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Research Assistant – Next-Generation Plant Disease Diagnostics (Saunders Lab)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the laboratory of Dr Diane Saunders at the John Innes Centre, UK.

The role

The postholder will assist with the development of the MinION mobile sequencing platform for crop pathogen diagnostics using wheat yellow rust as a test case. The appointee will work closely with other members of the group to use the latest molecular techniques and sequencing technology to genotype pathogen strains in infected wheat leaf samples collected in Ethiopia. This follows on from a successful pilot project that was run earlier this year.

The appointee will specifically focus on further optimising DNA extraction methods and library preparation to prepare for the widespread deployment of the system in Ethiopia.

The ideal candidate

The appointee will require excellent skills in molecular biology and knowledge of next-generation sequencing platforms. A degree in Biological Sciences or a similar subject is essential.

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.

Click here for further information and details of how to apply, contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003589.

Interviews are expected to take place in January 2019.

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.

The closing date for applications will be 20 December 2018.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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