Laboratory Assistant

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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.

Post Details

Job Title
Laboratory Assistant
Post Number
1003573
Closing Date
27 Nov 2018
Grade
SC8
Starting Salary
£18,720 - £22,900
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Crop Transformation Group Laboratory Assistant
Expected/Ideal Start Date
08 Jan 2019
Months Duration
8
Interview Date
03 Dec 2018

Main Purpose of the Job

Provide support for the transformation of key BRACT crops including cereals and legumes. This will include media and stock solution preparation, maintaining / ordering laboratory supplies, plant tissue culture and plant work in the glasshouse and controlled environment rooms including harvesting and threshing.

Department

Crop Genetics

The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.

Group Details

This post is within the Crop Transformation Group led by Prof Wendy Harwood within the Department of Crop Genetics. The group works on developing and improving transformation and gene editing technologies in a number of crops including the cereals, Brassicas and model legumes. We have developed efficient Agrobacterium-based transformation systems for our key crops as well as efficient gene editing technologies.

Advert Text

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic Laboratory Assistant to join the Crop Transformation Group at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.

The Crop Transformation Group works on developing and improving transformation technologies in a number of crops including the cereals and Brassicas. We have developed efficient Agrobacterium-based transformation systems for our key crops. Recently the group has demonstrated efficient genome editing in a range of crops.

The role:

The main purpose of this position is to provide support for the transformation / genome editing of key BRACT crops. This will include media and stock solution preparation, maintaining laboratory consumables, plant tissue culture and plant work including harvesting and threshing.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should possess previous experience of laboratory work and be skilled in caring for plants in a glasshouse environment. Experience in plant tissue culture and media preparation would be advantageous. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

All candidates should have at least 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent. A Levels in scientific subjects would be desirable.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post for a contract of 8 months.

We also welcome applications from candidates seeking part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

Interviews for this position are expected to take place on Monday 3rd December 2018.

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.

Key Relationships

The post will be managed by Wendy Harwood but the post holder will work closely with other members of the BRACT group including Penny Hundleby and Alison Hinchliffe.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Plant tissue culture
30
Plant work including harvesting and threshing
30
Media and stock solution preparation
20
Standard bacterial and molecular biology techniques
10
Record keeping
5
Ordering consumables and routine laboratory tasks
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
5 GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent
Essential
Science A Level(s)
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge, understanding and experience of plant care in a glasshouse environment
Essential
Skilled in standard bacterial and molecular biology techniques
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Previous experience of working in a laboratory enviornment
Essential
Media preparation
Desirable
Plant work in controlled environment rooms
Desirable
Sterile technique
Desirable
Plant tissue culture
Desirable
Bacterial work
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 collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Attention to detail
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
Desirable