Laboratory Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Laboratory Technician
Post Number
1004006
Closing Date
21 Mar 2021
Grade
SC8
Starting Salary
£19,505 - £23,790
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
31 May 2021
Months Duration
24
Interview Date
12 Apr 2021

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Assist in the running of the John Innes Centre's Genotyping and DNA Extraction service; carrying out various DNA extraction protocols and genotyping reactions in a high throughput service environment.

Key Relationships

Line manager and daily supervisor will be Richard Goram. Will also work with members of the Griffiths group and will have contact with service clients across JIC and several external companies and institutes.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Extraction of DNA from leaf material with 3 different techniques, including running robotic instruments
45
Setting up and running KASP SNP genotyping reactions, and scoring results
35
Liaising with customers to plan jobs and troubleshoot issues, and sending out results
5
Maintaining consumables stock levels
5
General lab administration, including tidying, cleaning reusable consumables etc.
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
A-Level pass, or equivalent qualification, in a science subject
Essential
GCSE grade A*-C, or equivalent, in Maths, Science and English
Essential
BSc in molecular biology or similar
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrable interest in plant science
Essential
Ability to work in a high throughput work environment
Essential
Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy
Essential
Good understanding of the key principles of DNA extraction
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience working in a customer service environment
Essential
Experience working in a molecular biology laboratory
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Ability to work independently
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard hours as required
Essential
Willingness to embrace the values of the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
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. 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

The Genotyping and DNA Extraction service is one of several on site technology platforms offering scientific services to scientists both at JIC and external institutes. It operates as part of Dr. Simon Griffiths' research group (https://www.jic.ac.uk/people/simon-griffiths/).

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Laboratory Technician
Salary:            £19,505 - £23,790 depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:        Two years, fulltime.
Location:        John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Reference:     1004006

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Laboratory Technician to join a growing technology platform at one of the world's leading plant research institutes. 

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 Department:

The Genotyping and DNA Extraction service is one of several on site technology platforms offering scientific services to scientists both at the John Innes Centre and external institutes.  It operates as part of Dr. Simon Griffiths' research group.

The role:

Working as part of a team, you will assist in the running of the John Innes Centre's Genotyping and DNA Extraction service.

This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:
• DNA extraction from leaf material
• Setting up and running KASP SNP genotyping reactions, and scoring results
• Liaise with customers to plan jobs and troubleshoot issues

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in molecular biology and gain experience operating robotic equipment. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate:

You will have an A-Level (or equivalent qualification) in a science subject, as well as GCSEs grades A*-C (or equivalent qualifications) in English, Maths and Science. You will have a keen interest in plant science and experience of working in a customer service environment. Experience of working in a molecular biology laboratory is desirable, but not essential.

Additional information:

Interviews are expected to be held on 12th April 2021.

The closing date for applications is 21/03/2021, please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received. 

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.