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Research Assistant

John Innes Centre, Norwich

Location: Norwich
Salary: £32,578 to £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: 1004119

Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Østergaard Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of grain legumes.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

About the Østergaard Group:

We are in the process of establishing a highly ambitious research programme in grain legumes. Legumes are a crucially important source of protein-rich and high-nutrition food. Their production also reduces environmental impact with lower emissions of greenhouse gasses and reduced use of nitrogen fertiliser. Legume crops will therefore play an increasingly important role in future cropping systems.

Our efforts in pea developmental genetics are strengthened by access to a wealth of genomic and genetic resources recently and specifically developed for pea research.

The role:

Working as part of a team led by Prof Lars Østergaard, you will be part of setting up innovative techniques and supporting projects in this area.

This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:

  • Enhancing the output of a research group by executing and refining existing experimental protocols and/or administrative procedures
  • Assisting in the preparation of research proposals and manuscripts
  • Direct involvement with the legume programme
  • Duties related to the running and organisation of the lab and mentoring/supervisory role for less experienced lab members.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in genetics and genomics in legumes. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate:

You will have a BSc or equivalent in Biological Sciences. A PhD or equivalent in Plant Biology is also desirable. You will play an important role in coordinating interactions with both internal and external collaborators and therefore need to have excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate must also have particular expertise in general molecular biology techniques, genetics and general bioinformatics.

Additional information:

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1004119.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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