- Job Title
- Research Assistant
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 15 Jul 2020
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Sep 2020
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
Research Assistants enhance the output of a research group by providing technical and administrative support to the Group Leader and group members.
Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Enhance the output of a research group by executing and refining existing experimental protocols and/or administrative procedures, assisting colleagues with trouble-shooting as necessary
- Run key items of equipment providing services and/or techniques, taking responsibility for purchases, maintenance and repairs
- Undertake routine administrative tasks, such as maintenance of laboratory supplies and stocks
- Mentor/supervise less experienced researchers, encouraging scientific excellence and provide guidance and training on specialised items of equipment
- Plan, perform, trouble-shoot and analyse experiments as and when necessary, providing preliminary data
- Design and supervise small research projects for students
- Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements
- Assist in the preparation of research proposals and manuscripts, collaborating internally and externally as appropriate
- Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including through the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence
- Disseminate research findings and establish reputation through participation in national conferences and exhibitions
- Support the profile and reputation of the Institute by participating in relevant engagement activities (eg, school visits or open days)
- Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities
- As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post, for example, contributing to the work of Institute committees
Education & Qualifications
- BSc or equivalent in Biology or related field
- Masters or PhD or equivalent in Molecular Biology or Microbiology
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Proven understanding of molecular biology techniques
- In-depth knowledge of plant and microbial science
- Plant pathology expertise
- Demonstrated ability to perform research
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Experience in plant tissue culture, plant and microbial growth and standard microbiological practices
- Evidence of having learned new techniques, optimized protocols and provided technical training
- Supervision of students and visiting workers
- Preparing data / information for grant proposals
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Provided technical training
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Ability to prioritise to meet the demands of the group
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars
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.
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. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Cell & Developmental Biology
Salary: £31,625 - £38,575 depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: 23 months, fulltime.
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Carella Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Evolutionary Plant-Microbe Interactions.
About the John Innes Centre:
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.
Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.
About the Carella Group:
We are establishing a curious, enthusiastic, and innovative team that will explore the diversity of defence responses that evolved to protect land plants from pathogen infection. Using comparative macroevolutionary and molecular genetic approaches, our group explores widely-conserved and lineage-specific aspects of plant defence that will inform future efforts to protect plants from harmful pathogens.
Working as part of a team led by Philip Carella, you will manage and support critical lab business. You will lead and assist with long-term experiments in addition to providing horticulture and plant/microbial transformation support.
This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:
• Molecular genetic analysis of plant-pathogen interactions
• Gene-editing and transformation in distantly-related plant species
• Exposure to various plant-microbe pathosystems
In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in plant and microbial biology. You will also work alongside and support world leading scientists who are experts in their field.
The ideal candidate:
You will have a BSc in Biology or a related field. You will have in-depth knowledge of plant and microbial science and demonstrable experience in the cultivation of plants and standard practices in microbiology and/or molecular biology research.
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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.