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Research Assistant (Banfield Lab)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the Laboratory of Professor Mark Banfield.

The successful applicant will work closely with the Professor Jonathan Jones Group at The Sainsbury Laboratory.

The role

Against the backdrop of a growing population and climate change, food (in)security is of global concern. Crop losses to disease could be reduced by enhancing the plant innate immune system. We are seeking to recruit an exceptional individual to produce proteins of interest in plant immunity for structural analysis.

Plant immunity is triggered upon pathogen detection by  Nucleotide-binding Leucine-rich Repeat (NLRs) immune receptors, modular proteins that monitor for signatures of pathogen attack. We aim to understand how NLRs detect pathogens and initiate immunity-related signalling. Defining NLR mechanisms at the molecular level requires production and purification of these proteins for further study.

The post-holder will work closely with, and be directly supervised by, a postdoctoral researcher in the Banfield Laboratory. The Lab operates a supportive environment that values teamwork but also independence and career development. The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop their technical and transferable skills during the duration of the appointment through coaching and mentoring. Training in all the required techniques will be available.

The ideal candidate

The John Innes Centre is a world-class research institute and is looking to appoint an excellent candidate who has, or expects to soon receive, a BSc or MSc in the areas of biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular plant pathology, or related subject.

Candidates should possess keen enthusiasm for scientific research, and excellent interpersonal skills. Basic knowledge of proteins and their properties is essential, as is knowledge of biochemical and biophysical techniques. Good understanding of health and safety in a laboratory setting is also an important requirement.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £24,300 to £29,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a fulltime post for a period of 12 months.

Interviews will be held on 19 June 2019.

Note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 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 1003700.

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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