Research Laboratory Technician


Based at East Malling in Kent, NIAB EMR is an internationally renowned plant science organisation conducting research on horticultural crops and their interactions with the environment, with particular emphasis on perennial and clonally propagated fruit crops.

NIAB EMR became part of The NIAB Group in January 2016. NIAB is the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation, with rapidly expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, Government and academia. Employing more than 300 people across the UK, NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors.

An enthusiastic, organised and practically minded applicant is sought for a laboratory technician post to assist in the smooth running of the Genetics Department laboratories at NIAB EMR.

The successful candidate will assist in a range of technical activities to support numerous research projects, including making up growth media and stocks as required, monitoring and replenishing stocks of consumables as required, performing DNA extractions, PCR and DNA fingerprinting, as well as maintaining lab collections of DNA, micro-organisms and databases.  In addition, the role will involve micropropagating plants, maintaining the stocks of tissue culture plants, weaning plants out of tissue culture and making media.

Candidates must have at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent).  The successful applicant must be prepared to work flexibly to meet seasonal workloads with occasional weekend work, have an interest in molecular biology.

Successful applicants will obtain excellent experience in laboratory work within a vibrant and growing company.

This will be on Pay Band 9, £16,642 to £18,426 per annum dependant on experience and qualifications.  25 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays, pleasant working environment and eligibility to join a pension scheme upon appointment. 

Further details and an application form can be obtained by e-mail from  Please include a detailed CV with your application. 

Please contact Richard Harrison, for informal enquiries. 

Closing date 13th January 2017. 
Interviews will be held on the 23rd and 24th January 2017.

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