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Research Assistant (Dean Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Professor Dame Caroline Dean Group.

The successful candidate will work with limited supervision in a small team of post-docs to undertake plant transformation, identification of defined transgenic lines, crossing lines together, Q-RT-PCR analysis of FLC silencing in those lines and microscopy studying GFP puncta in nuclei.

The whole team studies the mechanism of epigenetic switching at the Arabidopsis locus FLC. This locus provides an excellent system to study fundamental chromatin pathways linking histone modifications, non-coding RNA and transcriptional dynamics.

The overall aim in the Dean Group is to understand what quantitatively regulates FLC expression in the warm, and how it is switched to an epigenetically silent state in the cold.

The ideal candidate

You will have a BSc or equivalent in a scientific discipline.

You will have in-depth knowledge of plant transformation, transgenic plant analysis and confocal microscopy and demonstrated ability to undertake excellent lab research.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 10040356.

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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