Head of Science and R&D Collaboration – The Centre for Applied Crop Science

Competitive salary, bonus, pension, benefits

UK based (HQ in Yorkshire)



Following the Government’s recent review into agricultural technologies/R&D in the UK a bold new strategy has been agreed to encourage increased collaboration between, and among, industry and the academic/research fraternity. This has resulted in the creation of The Centre for Applied Crop Science (The Centre) in 2016 – with a vision to provide a national focus point for industry and the UK research base in the field of crop science.

The Centre will provide the link between industry and the research base to identify, specify and then fund, or co-fund, and monitor applied and transitional research projects in the UK (with scope to increase the focus on international projects from 2020).


Role overview

This is a technical and strategic role, requiring a deep knowledge of, and passion for, crop science while combining an acute understanding of the R&D fraternity in the UK and the agri-business sector globally. In summary, the Head of Science will be responsible for the overall research strategy and for co-ordinating the various R&D proposals/bids and projects; offering detailed oversight to the Board on the scientific aspects and likely commercial applications of the projects. He/she will provide the practical interpretation of the work required by the industry to generate viable projects and then be in a position to identify and engage the right research team/facility to carry out the work.



The successful candidate will combine a passion for the future of agricultural research in the UK with a detailed and current knowledge of transitional and/or applied crop science. Experience of successful not-for-profit and commercial research within a multi-centre collaborative environment and thorough knowledge of the capabilities of UK R&D institutions will be vital in the role.

As well as the technical involvement, the role will also require excellent communication and strategic skills – the ability to formulate clear and convincing plans combined with the energy to engage and enthuse others, scientific and non-scientific.

For more information on this exciting role please call Patrick Gatenby at the Orcid Partnership on 01244 571 845. To apply, please send a covering letter and recent CV with an indication of salary to headofscience@orcid.co.uk