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Research Assistant (Brassica Project)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join a large Brassica project at the John Innes Centre, UK.

The role

The BBSRC Brassica Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO) project brings together UK plant scientists and industries representing horticultural and oilseed Brassica crops to increase robustness in crop performance, combating environmental change.

The successful applicant will assist in many aspects of the BRAVO project. Their duties will be varied and will include the following:

  • Phenotyping of ongoing Brassica projects
  • Plant husbandry, including threshing and pod shatter analysis.
  • Molecular genetic analyses, including screening of transgenics and RNA extraction for next generation sequencing.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should have a BSc in a relevant biological science and experience of plant husbandry, including handling large plant populations for seed production. Experience of handling transgenic material is desirable. Experience of phenotyping brassica yield components and knowledge of pod shatter resistance is essential. Candidates should have proven molecular biology skills including extensive experience of RNA extraction and qPCR in Brassica.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £20,120 to £24,543 per annum (£24,815 – £30,270 FTE) depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a part time post of 30 hours per week for a period of 3 months.

Interviews will be held on 22nd July 2019.

Please 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 1003733.

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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