|John Innes Centre
JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.
The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
The John Innes Centre prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. For more information, go to http://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
|Job Title||Laboratory Support Assistant|
|Closing Date||23 Oct 2017|
|Starting Salary||£16,000 - £17,800|
|Hours per week
||Undergraduate Laboratory helper.|
|Expected/Ideal Start Date
||02 Oct 2017|
|Main purpose of the job
||The post holder will enhance the output of our research group by providing technical support to group members.|
||The Biological Chemistry Department at the John Innes Centre carries out fundamental research on molecular processes in plants and microbes. With activities ranging from determining DNA topoisomerase structure to mechanism and the generation of novel functional nanostructures from engineered viruses, we employ a multidisciplinary approach that embraces contemporary aspects of enzymology, structural and molecular biology, bionanotechnology, carbohydrate and natural product chemistry. Coupled with state-of-the-art platform technologies for structural, proteomic and chemical genomic analysis, the Department bridges the gap between molecular science and cellular and systems biology. Collectively these studies provide key information with which to manipulate and control molecules, pathways and processes of agronomic, environmental and industrial importance.|
||The O'Connor group works on secondary metabolism in plants.|
Applications are invited for a Laboratory Support Assistant to join the Biological Chemistry Department at the John Innes Centre.
This role is based within the O’Connor Group, which works on secondary metabolism in plants. The successful candidate will enhance the output of the research group by executing and refining existing experimental protocols. They will support the group by carrying out routine administrative tasks and preparing materials for conferences and school visits.
The ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate will have experience of working within molecular biology and have an understanding of protein expression. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £16,000 to £17,800 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a zero hours contract for a period of 10 months.
For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 1003347.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
||Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.|
|Main Activities & Responsibilities||Percentage|
|Enhance the output of a research group by executing and refining existing experimental protocols ||75|
|Undertake routine administrative tasks, such as maintenance of laboratory supplies and stocks||5|
|Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements||5|
|Support group members with the dissemination of the research findings and relevant engagement activities, eg, through preparation of materials for conferences or school visits/activities||5|
|Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities||5|
|As agreed with line manager, any other tasks commensurate with the nature of the role||5||
|Education & Qualifications||Requirement||Importance|
|Educated to BSc level or equivalent||Desirable||
|Specialist Knowledge & Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|General molecular biology experience||Essential||
|Experience in molecular biology/protein expression||Essential|
|Demonstrated ability to perform research ||Desirable|
|Preparing data ||Desirable|
|Provided technical training||Desirable|
|Experience of oral research presentations||Desirable||
|Interpersonal & Communication Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team||Essential|
|Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills||Essential|
|Excellent time management and organisational skills||Essential|
|Ability to prioritise to meet the demands of the group||Essential|
|Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity ||Essential|
|Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures||Essential|
|Promotes and strives for continuous improvement||Essential||
|Promotes equality and values diversity||Essential|
|Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work||Essential|
|Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute ||Essential|
|Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate ||Essential|
|Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required ||Essential|
|Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars ||Essential||