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*Graduate Job* (KTP Associate) Agri-Tech Development Scientist

Agri-Tech Development Scientist -KTP Associate

Based at: B-hive Innovations Ltd, Branston, Lincolnshire

Salary: £28k-£30k pa plus a generous training budget

Application closing date: 14th October 2018

Vacancy start date: November 2018


This is an exciting opportunity to work with an ambitious team on the latest agri-tech science and technology. Working with both B-Hive and Branston colleagues, you will join a small team responsible for investigating the use of volatile headspace profiling of potatoes for early detection of internal defects and to improve crop utilisation and reduce food waste. The project is fully supported by an academic team from the University of the West of England to transfer skills and knowledge into the business.

The position is a 24 month fixed term contract, which includes management and business skills training provided by the national KTP programme and a further £2k per annum dedicated training budget tailored towards your personal development. On completion of the KTP project, it is B-Hive’s intention to offer on-going employment to the right candidate.

About B-hive

B-hive is an agri-tech business working to solve the real challenges facing the fresh produce industry.

The B-hive team is made up of experienced science, engineering and project management professionals, supported by a commercialisation team, with in-depth knowledge and experience of solving real day to day fresh produce and agricultural industry issues.

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About KTP

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK. It’s essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position.

Qualifications required


Postgraduate qualification (e.g. MSc) in Biological Sciences, Analytical Sciences or similar scientific discipline.

Knowledge of applied biological/analytical sciences in areas including (but not exclusive to) agri-food; bio-sensing; plant biology; diagnostics.

Experience of independent experimental research (e.g. postgraduate or industrial projects).

Ability to organise self and others to maximise effectiveness, in an academic and industrial context.

Able to employ/develop advanced analytical methods within a translational framework.

Good IT skills.

Capable of participative, team based working and management style.



PhD in a relevant area.

Experience of working with or within an industrial research environment.

Experience of an interdisciplinary approach to investigative research.

Knowledge & experience of analytical instrumentation related to ‘gas sensing’

(e.g. GC-MS).

Experience of working within the agri-food sector.


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