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Herbarium Genomics Research Assistant

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,922 Starting salary (Band D) pro rata
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th November 2020
Closes: 11th December 2020

22 month fixed term appointment, full time, based in Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are looking for a Herbarium Genomics Research Assistant to join our Science division on a 22 month fixed term contract.   

You will be responsible for the development and assessment of robust DNA extraction and target capture sequencing protocols from Herbarium specimens, to advance and promote the field of Herbarium-omics in RBGEs core research and the wider scientific community.

Specifically you will 1) undertake literature research on Plant DNA extraction and target capture from degraded specimens,  familiarisation with main methods to enable understanding and communication of protocols to the general natural history collections community and actively engage with partner institutes to build a ‘sequencing preserved collections’ literature resource and discussion group, 2) test the potential of different methods of DNA extraction on multiple taxa from herbarium specimens (including tissue sampling, extraction procedures for ancient DNA) and test and develop robust and routine methods of data generation and analysis for sequencing herbarium specimens via target capture.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD level qualification in biodiversity/plant science or have equivalent relevant work experience. You will have experience of genomic lab work, lab protocol development, practical experience of working with ancient/recalcitrant samples for DNA extractions, and experience of biodiversity genetics/genomic analyses.

Full details of the post, including a job description and person specification can be downloaded from our website. https://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/working-with-us/vacancies/

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter which outlines your suitability for this post as well as a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by midday on Friday, 11 December 2020. Interviews are likely to take place mid-December 2020.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is committed to providing a fair and equitable working environment and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to these posts.  We have a range of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity, including flexible working for staff with, for example, parenting and carer responsibilities, and proactive celebration of diversity among our staff, students and volunteers. RBGE holds an Athena SWAN Research Institute Bronze Award in acknowledgement of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.

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