Work for CHAP

Working with us here at CHAP Towers, you will have the chance to carve out your own career in the exciting Agri-Tech sector. Don’t delay and apply today…

Research Associate, New Innovations

Reports to:

Innovation Network Lead


Full Time, Fixed Term (12 months)


37.5, Monday-Friday


Based on experience




Our Company

Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Ltd is one of four UK Agri-Tech Centres launched under BEIS, supported by Innovate UK, in 2015. As a unique, independent nexus between UK government, researchers and industry, CHAP builds innovation networks to identify and accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to drive transformative change in sustainable crop productivity.


The Opportunity

Would you like to help nurture the next generation of agri-tech to help deliver a more sustainable and productive future? CHAP’s ‘New Innovations Programme’ is a future-facing, collaborative stakeholder programme that seeks to deliver solutions to critical agri-tech challenges. This year, potential focus areas include  regenerative agriculture, crop breeding and plant disease detection. As part of the Innovation Team, the Research Associate, New Innovations will help co-ordinate CHAP’s ‘New Innovations’ programme, undertaking sector and stakeholder analyses, developing outline business cases following the Government-approved ‘Five-Case Model’, and developing strategic links and opportunities for business case funding & financing. You will also work more broadly with the Innovation Team in developing funding applications for collaborative R&D projects, and with the Commercial Team in extending our ‘business intelligence’ services with respect to agri-tech investment.


Main duties and responsibilities:        

  • Proactively research and engage with the sector to understand current opportunities and challenges
  • Conduct stakeholder analyses to identify key stakeholders for the New Innovations programme
  • Engage with stakeholders to co-develop understanding of common challenges and technical solutions
  • Construct ‘state-of-the-sector’ reports that overview the challenges and opportunities within the sector and present the strategic case for intervention
  • Help to facilitate the economic, social, environmental and risk appraisal of technologies and solutions
  • Explore the funding landscape and work with the Innovation Team to prepare funding pitches, technical and non-technical summary documents, and fully costed business cases, as required
  • Support the Innovation Team in collaborative R&D development as opportunities emerge, particularly focusing on opportunities tangential to the New Innovations Programme
  • Report to the Innovation Network Lead and assist with appropriate reporting both within CHAP and to the Monitoring Officer as required.


Applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD and/or equivalent experience of working within a relevant industry sector: crop/plant science, natural/environmental science, agricultural technologies, environmental engineering
  • Technical writing expertise – ability to consolidate literature into strategic documentation; previous experience of writing business cases and grants for funding would be desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to engage with stakeholders at any level
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple operational duties simultaneously
  • Effective communication skills, written and verbal, including presenting complex information to a general audience
  • Effectively plan and manage workload
  • Ability to work both as a team member and on own initiative
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office packages


For more information or to apply for this exciting opportunity please send your CV to Eden Search and Select on . All enquiries will be forwarded to Eden Search and Select.



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