Research Technician

University of Exeter - Technical Services

College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences

This BBSRC funded full-time post is immediately available on a fixed term basis of one year.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

The College wishes to recruit a Research Technician to support the work of Professor Nicholas J. Talbot FRS. The successful applicant will work on an interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding the molecular basis of fungal pathogenesis in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. The position is funded by a BBSRC award and and ERC Advanced Investigator Award GENBLAST and will primarily be associated with supporting molecular genetics research.

The technician will support a wide range of research activities, including the cultivation and manipulation of filamentous fungal pathogens, molecular cloning and gene identification and characterisation. The successful applicant will have experience in a wide range of microbiology and molecular biology procedures and be able to demonstrate that they can support independent research scientists accurately and professionally. The successful applicant will also be able to present information on research progress and outcomes both orally and in written reports.

Applicants will possess a relevant first degree (BSc Honours) in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Genetics and demonstrate sufficient knowledge of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to demonstrate skills in plant pathology, molecular cloning, gene characterisation, and gene expression analysis.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 39 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P00980 in any correspondence.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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