Associate Scientist


moa is recruiting for a Associate Scientist - Yorkshire


Moa Technology is an innovative and rapidly growing Agricultural biotech firm.

Our mission is to find the new generation of safe and effective herbicides to help farmers produce high quality food for all. To this aim, we have assembled a team of passionate and talented scientists, technical, and operational staff, who respectively design, use and support the use of disruptive technologies that de-risk the herbicide discovery process and favour the development of sustainable crop protection products.

As an organisation, we believe that collectively leveraging our technologies and products for impact goes together with enabling our dedicated staff to fulfil their individual potential.

We value collaborative endeavours, evidence-based decision making and resourcefulness.

Position type: Permanent full-time - 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

Location: Selby, Yorkshire,


You will undertake a full range of steps in the efficacy testing cascade in our glasshouse facility which may include:

•            Assessment of treatment effects and after applying the chemicals and collecting data.

•            Assist in the monitoring of pests and diseases in the glasshouse.

•            Analysis and interpretation of efficacy data and where required upload to secure cloud storage

•            Contribute to the design execution and optimisation of herbicide testing systems as required

•            Contribute to ensuring glasshouse HSE standards are adhered to.

•            You may be required to undertake a full range of glasshouse activities including if demand is higher in the glasshouse which includes general plant husbandry including filling pots, sowing seeds, watering.

•            Your primary responsibility is to carry out research work to support the glasshouse efficacy cascade and develop field trial candidates.

This role is not restricted to the above and encompasses any support activities that facilitate the smooth running of the glasshouse efficacy testing operations. These activities will evolve as the team expands.  

As the company grows, your role could vary as required to support further operational and support functions.



Delivery of herbicide efficacy trials – sowing, watering, spray applications, assessments and photo capturing

1)       Data analysis, management and quality checks on projects as assigned.

2)       Record keeping for equipment and trials on a day-to-day basis

3)       Monitor and implement control measures for pest and disease in glasshouse settings

4)       Monitor meteorological conditions and match them to irrigation requirements of plants



·       BSc degree in agronomy or plant science however candidates with experience in an agricultural or horticultural setting will be considered

·       Experience in the scientific agricultural or horticultural research including field trial arrangement and implication and/or plot assessment of herbicidal efficacy.

·       Awareness of growth and care requirements of plant material in both in glasshouse and in-ground is essential to the role

·       Computer literate with excellent communication skills

·       Experience working with various MSWord, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, MS Teams/Zoom etc

·       Experience in working in cross functional teams to deliver collaborative goals


·       PA1/PA6a Pesticide application qualifications

·       FACTs or BASIS in agriculture or horticulture

·       Knowledge of the fundamental principles of herbicide chemistry and modes of action

·       Experience working with pesticides

·       Working knowledge of project management processes and procedures




·       Able to move plants, pots and trays around the glasshouse and poly tunnels, within normal manual handling limits.

·       An extremely strong work ethic and willingness to learn on the job.

·       A practical problem solver with stamina and an unrelenting passion for plants.

·       Honesty, openness and a team player mentality.

You can -

Work autonomously and proactively in a dynamic team and people from diverse backgrounds.

Actively listen and effectively communicate on complex scientific topics.

Meet deadlines, demonstrating awareness of realistic time requirements for yourself and the team.

Highly motivated, resilient, and organised.

Flag up concerns and come up with proactive solutions.

Are resourceful and innovated and able to discover practical solutions to hard problems.

Have the courage to question actions incompatible with our collective values.

Communicate and collaborate to foster open and honest relationships.

Keen to evolve with the changing needs of the business on a rapid growth trajectory.

Adhere to company ethics, work hours, policies, and standard business etiquette.

Takes responsibility for operating efficiently and effectively, meet health and safety standards, and deliver results in line with company goals.

 Other Requirements (travel, languages etc) – Occasional travel to the Oxford site

moa is committed to building a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We recognize that diverse and inclusive teams build a stronger and more innovative company. Therefore, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, or veteran status


Must be legally able to live and work in the UK

Please send a CV and cover letter to