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Harvesting and Processing Assistant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Harvesting and Processing Assistant to join the Germplasm Resources Unit regeneration programme at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Crop Genetics.

The Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) is an internationally recognised repository for the long-term curation and provision of UK strategic crop and crop-wild-relative germplasm resources.

The GRU host some of the most comprehensive wheat, barley, oat and pea collections in the world, which form part of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

To support key BBSRC strategic objectives relating to food security through sustainable crop production, the Germplasm Resource Unit is actively engaged in a collaborative effort to bridge the gap between the plant science and plant breeding communities.

The role

Working as part of a team led by Dr Noam Chayut you will assist the GRU in the accurate harvesting and processing of regeneration plants and seed stocks.

The role will require working in glasshouses, polytunnels and processing rooms. Accurate work with clear labelling is essential. You will also support world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

Work demands and the hours of work available will depend on plant growth and harvesting times.  As such, this role will suit candidates who enjoy variable working hours and have a flexible approach.

The ideal candidate

You will have five GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent. You will have a keen interest in plant science as well as excellent time keeping and organisational skills.

Additional information

Note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference C1CAS-16343.

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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