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Vision, mission and our values

The James Hutton Institute is a well-respected and globally recognised research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources. You can find more about our vision, mission and values here.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The James Hutton Group celebrates and values the diversity of its workforce and believes that employing, assisting the development of, and promoting people of all protected characteristics is in the best interests of the Group, its staff and students. Our aim is to create an environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. More information on this can be found here.


Below you can find a summary of employee benefits a more detailed overview can be found here.

  • Annual Leave - Generous entitlement up to 40.5 days a year, with carry over possible and guaranteed time-off for Christmas.
  • Pension - Employer Contribution of 15% in a Personal Pension Plan and employee contribution flexibility.
  • Self-managed hours and Flexible Working - Option to manage and spread your working time in line with organisational needs to create a healthy work life balance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - A confidential service available to support employees and their families with work or personal problems. Providing access to professional counsellors, psychologists, and work-life consultants available to help and support individuals in tackling all types of problems.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme - We are in partnership with the Green Commute Initiative cycle-to-work scheme to promote environmentally friendly travel to and from work. Information about the cycle-to-work scheme can be found on their website  James Hutton Group Life Scheme - The scheme provides a lump sum payment of “4 x salary” in the event of your death whilst an employee. All employees who are permanent or fixed term contract with a minimum contract of 12 months between the ages of 16 and 69 are eligible.
  • iHasco eLearning - The Institute has enrolled onto a new e-learning platform – iHasco. Online Health & Safety and HR Compliance training made simple. iHasco is offering an extensive range of courses, useful for both professional and personal development.
  • Apple Discount - All staff and students of the James Hutton Institute are entitled to take advantage of significant educational discounts from Apple when buying an Apple Mac computer or an Apple iPad for personal use.

Technicians Commitment

The James Hutton Institute is one of more than 91 universities and research institutions from across the UK who have pledged to support their technicians. The Technician Commitment is a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council and supported by the Gatsby Foundation to help address key challenges facing technical staff working in research.

The commitment was launched in 2017 and four target areas have been identified, which universities and institutions will work to improve to safeguard vital technical skills. The commitment ensures greater visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians across all disciplines.

The commitment is essential as the demand for technicians increases with more than 1.5 million technicians currently work in the UK, which is expected to rise by around 70,000 each year. Vice-chancellors and directors of research institutes from leading institutions across the UK have recognised the need to ensure sustainability by safeguarding technical skills across their organisations by utilising and developing expertise.

Hear more from our technicians below:

Living in Dundee/Aberdeen

We have sites in Aberdeen and Dundee, find out more about the cities below:

All our active vacancies can be found here.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.