Application process: Please send your CV to before the deadline. Applications will be reviewed internally. Successful applicants will be contacted soon after to arrange an interview.

Closing date: 19/08/2019

Research Assistant - Role description

LettUs Grow is a fast-paced and agile start-up based in the heart of Bristol. We design technology for indoor farms with the mission to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of fresh produce by enabling anyone, anywhere, to grow nutritious produce near its point of consumption. 

We’ve developed innovative software and hardware solutions that combine efficient aeroponic technology with data collection, automation and operational insights for the farmers and growers of the future. Our driven and friendly team is scaling quickly to meet the growing demand for this trailblazing technology. 

Everything we do is impact-driven. We want to make a substantial positive change, not just through our products, but also in how we operate as a team. We are ambitious, responsible and caring, and bring these core-values into everything we do. This is clear in the way we approach challenges: we’re ambitious enough to run into a fair few, responsible enough to address them with innovative solutions and caring in our approach to solving them as a team, for the good of our planet and the people that inhabit it. 

At LettUs Grow, we collaborate across teams so as a Research Assistant you’ll have the opportunity to work with our team of engineers and software developers or to speak at public events with our communications team.

You will be working from our open office where hotdesking is encouraged, within our world-class horticultural research facility and/or in our engineering workshops and production areas. 

At LettUs Grow we offer:

  • Flexible working hours. Whether your child's ill, you're waiting for a package or you have some deep-focussed work to do, we all need some time away from the office. 

  • A living wage with regular salary reviews in line with our salary framework, to ensure we recognise and reward talent while offering equal pay for equal work. 

  • 25 days holiday a year (plus UK public holidays), and we encourage you to use them all up! If you don't, you can carry some over into next year. 

  • Training and professional development: training courses, resources and conferences that help you learn and grow in your role and for your future.

  • A team of ambitious, open and impact-driven employees.

  • An inviting office atmosphere complete with skill-sharing workshops and a ping-pong table.

  • The best coffee in town. We keep our team well fuelled with top notch coffee from a local supplier.

  • Bike repair station. Everything you need to keep you on the road from tools and parts to spare lights and a lock.

Want to know more about what it’s like to work at LettUs Grow? Visit our careers page to hear from some of our current staff. 

Research Assistant role description:

As a Research Assistant at LettUs Grow, you will report directly to our Scientific Manager. In your role, you will be responsible for assisting with data collection and the running of experimental trials on the farm. You will be a part of the scientific team, helping with a large range of projects that tie in goals from across the company. 

You can expect to be delegated responsibility at an early stage and will have a real opportunity to progress as the company scales. This role is ideal for a diligent, personable applicant who is keen to grow with an impact-led start-up. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our diverse team of horticulturists, engineers and commercial growers, to together design and build the next generation of indoor farming technology.

Your responsibilities:

  • To assist with ongoing research and experiments to improve plant growing systems 

  • To help collect a high standard of data on plant development and environmental conditions. 

  • Performing statistical analysis on the data to a moderate level.

  • To write scientific reports to a high standard

  • Work alongside the farm operations team, helping to maintain operational standards and complete farm tasks such as: sowing, harvesting and cleaning. 

What you need:

  • A biological / plant sciences bachelor's degree

  • Experience using excel

Also desirable:

  • Horticultural experience

  • Experience with other statistical software, such as R or SPSS

  • Experience with food safety and HACCP protocols

The position is a 6 month fixed term contract, is based in central Bristol and will benefit from training and external mentoring. Salary will be competitive to match experience, with the benefit of participating in an established employee share options scheme. We encourage a good work-life balance, with flexible working hours and 25 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays). LettUs Grow Ltd is an Equal Opportunity Employer.