Job Advert – New Science Opportunities at Stockbridge




Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) Ltd, based in Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s leading independent applied Research & Development Centres delivering technology for UK horticulture & agriculture.

We are now offering the opportunity of 1-year fixed contracts (with the intention for these to become permanent positions for the right candidates) in various specialisms and at various levels in our Science Department.

Roles as Technician through to Project Manager are available covering specialist areas such as Plant Pathology, Entomology, Sustainable and Photobiology.  The ideal candidate will be qualified to degree level or above in such a discipline, or alternatively be qualified by experience. 

Ideally you will bring relevant experience such as R&D trial work, delivering knowledge transfer and bid writing.

You should possess an analytical mind with a high level of attention to detail, work in an efficient organised manner and have good oral and written communication skills.

The ability to work as part of a team when required is essential, as is working independently as required.

Candidates with PA1/PA6 & BASIS qualifications are preferred.

This role will require off-site travel.  We are based in a rural location, so a clean driving license and own transport are essential.

Salary will be commensurate to experience.

If you think you have the right skills to become part of our team please forward your CV and covering letter to Mrs. Elaine Hukins, Office Manager, by email at  Should you require more information regarding the positions, including salary range, please contact Elaine on 01757 268275 or by email.

Closing date for applications – Friday 25th May 2018

Job Advert – Business Manager Photobiology


Wanted – Senior Business Manager


The candidate would be responsible in the main for the operation of our facilities at STC related to LED lighting, particularly in horticultural crops and the ‘urban farming’ closed environment concepts of LED development.  Other technologies related to knowledge transfer to farmers and growers may also be involved.

The candidate would be expected to capture projects both public and private.  To deliver projects including management of staff involved, and finally to transfer the knowledge learnt to industry at all levels.

We would expect the candidate to have a Doctorate in Photobiology and a record of successful technology project capture and delivery.  Also, staff motivation and management skills and the ability to work in a flexible team.

The post would respond to our Director of Science, but the candidate would be expected to lead and develop their department, both for income, profitability and industry relevance.  We are seeking an industry leader.

Salary would be not less than £35k, the agreed amount being subject to experience.  Holiday entitlement is 31 days (including Bank Holidays).  A workplace pension scheme is provided.

Applications to include CV and covering letter and sent to

Closing date: 18 May 2018

For informal enquiries please contact Dr David George, Director of Science, by email on


Announcement – Dr Phillip Davis

After five years working on LED lighting technology with core funding from the Horticultural Fellowship Fund sponsored by HTA, The East Malling Trust and AHDB (HDC) inspired by Neil Bragg, Phillip is moving on.
In 2012 STC built a large closed environment insulated facility constructed by Cambridge HOK and using Philips LED lights to look at the growth of plants under various spectral regimes.
Phillip came to work in this world leading facility and has carried out projects on a wide range of edible and ornamental crops both for AHDB but also many private growers. He also worked with tomatoes looking at overhead and inter-lighting comparison treatments. Such is the speed of LED lighting development, both in closed environments and other glasshouse crops, that commerce have largely taken up the work and are moving ahead. The closed environment work is mainly now termed Urban Farming and developments are worldwide aimed at overcoming severe climates, proximity to consumer and hygiene of crops.
Phillip is an expert in these fields having worked in the STC facilities and closely with others. As such he is in demand and will be progressing in the commercial part of the industry. We wish him well.
Graham Ward OBE said “the objective of STC is to develop and transfer science as practical technology for our customers. Phillip has done this with LED lights, for us, over the last five years. We expect our staff to move out to the commercial world and we wish him well in his new career.
With the excellent LED facilities at STC, including the new CHAP LED facility, our Director of Science, Dr David George looks forward to introducing a new Business Manager in Photobiology to continue this valuable work for the industry.”

The Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food Open Business Meeting 9 MAY

UV – ROBOT -Innovative UV-robotics to improve existing IPM strategies and to benefit farmers, consumers and the environment



  • LEAD PARTNER ORGANISATION Proefcentrum Hoogstraten
  • LOCAL CONTACT PERSON Phillip Davis –



Project Summary

An important disease in many crops is mildew. Current horticultural practices rely on intensive pesticide use to counter it. However, the use of chemical crop protection results in spray residues on the harvested product and mildew infections cannot always be prevented. Scientific research showed that UV-C light has the potential to become a sustainable alternative for chemical mildew control. The application of UV-C still need to be optimized and automation is required to allow introduction in horticulture. UV-ROBOT will try to tackle these issues and has three main goals:

  • Develop robots for autonomous mildew control
  • Integrate UV-C in current IPM strategies
  • Implement the innovation by growers

In the course of the project we will develop, test and demonstrate cost-effective UV-C robots to control mildew in three types of crops:

  • Spherical: strawberry
  • Vertical: tomato and cucumber
  • Horizontal: lettuce and basil

Horticultural experts in Belgium and the UK will together find ways to incorporate UV-C in current IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies of each crop. Belgian expertise in automation and French expertise in data analysis will jointly develop innovative robots that can autonomously apply UV-C. On top, the co-creation of innovative sensors for automatic mildew monitoring by a UK partner specialized in e-nose development will reduce the farmers’ workload and ensure tight disease control.

At the end of the project the developed robots will be available for growers with a user-friendly interface and a crop specific implementation strategy. Demonstration across the NWE region and extensive communication during and after the project will inform growers to ensure innovation roll-out. We hereby aim to lower growers’ dependence on chemical crop protection and thereby reduce pesticide use and spray residues in horticulture across North-West Europe.


  • Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt
  • Octinion
  • STC Research Foundation
  • CESI
  • Roboscientific Limited
  • Comité d’Action Technique et Economique
  • Comité Départemental de Développement Maraîche