Breeding and Trials Assistant - Oxfordshire

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is a well-known and successful plant breeding company in Europe focused on oilseed rape, cereals, forage plants, amenity grasses and intercrop species. The main focus is in extensive research and breeding activities to develop new varieties which meet market demands. Breeding is done at four breeding stations in Europe and several other testing locations. For our breeding station at Wardington (near Banbury), as part of DSV United Kingdom Ltd, we have the following vacancy.

We are seeking a highly organised, motivated and passionate technical operative to join the Plant Breeding team at Wardington. Your work will improve multiple crop species and will involve crossing, harvesting, seed preparation and other general assistance at the Breeding Station. Travel within the UK and abroad may be required. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, enthusiastic and capable of undertaking routine but varied tasks, both alone and as part of a team.

The role will involve:
  • Conducting field operations, e.g. planting, harvesting
  • Conducting laboratory and greenhouse operations, e.g. crossing plants, seed harvest and trial preparation
  • Collecting data
  • Maintaining work equipment
  • Supervising temporary employees
  • Updating records and managing data
  • Continuous personal development

  • An interest in Agriculture and plant science
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong organisational skills with ability to multitask, prioritise, and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Good practical skills
  • Ability to work outdoors under all weather conditions
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work effectively on one’s own and as part of a team
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak periods of the season
  • Full UK driving license

Our offer:
  • Varied, challenging work in an international environment
  • A successful and motivating company culture with a friendly atmosphere
  • A potential long-term career
  • Salary depending on experience, starting at £19,000 plus pension and private medical cover, Mobile phone and IT facilities to fulfil your duty are standard

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