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  • Job reference number:15285868
  • Client ID:RI/NEMA1210
  • Posted on:12-OCT-2017
  • Salary:Negotiable
  • Location:KERRY
  • Job type:PERMANENT

As part of their expansion, a growing Biotech company in Kerry are recruiting a nematologist with a strong background in soil science and cropping system improvements.

You will drive the development of biostimulant products which sustainably enhance crop yield in a variety of soil agro ecosystems.


  • Contribute experimentally and intellectually to develop robust methods for nematode control in plants at in house and field trial level.
  • Discover new methods of controlling nematodes.
  • Communicate and guide the R&D team working on plant-nematode interactions.
  • Maintain nematode colonies and establish new colonies.
  • Develop and improve bioassays for studying plant nematode interactions and resistance.

Skills & Experience:

  • Must be highly skilled in nematode culturing.
  • Expertise in conducting greenhouse and field trials is required.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of nematology, soil science and soil ecosystems.
  • Excellent agronomic skills, practical expertise and knowledge of plant-nematode interactions is required.
  • Previous experience working with a range of crops, plant parasitic nematodes and soil ecosystems.
  • Expertise in field sampling, crop monitoring, sample collection, processing and statistical analysis.
  • Practical knowledge of greenhouse and field crop production, integrated pest management and agronomic practices.
  • Ability to conduct routine soil sampling and processing for soil microbiology and nematology analyses.
  • Familiar with nematode extraction methods and sample purification.
  • Proficiency in microscopy, with quantification and identification of various plant parasitic nematodes an advantage.
  • Experience in agrochemical handling and application; ensures compliance with all field quality and safety standards and SUD regulations.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills with the ability to analyse technical issues, develop and execute solution/mitigation strategies.
  • Competent in experimental design, statistical analysis and technical report writing.

Qualifications & experience

  • Masters or PhD specializing in nematology or soil microbiology.
  • Postdoctoral experience is advantageous.
  • Minimum 3-5+ years of experience working in the industrial setting is required, preferably in a leadership role.
  • Proven track record in developing a product for counteracting nematodes.
For more on the role call Nigel on 021 4221000 or send your CV for consideration.

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