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Research Assistant (Penfield Lab)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the Laboratory of Professor Steven Penfield.


The Penfield group works to understand how weather and climate affect plant reproductive development and seed quality.

The role

The post holder will work on a project assessing oilseed rape responses to temperature. They will assist research staff in the threshing of oilseed rape plants, and in measuring basic crop traits that are affected by temperature and climate fluctuations. The data collected will be used for uncovering genes important in adapting oilseed rape to changing temperatures.

The ideal candidate

No previous experience is required, but candidates are expected to have a scientific background and an A Level in Biological Sciences. A BSc in a science related subject is desirable. Candidates should have a basic understanding of plant biology and data management skills, as well as skills in Microsoft Excel.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 3 months, ideally starting from 1 June 2019.

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 14539. Learn more about working at the John Innes Centre here.

Informal enquiries are welcome by email to Professor Steven Penfield.

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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