Research Micropropagation Technician


(Fixed Term Until 31st March 2020)

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 micropropagation technician post to assist the Genetics, Genomics and Breeding department at NIAB EMR. 

The successful candidate will assist in a range of technical activities to support the research projects of the programme, including monitoring the health and condition of in vitro plant collections, micropropagating plants, maintaining the stocks of tissue culture plants, weaning plants out of tissue culture and making media.

The successful applicant will obtain excellent experience in practical horticulture and tissue culture work within a vibrant and growing company.

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 horticulture and ideally a full driving licence.

The appointment will be on Pay Band 9, £16,933 to £18,748 per annum dependant on experience and qualifications. 25 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays, pleasant working environment and eligibility to join the company 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:  23rd January 2018

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