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Research Assistant (Entomology)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Entomology and Insectary team.

This role involves working with the Platform’s Entomology Team to design, undertake, and support a range of assays working closely with academic and commercial partners.

You will also assist with the day to day maintenance of insect colonies for research purposes, and the basic duties associated with maintaining an entomology facility to the high standards of hygiene and strict operational procedures required for operating under a Defra licence, including assisting in horticultural tasks associated with producing insect food plants.

The John Innes Centre’s Entomology and Insectary Platform is a unique and specialised service for supporting invertebrate-related studies.

It is managed by a skilled team of entomologists with extensive experience in the husbandry of many different species of invertebrates, as well as in the design, undertaking and overseeing of a wide range of experiments.

The Entomology and Insectary Platform not only support excellent research within the John Innes Centre, but also engage in national and international collaborations with academic and commercial partners.

The ideal candidate

You will have a degree in Biology or a similar subject.

You will have a keen interest in entomology, and demonstrable experience either working with live invertebrates or in a molecular biology laboratory.

Knowledge of insect husbandry, experimental design with live invertebrates and molecular biology protocols is highly desirable.

You will have a strong interest in pursuing a research career in entomology supporting research projects with both academic and commercial partners.

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 1004038.

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.

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