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John Innes Centre
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.
Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
We pride ourselves 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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. 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
- Entomology Facility Assistant (Maternity Cover)
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 16 Aug 2018
- Starting Salary
- £18,720 - £22,900
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- A general assistant to help with the daily duties of running the John Innes Centre's Entomology Facility.
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Oct 2018
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
The job will entail working within the entomology facility, undertaking essential tasks that ensure the facility provides a high quality entomological services to science . The post holder will help to look after a range of insect colonies and maintaining a high degree of hygiene. Insect food plants will also have to be grown and maintained to a high standard. The job will also involve working within a quarantine environment which conforms to the rules and regulations specified under the facility's DEFRA plant health licence. The postholder will assist with equipment and facility cleaning. After a period of training, the post holder could be expected to assist in setting up bioassays and recording data for a range of projects.
Cell & Developmental Biology
The Entomology facility is one of JIC's Platform Technologies. It provides a specialised service to scientists across NRP. Colonies of insects are maintained in the facility's insectary and associated bioassays are designed and undertaken for users. A high level of care is required for keeping the insect colonies in healthy condition and for maintaining the facility to a high degree of hygiene.
Applications are invited for an Entomology Facility Assistant to join the John Innes Centre.
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.
The John Innes Centre’s Entomology and insectary facility provides a unique and specialised service for undertaking and supporting invertebrate-related studies.
Our skilled and experienced team of entomologists are on hand to maintain, design, undertake and oversee studies using many different species of invertebrates, including non-native exotic species (held under DEFRA licence), and native plant pest species, within a purpose-built quarantined insectary. For more information about the Entomology team, please click here: https://www.jic.ac.uk/technologies/entomology-insectary/
The post will involve undertaking and assisting with the essential daily tasks of maintaining the facility and its resources as a specialised service to science programmes across Norwich Research Park. As well as helping to maintain insect colonies, the post holder will be required to clean equipment and maintain the high level of hygiene required within the facility. Strict working procedures will need to be adhered at all times.
During this employment, the postholder will gain experience in professional entomology and obtain training in undertaking experiments and data collection.
The ideal candidate:
We are seeking an exceptional candidate with 3 A Levels grades A*-D (or equivalent) including Biology. The successful candidate will have a basic understanding of insect biology and previous experience of working in a scientific environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a maternity cover contract expected to last 14 months but may be shorter or longer depending on when the absent employee returns to work.
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 email@example.com quoting reference 1003508.
We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, 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 Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The post holder will not have any management responsibilities, but will be managed by the insectary manager.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Work with other members of the entomology team to maintain a high standard service and support for science users
- Carry out insect husbandry duties to take care of a range of insect colonies
- Clean equipment and maintain the high level of hygiene required within the facility
- Grow and maintain insect food plants to a high standard
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of the facility's DEFRA plant health license
- Assist in setting up bioassays and recording data for a range of projects (training provided)
Education & Qualifications
- 3 A Levels at grade A*-D, or equivalent, including Biology
- 5 GCSEs grades A*C, or equivalent, including Science
- Degree in relevant scientific field
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Keen interest in entomology
- Basic understanding of insect biology
- Horticulture skills
- Skills and experience in terrestrial invertebrate handling and colony maintenance
- Previous experience of working in a scientific environment
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
- Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity