Research Assistant (Plant Transformation)
Post Details
Job Title
Research Assistant (Plant Transformation)
Post Number
1004173
Closing Date
31 Jan 2022
Grade
SC7
Starting Salary
£25,568 - £31,384
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Plant Transformation Technician
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Mar 2022
Months Duration
10

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Research Assistants enhance the output of a research group by providing technical support to the Project Leader and group members. This post will involve plant transformation across divergent model plants.

Key Relationships

Internal: Line manager (Phil Carella), 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
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
Undertake routine administrative tasks, such as maintenance of laboratory supplies and stocks
Some responsibility for the running, effectiveness, maintenance/repairs and training for key items of equipment, providing services and/or techniques
Plan, perform and trouble-shoot experiments as and when necessary under the supervision of the Project Leader
Contribute to the writing of research proposals and manuscripts, providing preliminary data
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
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

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
BSc or equivalent in Molecular Biology or a related field
Essential
MSc in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Plant Biology or a related topic
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Background in standard molecular biology techniques
Essential
Knowledge of plant and microbial science
Essential
Skills in plant transformation
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research
Essential
Demonstrable experience in the cultivation of plants
Essential
Demonstrable experience of standard practices in microbiology and/or molecular biology research
Essential
Supervision of students and visiting workers
Desirable
Provided technical training
Desirable
Preparing data / information for grant proposals
Desirable
Plant transformation experience
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
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
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

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

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

Cell & Developmental Biology

Development continues throughout the life of the plant. While many linear pathways affecting development have been discovered and are illustrated by elegant genetic studies, the challenge of the future will be for us to understand how these developmental pathways are integrated, both with themselves as well as with environmental signals, to enable a mature plant to grow from a seed.  Guided by evolutionary principles, the Department uses its knowledge of biological processes obtained in laboratory organisms such as Arabidopsis to understand processes in crop plants such as Brassicas and cereals.  To study this interaction of the plant genome with internal developmental networks and the environment, the Department uses a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular and evolutionary strategies. The insights we are gaining provide both an increasingly detailed knowledge of the proteins involved in diverse regulatory mechanisms and a conceptual framework in which this knowledge can be related and eventually integrated into a molecular description of plant cell function.   The knowledge the department is creating is relevant to agriculture. Genes that control plant stature, form, over-wintering responses and growth are potentially useful for improving crop performance.

Group Details

The Carella group is a curious, enthusiastic, and innovative team that explores 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.

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Research Assistant
Salary:            £25,568 - £31,384 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:        10 months full time
Location:        John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 31st January 2022
Reference:     1004173

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant (Plant Transformation) to join the Phil 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 and microbial genetics. 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.

The role:

Working as part of a team led by Phil Carella, you will establish and optimize protocols for stable and transient transformation in divergent model plants. The candidate will lead and assist with experiments while providing horticulture and plant/microbial transformation support

This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:

• Tissue culture of non-seed land plants including bryophytes and ferns
• Gene-editing and transformation in distantly-related plant species
• Analysis of immune gene function in distantly-related plants

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in plant transformation and molecular biology (e.g. constructing plant transformation vectors, optimizing transformation protocols, confocal microscopy, and more). You will also work alongside and support world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate:

You will have at least a BSc in Molecular Biology or a related field. You will have knowledge of plant and microbial science and demonstrable experience in the cultivation of plants and standard practices in microbiology and/or molecular biology research.

Additional information:

This role does not meet the full salary requirements set by UKVI to allow for visa sponsorship.  However, some individuals may still be eligible for visa sponsorship depending on their personal circumstances.  If you require visa sponsorship, please click here to find out if you qualify before applying. Please note, the occupation code for this role is 2112, which is on the shortage occupation list.

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.

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