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Seed Handling Technician

Cambridge, CB3 0LE
£22,011 to £28,016
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

Seed Handling Technician
Cambridge, CB3 0LE
Ref: SV/A1025
£22,011 to £28,016


We wish to appoint a Seed Handling Technician to join our team in the Seed Handling Unit working with a wide range of agricultural and horticultural crop species. 

The main duties for this role include:

  • Seed preparation for field trials and demonstration plots.
  • Sampling, treating, packeting and dispatching seed for crop trials.
  • Stock control and recording information on electronic dataloggers.
  • Dealing with enquiries from customers about seed handling related matters.
  • Supervision of temps and other staff helping with peak workloads.
  • Assisting the Trials team with field work, may be required at certain times of the year.

The role can be physically demanding, involving regular standing/walking and manual handling of items up to 20kg, such as bags of seeds and other produce, it can also include working outdoors in all weather conditions when assisting the Trials team with field work.

Salary: In the range of £22,011 to £28,016, depending on skills, experience and qualifications

Contract: Permanent

Working Hours: 37 hours per week (Monday to Friday), with paid overtime during peak season


Essential Requirements:

  • GCSE education with good numeracy skills
  • Microsoft office e.g. Word, Excel
  • Good communication skills
  • Team player with ability to work under pressure
  • Able to work unsociable hours at certain times of the year

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in the use of seed treatment machinery
  • Pesticide application training (PA1, PA11) and Telescopic Forklift certificate
  • Driving licence or access to independent means of transport

Full training will be provided.

See full Job Description for more details.


NIAB is a dynamic, research led and market driven plant bioscience organisation, with an emphasis on innovative applications for end-users in the agricultural, horticultural and food sectors.  With over 100 years’ experience of technology evaluation and transfer, NIAB is spear-heading the advancement of plant genetic resources through research, technical services and training.  

NIAB actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have a positive approach to employing people living with a disability.


The role is based at NIAB Headquarters, Cambridge CB3 0LE. HQ has free on-site parking and is 2 miles from Cambridge city centre, linked by extensive cycle ways and regular buses.

Cambridge Headquarters:  


We offer a comprehensive development programme and attractive pay and benefits package.

Benefits include 25 days’ holiday plus public holidays and 3 days off during the Christmas period, generous sick pay, attractive pension scheme, income protection, life assurance, employee discount scheme, free on-site parking and great colleagues.


Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Sue Cahill, Seed Handling Unit Manager:

Click the ‘Apply’ button or visit our website: for further details and to apply directly. Any questions? Email: or call Human Resources on: 01223 342282.

Closing date: 6 March 2024.

Interview date: 21 March 2024.

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