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Entomology Facility Manager

Applications are invited for an Entomology Facility Manager to join the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

The Entomology Facility

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.

The Entomology Facility provides a unique and specialised service for undertaking and supporting invertebrate-related studies.

Our skilled and experienced team of entomologists maintain, design, undertake and oversee studies using many different species of invertebrates, including non-native exotic species (held under DEFRA licence), and native plant pest species, within a purpose-built quarantined insectary. Find out more about the Entomology team here.

The role

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to lead and manage the operation of the John Innes Centre Entomology Facility. This will include supporting research on invertebrates and plant/pathogen interactions, as well as developing the facility and its work to ensure future successes.

This diverse role will provide the successful candidate with a broad range of exciting opportunities, including:

  • Collaborating with scientists involved in a diverse range of invertebrate-related research;
  • Developing independent research projects in collaboration with (inter)national industry, charities and research scientists at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park and externally, including industry;
  • Promoting the John Innes Centre’s entomological activities through public engagement and local/national media opportunities;
  • Developing the future direction of the Entomology Facility and helping obtain funding to enhance research opportunities.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should possess a PhD, or equivalent research experience, in Biological Sciences or similar discipline. Previous experience with handling and rearing (invertebrate) organisms, and planning experiments with them, preferably (but not necessarily) in combination with plants/crops, is essential. We are seeking candidates who have knowledge in genetics approaches, handled (invertebrate) genome sequence data and have a solid understanding of what knowledge may be gained from analysing these data.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including in scientific writing) and interpersonal skills are essential, as is with the ability to supervise staff and students. The successful candidate will have entrepreneurial skills or be keen to develop these skills and shows an interest in outreach activities, for example engaging with school children, the general public, journalists and social media.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,990 to £48,775 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a fulltime post on a permanent basis.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003770.

Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

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. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

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