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Research Technician - Genetic Regulation of 3D Growth

University of Oxford - Department of Plant Sciences

Location: Oxford
Salary: £25,941 to £30,942 p.a. Grade 5:
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2019
Closes: 22nd November 2019
Job Ref: 143885

Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Technician until 31 March 2021. This is a full-time post, funded by the Royal Society for 9 months working under the supervision of Dr Laura Moody on the ‘Genetic regulation of 3D growth’. The Research Technician will be an experienced member of the team, performing genetic screens, propagating mutant lines and optimising proteomics techniques in the model organism Physcomitrella patens. The work is to be conducted in Dr Moody’s lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB. 

The postholder should be educated to at least degree level, or have equivalent qualification in science or extensive practical experience in a relevant research area. Previous experience of molecular biology techniques (e.g. preparation of nucleic acid or protein samples from plants, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, Southern blotting, SDS-PAGE, and western blotting). Previous experience with plant tissue culture (e.g. media preparation and propagation of plant material in sterile conditions). Excellent attention to detail, with the ability to organise and maintain large numbers of mutant lines, and to record results in a clear and organised manner. Good communication skills. Ability and willingness to work co-operatively as part of a team. Ability and willingness to learn new methods and skills, and to troubleshoot protocols. Previous experience working with Physcomitrella patens and/or high-throughput genetic screening will be considered desirable.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Moody (

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 22 November 2019.

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