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Forest Research is seeking to appoint a Molecular Biologist on a permanent basis to work at the new containment facilities located at Alice Holt. The investment in buildings and staff is part of Forest Research’s vision to become the UK’s national reference laboratory for tree pests and pathogens. The activities carried out at these facilities will be at the forefront of science, providing expertise to enable decisions on tree and forest policy and practices and providing reassurance and advice to customers.
This position will be part of the Tree Health Team at Forest Research. The role will support the Laboratory, Standards and Accreditation Manager and work towards ISO 17025:2017 accreditation for the new containment facilities. The job will include routine testing of samples for regulated quarantine and regulated non quarantine pests or pathogens on trees, the development of molecular diagnostic protocols for new and emerging tree pests and pathogens, and contribution to existing and future research projects into the biology of specific tree pests and pathogens. This role will be responsible for the daily running of the testing activities ensuring impartial outcomes, calibration of equipment and the management of technical members of the team.
The Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (THDAS) team has grown in recent years due to the demand of advisory enquiries and research activities. The THDAS has become an early warning system for tree health work on different research and citizen science projects. Forest Research is seeking to appoint a Forest/Plant Pathologist. The role involves research and management tasks within the THDAS and the wider Tree Health team. We are looking for a person with a good track record of scientific publications, management skills and competent in report writing.
The main purpose of the job is to: (1) analyse data from a network of species and provenance experiments; (2) construct models to help understand how climate and site factors influence results; (3) examine how results can be used to inform future tree species choice in Britain; (4) publish peer reviewed scientific papers and communicate results using a range of media.
The post is suitable for flexible working. This post can be mainly carried out from home, however regular attendance at Alice Holt will be required to attend meetings. The post will be considered on a part time basis of 80% per week. The salary quoted in the advert is the full time equivalent based on 37 hours per week and will be prorated.
Forest Research is seeking to appoint a full-time Tree Health Data Analyst on a fixed-term appointment. The job involves analysing data received by the Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (THDAS). Creating and using maps generated by geographical tree pest and disease data, and developing automatic reporting pathways to different audiences.
The job involves both analysing THDAS data and developing pathways to generate reports targeted to different audiences/customers. To achieve this, regular and effective liaison with the THDAS database manager, the THDAS and the FR IT teams is required. Data analysis is required to detect trends, monitor the detection of pests and diseases in different/new locations, monitor spread of known pests and diseases, generate maps and tailor information needed for reporting to different audiences.
Members of the group are based at Alice Holt Lodge near Farnham, at the Northern Research Station near Edinburgh, and at the Forestry Commission national office in Bristol. The group is seeking to appoint on a fixed term (3 years), two Behavourial Scientists to undertake and support the group’s research across the portfolio of projects, with particular emphasis on understanding, influencing, sustaining and changing the behaviours of land managers, stakeholders and a variety of publics connected with the three central social science research themes.
The post holder will carry out behavioural science research that contributes to improving understanding of the values, attitudes, behaviours and actions of land managers and a range of publics and stakeholders across the Social and Economic Research Group (SERG)’s three core themes of wellbeing, woodland creation and resilient management, and the social dimensions of tree health.
This is a new role, and as Head of Pathology, you will provide leadership to around 14 pathologists within the Science Group, and management of staff and resources, as well as using your scientific expertise to undertake research, provide advice and represent FR to external customers and stakeholders.
The Head of Pathology role will take up approximately 30% of the postholder’s time. The remainder of the time (70%) will be focussed upon scientific activities, including research, diagnostic and advisory work funded through core programmes and external contracts.