Entomology Facility Manager
Post Details
Job Title
Entomology Facility Manager
Post Number
1003770
Closing Date
18 Sep 2019
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£39,990 - £48,775
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
06 Jan 2020
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Lead and manage the operation of the Entomology Facility as a Platform Technology service for the Norwich Research Park. This includes supporting research on invertebrates and plant-invertebrate and plant-pathogen-invertebrate interactions, as well as developing the facility and its work to ensure future successes.

Key Relationships

The Entomology Facility Manager is accountable to the Entomology Steering Committee and reports to a JIC Group Leader in Crop Genetics. Other key relationships include:
-Institute Strategic Programme (ISP) and Group Leaders at JIC, across the Norwich Research Park, at other research institutes and in the UK.
-The JIC KEC team
-JIC Horticultural Services team
-Inter(national) Agritech companies interested in research of invertebrate pests
-Government stakeholders of BBSRC, Defra, NERC, other research councils, UKRI, and APHA.
-(Inter)national charities who contribute funding to JIC Entomology Facility
-(Inter)national research institutes and agencies, involved in invertebrate-related research
-NBI Partnership services, including IT, Finance, HR and Facilities Management
-High-school and under graduate students and postdoctoral researchers - helping and guiding with research projects
-Journalists (television, radio, newspaper)
-Members of the public

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Lead and manage the Entomology Facility, ensuring the effective, efficient and safe operation of the facility to meet the needs of NBI science. This will include training and supervising technical support staff, cost recovery to maximise usage, ensuring high standards of hygiene in the maintenance of colonies, supporting the career development of team members and effective performance management.
20
Establish and maintain links with industry, collaborators, Government and other stakeholders, and negotiate and plan research projects.
5
Keep up to date with new technologies relevant to entomology research (including, but not limited to, new generation sequencing tools and bioinformatics applications), implementing those that bring added opportunities to science and effectively managing change.
5
Identify, explore and, as appropriate, secure new collaborative and service support opportunities that generate income for the facility’s cost recovery requirements.
5
Oversee the maintenance of reared colonies of licensed, quarantined invertebrates and native species, many of which are global crop pests.
5
Develop new procedures for bioassays and establishing effective captive breeding systems for topical invertebrate plant/crop pest species.
5
Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, including those related to health, safety and the environment, ensuring that appropriate licenses are requested and updated and that users follow appropriate regulations and standard operating procedures when using the Entomology Facility.
5
Ensure the facility’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), including those for accessing the DEFRA-licenced quarantine unit and maintaining and working with licenced material, are maintained and developed as necessary.
5
Collaborate with Group Leaders on projects involving the analysis or use of invertebrates.
5
Assist with the writing of grants for research funding agencies, charities and industry.
5
Become involved in specific project work undertaken within the facility including bioassay work for clients as well as in house studies.
5
Help supervise graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with research projects on invertebrate pests and co-supervise high-school and undergraduate student for training projects. Ensure that new users of the Entomology Facility receive appropriate training.
5
Engage with the Entomology Steering Committee and other relevant committees and colleagues to ensure the future success of the facility, ensuring agreed actions are implemented in a timely manner.
5
Interact with the Horticulture Services department for monitoring and controlling plant pests and diseases in JIC greenhouses.
5
Liaise with the JIC communications team to ensure that the Entomology Facility internet and intranet pages provide clear, up to date and user-friendly information on the facility’s services and downloadable information.
5
Engage with broad audiences, including scientists, students, industry, journalists and the general public via scientific presentations at diverse conferences and public events, newspaper articles, radio and television.
5
As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post.
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD (or equivalent research experience) in Biological Sciences or similar discipline
Essential
PhD in Entomology
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge and experience of genetics approaches and handling (invertebrate) genome sequence data
Essential
Previous experience with handling and rearing (invertebrate) organisms, and planning experiments with them, preferably (but not necessarily) in combination with plants/crops.
Essential
A keen interest to study invertebrates
Essential
A solid understanding of what knowledge may be gained from analysing -omics data, including for instance genome-structure analyses, gene identification, (invertebrate) genotyping, assessments of population structures and evolution, crop genetics, breeding approaches and GWAS.
Essential
Knowledge of the crop protection industry
Desirable
Knowledge of EC pesticide rules and regulations
Desirable
Experience with licensing and the regulation of import, export, quarantine and maintenance of native and non-native invertebrate organisms, and usage of pesticides
Desirable
New generation genome-sequencing methods
Desirable
Bioinformatics skills
Desirable
Plant/animal pathogen transmission assays with insect vectors
Desirable
Good understanding of plant-insect interactions
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience in establishing and maintaining organisms, preferably invertebrate species, under controlled conditions
Essential
Knowledge and experience in bioassay design, preferably involving invertebrate species
Essential
Experience leading initiatives and/or people, proactively managing any difficulties
Essential
Evidence of successfully contributing ideas to projects
Essential
Entrepreneurial skills or a keen interest to develop these skills
Essential
Experience with and interest in (co-) supervising PhD students
Desirable
First/senior authorship of scientific publications
Desirable
Evidence of successful engagement with industry, charities and various funding agencies
Desirable
Experience working with invertebrates within a controlled quarantined environment
Desirable
Experience of managing a team
Desirable
Evidence of leadership skills
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including in scientific writing
Essential
Ability to motivate, manage and mentor colleagues
Essential
Excellent inter-personal skills, including demonstrated ability in supervising early career staff, such as undergraduate, MSc or PhD students
Essential
Effective team player
Essential
Excellent networking skills
Essential
Excellent presentation skills
Essential
Interest in outreach activities
Essential
Experience with outreach activities
Desirable
Ability to explain scientific concepts to the general public
Desirable
Ability to discuss and understand complex interactions and biological processes
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Embraces the expected values and behaviours of all staff.
Essential
Willing to work out of hours/weekends occasionally in order to ensure the effective maintenance of colonies
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, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

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, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment 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).

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

Entomology Research Facility staff

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Entomology Facility Manager

Applications are invited for an Entomology Facility Manager to join the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

The Entomology Facility:

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

The Entomology Facility provides a unique and specialised service for undertaking and supporting invertebrate-related studies.

Our skilled and experienced team of entomologists 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. Find out more about the Entomology team here.

The role:

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to lead and manage the operation of the John Innes Centre Entomology Facility. This will include supporting research on invertebrates and plant/pathogen interactions, as well as developing the facility and its work to ensure future successes.

This diverse role will provide the successful candidate with a broad range of exciting opportunities, including:

- Collaborating with scientists involved in a diverse range of invertebrate-related research;
- Developing independent research projects in collaboration with (inter)national industry, charities and research scientists at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park and externally, including industry;
- Promoting the John Innes Centre’s entomological activities through public engagement and local/national media opportunities;
- Developing the future direction of the Entomology Facility and helping obtain funding to enhance research opportunities.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should possess a PhD, or equivalent research experience, in Biological Sciences or similar discipline. Previous experience with handling and rearing (invertebrate) organisms, and planning experiments with them, preferably (but not necessarily) in combination with plants/crops, is essential. We are seeking candidates who have knowledge in genetics approaches, handled (invertebrate) genome sequence data and have a solid understanding of what knowledge may be gained from analysing these data.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including in scientific writing) and interpersonal skills are essential, as is with the ability to supervise staff and students. The successful candidate will have entrepreneurial skills or be keen to develop these skills and shows an interest in outreach activities, for example engaging with school children, the general public, journalists and social media.
 
Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,990 to £48,775 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a fulltime post on a permanent basis.

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 John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences