Research Assistant (Plant Transformation) (Carella Group)

We’re looking for a Research Assistant (Plant Transformation) to join the Phil Carella Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Evolutionary Plant-Microbe Interactions.

The Carella group are establishing a curious, enthusiastic, and innovative team that will explore the diversity of defence responses that evolved to protect land plants from pathogen infection. Using comparative macroevolutionary and molecular genetic approaches, our group explores widely-conserved and lineage-specific aspects of plant defence that will inform future efforts to protect plants from harmful pathogens.

The role

Working as part of a team led by Phil Carella, you will establish and optimize protocols for stable and transient transformation in divergent model plants. The candidate will lead and assist with experiments while providing horticulture and plant/microbial transformation support

This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:

  • Tissue culture of non-seed land plants including bryophytes and ferns
  • Gene-editing and transformation in distantly-related plant species
  • Analysis of immune gene function in distantly-related plants

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in plant transformation and molecular biology (e.g. constructing plant transformation vectors, optimizing transformation protocols, confocal microscopy, and more). You will also work alongside and support world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate

You will have at least a BSc in Molecular Biology or a related field. You will have knowledge of plant and microbial science and demonstrable experience in the cultivation of plants and standard practices in microbiology and/or molecular biology research.

Additional information

This role does not meet the full salary requirements set by UKVI to allow for visa sponsorship.  However, some individuals may still be eligible for visa sponsorship depending on their personal circumstances.  If you require visa sponsorship, please click here to find out if you qualify before applying. Please note, the occupation code for this role is 2112, which is on the shortage occupation list.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004173.

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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