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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 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.

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Post Number1003347
Job TitleLaboratory Support Assistant
Closing Date23 Oct 2017
Starting Salary£16,000 - £17,800
Hours per week 0
Project Title Undergraduate Laboratory helper.
Expected/Ideal Start Date 02 Oct 2017
Months Duration 10
Main purpose of the job The post holder will enhance the output of our research group by providing technical support to group members.
Department Biological Chemistry
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.
Group Details The O'Connor group works on secondary metabolism in plants.
Advert Text Laboratory Support

Applications are invited for a Laboratory Support Assistant to join the Biological Chemistry Department at the John Innes Centre.

The role:

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.

Additional information:

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 or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or 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.
Key relationships Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.

External: Collaborators
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
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 stocks5
Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements5
Support group members with the dissemination of the research findings and relevant engagement activities, eg, through preparation of materials for conferences or school visits/activities5
Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities5
As agreed with line manager, any other tasks commensurate with the nature of the role5

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
Educated to BSc level or equivalentDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
General molecular biology experienceEssential

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Experience in molecular biology/protein expressionEssential
Demonstrated ability to perform research Desirable
Preparing data Desirable
Provided technical trainingDesirable
Experience of oral research presentationsDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a teamEssential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skillsEssential
Excellent time management and organisational skillsEssential
Ability to prioritise to meet the demands of the groupEssential
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating ProceduresEssential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvementEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to workEssential
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

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