Research Technician

University of Nottingham - Plant & Crop Sciences

Location: Sutton Bonington

Salary: £22,494 to £26,829 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Applications are invited for the above post based within the School of Biosciences at the Sutton Bonington Campus.

The position will form part of a team associated with the BBSRC funded project entitled “Developing systems to control male fertility in wheat for hybrid breeding, enhanced pollen production and increased yield“. Control of fertility and successful reproduction is key to grain set and thus crop yield in cereals. This programme will provide greater understanding of pollen development in cereals towards controlling wheat fertility, but also by identifying traits for enhanced pollen production and viability, particularly under environmental stress.

The role is to provide specialist technical support in laboratory analysis & plant maintenance.

Duties will include;

  • Laboratory analysis: molecular genetics eg. running gels, PCR, expression analysis, developing media
  • Bioinformatic analysis: molecular cytogenetics – genomic in situ hybridisation
  • Plant maintenance: potting, watering, collecting & sowing seed
  • Ensuring stocks & equipment in own areas of responsibility are maintained & available for use
  • Maintaining a safe working environment in accordance with statutory & University Health & Safety procedures

Full details can be found in the job description.

Candidates must have a minimum of HNC in a relevant subject, or equivalent qualifications plus considerable relevant technical/scientific experience in a relevant role or substantial work experience in a relevant technical or scientific role.

The role holder should be able to demonstrate proven molecular biology skills & a good working knowledge of techniques including PCR. Experience working in the area of plant biology & genetics would be desirable.

Experience in large-scale plant maintenance, husbandry is essential to the role, some experience of transformation of monocot plant species, and analysis of traits linked to plant reproduction would be desirable.

The successful candidate should be a proficient computer user & demonstrate good IT skills.

This post is available immediately and is offered as a part-time basis of 18.12 hours per week and is fixed-term for a period of 3 years.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Prof Zoe Wilson tel: 0115 9513235 Or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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