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Soils Research Consultant


About the Job

ADAS, a part of RSK Group is looking for a Soils Research Consultant with the knowledge and drive to further develop our business in improving soil and nutrient management. This role will be based in Cambridge, UK on a full time, permanent basis. 

The ADAS Soils and Nutrients Team delivers research and consultancy projects for a range of clients including government, levy bodies, European Commission, and corporate organisations. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of current research projects investigating soil quality, crop nutrition and the utilisation of organic materials in agricultural systems. The role will involve writing scientific papers and reports as well as developing proposals and representing ADAS at industry events and national and international scientific conferences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate scientific and research skills and contribute to the delivery of existing projects and development of new proposals for funding.
  • Develop an understanding of the policy issues relating to the work carried out by the Soils and Nutrients group and become familiar with the principles of crop nutrient management.
  • Analyse and interpret data from experiments.
  • Write experiment protocols, project reports and scientific papers.
  • Present results at project meeting, industry events and national and international scientific conferences.
  • Build internal and external contacts and develop own experience and expertise.

Salary and Benefits

  • £26,000 – £35,000 commensurate with qualifications and experienc
  • Excellent continual professional development opportunities, both internal and external, as part of our training commitment
  • ADAS is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment
  • Life assurance
  • Ill health income protection insurance scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, health cash plan and discounted gym membership
  • Contributory Pension Scheme private health care

About You

  • A degree or equivalent in Soil Science, Agricultural and Environmental Science or related subject.
  • A good understanding of soil and nutrient management in agricultural systems.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good organisational and planning skills.
  • The ability to develop effective working relationships with clients and collaborators, and work effectively as part of a team to achieve common goals.

What we require

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Valid UK driving license.
  • Flexibility – as there will be a need for travel within the UK and occasionally in Europe and further afield.

About Us

ADAS is the UK’s largest independent environmental and agricultural consultancy. Our goal as a company is two-fold: secure British food and enhance the environment. Established over 75 years ago and part of RSK Group since 2016, we offer high-quality, research-based tailored solutions for a wide-ranging client base. From working with small and medium-sized landowners to helping shape government policy with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), we are adept at collecting and analysing data and creating bespoke strategies to achieve the best outcome for our client’s unique needs. We are a trusted brand when it comes to managing the countryside: we do more than simply tick checkboxes; we will formulate a strategy that benefits the landowner and nature – our approach is fluid and changes according to requirements.

As well as agricultural research and consultancy, ADAS provides ecology, arboriculture, archaeology, planning, and landscape services to a growing base of clients working across multiple sectors. Our technical specialists have supported both local and nationally significant utility, transport, infrastructure, government and development projects. Some of our client relationships span over 40 years. We evolve and innovate with our clients, thereby ensuring that we provide a practical, reliable, and responsive service.

ADAS is part of the RSK Group, a leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business providing dynamic, multidisciplinary services to a wide range of sectors. RSK was founded in 1989 and has grown considerably since then.

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Soils Research Consultant
£26,000 - £35,000
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