoring projects it runs for forest pests (including Ips conifer bark beetles, Pine Processionary Moth, Monochamus sawyer beetles etc.) in collaboration with the Forestry Commission, Scottish Forestry, National Resources Wales and Welsh Government. This new project, the Forest Trapping Network (FTN), will replace legacy programmes and provide a better framework in which surveillance for new priority pests for GB can be incorporated.

The post-holder will be expected to lead on initiating and developing the FTN to deliver the goals of the programme across England, Scotland and Wales. This will require significant stakeholder engagement as well as evidence-led implementation of the new trapping programme, including developing new surveillance research along with collaborators across Forest Research and the wider entomological community. The post will manage the resources (e.g. staff, contractors, laboratory consumables) of the FTN and be responsible for the health and safety of those involved in the project.

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, 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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