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A Scientist – Pathology role to carry out field work and molecular diagnosis of key plant pathogens. Undertaken with support and guidance from existing staff within Pathology at Forest Research (FR).

The Tree Health research group’s role is to sustain the forestry and tree sector in Britain through; firstly, provision of rapid diagnosis of tree health problems; and secondly, undertaking research on pests and pathogens threatening British trees to inform government policy, management, and future proofing

The work for this role involves field and laboratory-based investigations of fungal diseases of forest trees.

The Dothistroma team sits within the Pathology Group. It is involved in several research projects on the management of diseases of commercial forest crops. Current projects include investigating of management options for two established fungal pathogens (Dothistroma septosporum and Heterobasidion annosum); and an ongoing European collaboration evaluating the significance of Lecanosticta acicola, an introduced foliar pathogen to European pine forests, not thought to be present in the UK.

In addition to experimental research, the team undertakes annual surveillance of tree nurseries and forest crops for regulated non-quarantine and quarantine pathogens of conifers. The team also produces the only commercially available biological control agent currently used in British forestry, for the management of Heterobasidion root and butt rot.

This post is based from our Alice Holt Research Station which is near Farnham in Surrey. There will be a requirement for occasional travel including overnight stays. 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.

We are seeking to appoint a Plant Pathology scientist. Based at Alice Holt on a 2-year FTA (with possibility of permanency).  The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out field work and molecular diagnosis of key plant pathogens with support and guidance from existing staff within Pathology. The candidate must be a strong team player, who can work closely with colleagues and provide support as needed. We are looking for a resilient, motivated, and enthusiastic person who can also build on existing data through guided experimental planning and execution, data collection, and analysis. You will produce written reports; contribute to scientific publications; and give verbal presentations to fellow scientists and non-specialists. You will also need experience of good laboratory practice and an understanding of COSHH regulations and Health and Safety at Work regulations.

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

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