KTP Associate – Honeyberry Industry Development

The James Hutton Institute - Cell & Molecular Sciences

KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative high profile projects.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a KTP Associate to work with The James Hutton Institute and Scottish Honeyberries Ltd. to develop and optimise crop production and product development of a new fruit to Scotland - Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea). This post represents prestigious opportunity to drive and develop a new industry and to act as an ambassador for the company by demonstrating the value and utilisation of this new fruit to the grower and customer base. The associate will develop and test growing protocols to optimise crop production and will use cutting-edge analytical techniques to monitor and optimise berry and product quality.

We seek a commercially aware graduate in chemical, biological, agricultural sciences or business with an upper second class honours degree. However we will consider applications outside of these degrees.  Masters graduates will be considered. It will be beneficial, but not essential to demonstrate previous laboratory or field experience and be able to analyse data using office software.

You will be required to report results to Scottish Honeyberries Coop members as well as to potential customers, as well as interact with a range of people from different disciplines - hence previous experience in the development and delivery of written reports and presentations is required.  Ideally you will have previous experience in a commercial environment. You will be a driven and ambitious individual who is motivated by the market development opportunity that a new Scottish berry presents.

The successful candidate will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain marketable skills, broaden knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable experience from industrial and academic mentors. The KTP Associate will benefit from a Personal Development Budget of £6,000. Performance related salary increases may apply in years 2 and 3 at the total discretion of the company.

This post is initially a three year contract with the James Hutton Institute but further opportunity with Scottish Honeyberries Ltd may become available following this period.

The post will be based in Dundee at Scottish Honeyberry Ltd Head Quarters (DD25EJ) and there will be a requirement to travel between the company and the James Hutton Institute – as well as to different honeyberry farms in Scotland within the Scottish Honeyberry Cooperative.

The James Hutton Institute is committed to equal opportunities.  We welcome application from all who believe fit the essential criteria for this post.

All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

For further information and to apply please visit www.hutton.ac.uk

The James Hutton Institute is committed to equal opportunities.  We welcome application from all who believe fit the essential criteria for this post.

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