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Laboratory Technician in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal & Plant Sciences (School of School of Biosciences)

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £22,847 to £26,341 per annum. Grade 5
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 2nd November 2021
Job Ref: UOS030447

Contract Type: Fixed term for 21 months

Faculty: Faculty of Science

As a Laboratory Technician, you will join a BBSRC-funded collaboration “Shape shifting stomata: the role of geometry in plant cell function”. This joint project between Sheffield and the John Innes Centre, Norwich is developing a mechanistic model of how 4-celled grass stomata open and close. Following our successful creation of an insightful computational model for Arabidopsis (Carter et al. (2017) Curr. Biol., 27, 297483; Woolfenden et al. (2018) TIPS 23, 822-32) we are taking an iterative experimental/modelling approach to investigate the function of 4-celled stomata (typically found in our most important crop species). Working closely with a Research Associate also employed on this project, and a PhD student, you will help to prepare plant material and deliver the experimental data for our computational colleagues in Norwich, with the overall aim of testing the role of the special geometry, which typifies these stomata in their superior performance in regulating water use.

The research involves a combination of plant cell & molecular biology, as well as microscopy and physiology. We are seeking a technician who can contribute to research in as many of these areas as possible, but with a special emphasis on cell & molecular biology, and who can contribute to lab management associated with the project.

Applicants must have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) along with experience in plant cell and molecular biology. Knowledge and experience of good lab practice are also essential requirements. 

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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