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Research Technician

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Technician to join the Hutchings Group at the John Innes Centre.

About the John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

About the Hutchings Group

The Hutchings group works on the specialised metabolites made by Streptomyces species and closely related actinomycete bacteria, which include more than half of all known antibiotics.

They are particularly interested in the chemical ecology of these bacteria and their natural products. For example, antibiotic-producing actinomycete bacteria interact with insects and plants and protect them against infection by pathogenic bacteria and fungi in return for food and housing. This is called a defensive mutualism (mutually beneficial symbiosis).

Understanding these interactions will help find new and useful natural products, including new antibiotics, and will also help protect important crop plants against disease.

The role

We seek a highly motivated individual to work on a three year BBSRC-funded research project entitled: Streptomyces bacteria: Antibiotic production in the wheat endosphere.

Your duties will be to support two postdocs working on this project and will include RNA and DNA extractions for sequencing, plant growth and root colonisation assays and basic molecular microbiology techniques.

The ideal candidate

You will have three A levels one of which must be biology. A degree in Biological Sciences is desirable. You will have experience working in a laboratory environment. Previous experience of working with wheat is also desirable.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 27 October 2020.

Please 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 1003945.

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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