Horticultural Facility Manager

06 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
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Applications are invited for the position of Horticultural Facility Manager at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University (SLCU), a research Institute which focuses on plant developmental biology and computational modelling of plant development. 

The post will manage a £4 million plant growth facility, comprising of six glasshouse areas and forty-five growth chambers, embedded within an internationally competitive plant research institute. The role-holder will supervise three other team members, will report to the Facilities Manager and will be embedded in a broader team of Support Services, who provide the underpinning facilities essential for research. The importance of maintaining good horticultural practice within the facility is paramount to the Institute's success, and so the day to day activities of the role-holder are essential to the research activities of the Institute.

The successful candidate must have at least a BSc in Horticulture (or equivalent experience), substantial professional horticultural experience and PA1 and PA6 pesticide handling certificates. An IOSH qualification would be desirable.

Good observation and problem-solving skills are essential, as well as knowledge of glasshouse environments and local and statutory Health and Safety requirements. Previous experience of growing plants under experimental conditions in a research environment would be advantageous.

The role holder will have a service orientated approach and excellent communication skills. A key requirement for the role is the ability to build positive working relationships with colleagues at all levels in research, support and administration. A flexible approach to work is also essential, including providing support and assistance to other members of the support team.

The Sainsbury Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at: https://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:


Closing date: 23 June 2019

Please quote reference PT19352 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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