Scientific Research

Job Vacancy: Lead Scientist – Plant Sciences

Cornwall, UK



Salary: £35,000-£45,000 depending on experience, skills, and qualifications

Employment Type: Permanent

Hours per week: 35 hours

Location: This role is based at our state-of-the-art campus near Truro

Closing Date: Friday 18th August 2023


About the role:

We have a new and exciting opportunity to join our team as the Lead Scientist in Plant Sciences. The role will focus on optimising protocols for plant tissue culture and micropropagation, and technology-based optimal growing conditions using Controlled Agriculture Environment processes of selected pharmaceutical plant species.

It’s a great time to be joining us as we prepare for lots of new and exciting projects in the pipeline. You’ll play a pivotal role, leading our plant science team and playing a part in the next phase of development of our research facility.


The sort of things you will be doing:

You’ll be leading a small, high-velocity team of scientists by:

  • Overseeing the delivery of innovation projects, leading workstreams, and providing leadership support
  • Using your scientific and technical skills to successfully translate commercial project needs into robust innovative research approaches
  • Devising and executing individual and collaborative research projects
  • Providing timely and accurate high-quality scientific research results
  • Ensuring that projects are scheduled accordingly to deliver to expected timeframes
  • Maintaining knowledge and awareness of the latest developments and best practice in your area of expertise
  • Ensuring that processes are carried out safely, efficiently, and to the required standards

This role will be a great fit if:

You have experience in a fast-paced, commercially focused, and hands-on scientific research role, leading a small team and generating high-quality research reports. You’ll hold a degree in Plant Science or a related subject, either at PhD level, or Masters with relevant additional research experience. You’ll be highly skilled in understanding plant physiology, and you will have experience in tissue culture programs and plant analysis, such as chlorophyll fluorescence analysis. Previous experience in Controlled Environment Agriculture activities, such as vertical farming or greenhouses would be highly advantageous.

  • You’re comfortable working effectively in a small team
  • You can demonstrate an innovation mindset to drive science and technology development
  • You like to take ownership, work at pace, and get things done.
  • You’re comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite, QMS and LIMS.

For full details, and to apply, click HERE.