Research Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Research Technician
Post Number
1003688
Closing Date
27 May 2019
Grade
SC8
Starting Salary
£18,720 - £22,900
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Research assistant in plant pathology
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Aug 2019
Months Duration
12

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

A Research Technician position is available in the Saunders group at the John Innes Centre (JIC), Norwich, UK. The main purpose of this post is to provide technical support to two research projects:
(1) analysing host specificity of the yellow rust pathogen on various cereal hosts, and
(2) examining the prevalence of the different stages of the lifecycle of the wheat yellow rust pathogen and other related rust species in the UK.

The appointee will assist with sample recording, pathogen infection assays and scoring these pathology tests performed across an array of cereal hosts in the laboratory. In addition, the appointee will assist with the extraction of DNA and RNA from field-collected infected plant tissue and carry out molecular analysis to identify the rust species. This project provides an exciting opportunity for the candidate to work in a multidisciplinary research group in the Crop Genetics department at the JIC.

Key Relationships

The appointee will work closely with a postdoc mentor and interact with all members of the Saunders Lab.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Work closely with a postdoctoral mentor to undertake pathogen infection assays
40
Assist RNA/DNA extractions from infected plant tissue
30
Assist with molecular analysis of field-collected infected plant tissue
20
Write and maintain manual records of all procedures
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Possess 3 A Levels at grades A-D or equivalent, including Biology or similar subject
Essential
BSc in Biology or equivalent degree at minimum 2:1 level
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Working knowledge of molecular biology
Essential
Experience in plant pathology
Essential

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience in a laboratory environment
Essential
Experience in the use of Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Excel
Essential

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to collaborate with internal stakeholders
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
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
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Attention to detail
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
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential

Who We Are

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.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

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.

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

The Saunders group works on a variety of emerging and re-emerging plant pathogens using a broad array of techniques that include molecular genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology, cell biology, genomics, transcriptomics and data mining to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the plant pathogen interface.

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Research Technician

Applications are invited for a Research Technician to join the Laboratory of Dr Diane Saunders at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The Saunders group works on a variety of emerging and re-emerging plant pathogens using a broad array of techniques that include molecular genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology, cell biology, genomics, transcriptomics and data mining to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the plant pathogen interface.

The role:

The main purpose of this post is to provide technical support to two research projects:
(1) analysing host specificity of the yellow rust pathogen on various cereal hosts, and
(2) examining the prevalence of the different stages of the lifecycle of the wheat yellow rust pathogen and other related rust species in the UK.

The post holder will assist with sample recording, pathogen infection assays and scoring these pathology tests performed across an array of cereal hosts in the laboratory. In addition, the post holder will assist with the extraction of DNA and RNA from field-collected infected plant tissue and carry out molecular analysis to identify the rust species.

This project provides an exciting opportunity for the candidate to work in a multidisciplinary research group in the Crop Genetics department at the JIC.

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this role, candidates should possess three A Level passes or equivalent, including Biology or similar subject. A BSc in Biological Sciences (or similar) would be desirable. They should have a good working knowledge of molecular biology and good computer literacy. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Previous experience of working in a laboratory environment is also essential.

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 full time post for a contract of 12 months.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

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 closing date for applications will be 27 May 2019.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.