Technician position in molecular genetics of disease resistance

The Sainsbury Laboratory - 2Blades

A position is available in the 2Blades group of Peter van Esse at The Sainsbury Laboratory to join ongoing projects. Using state-of-the-art techniques, you will be involved in the identification of novel resistance genes effective against major diseases of crops. The successful candidate will have significant responsibility to support researchers with the various experimental and technical challenges within the project.

We seek an individual with outstanding talent and abilities in molecular biology who has an eagerness to work as part of a collaborative, multi-functional, international team.  The successful candidate has an interest in plants and a desire to see research outcomes reach practical application. The successful candidate has excellent interpersonal skills and a talent for organization. A BSc in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or biotechnology is required. In addition, experience in molecular cloning techniques, DNA extraction, DNA amplification, chemical safety and lab journal documentation are required. Knowledge of plant transformation techniques, KASP genotyping and agronomic knowledge will be highly advantageous.

Salary will be within the technical staff Grade 5 Technical Staff scale between £21,585 and £24,983; however, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.

The position is available for two years in the first instance from 1 April 2018.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. For more information please visit

The 2Blades Foundation is a U.S. nonprofit organization that discovers and advances technologies that significantly reduce, or entirely prevent, crop disease in order to improve agricultural output and the lives of people around the world. For more information please visit

The position is open until filled, but we will begin selecting applicants for interview from February 1st 2018. Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a cover letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria. Please send formal applications, quoting the reference number below, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.

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