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Trainee Assistant Entomologist

The John Innes Centre has an exciting opportunity for a Trainee Assistant Entomologist to join our Entomology and Insectary team in our Cell and Developmental Biology department.


The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.

The John Innes Centre’s Entomology and insectary facility provides a unique and specialised service for undertaking and supporting invertebrate-related studies.

Our skilled and experienced team of entomologists are on hand to maintain, design, undertake and oversee studies using many different species of invertebrates, including non-native exotic species (held under DEFRA licence), and native plant pest species, within a purpose-built quarantined insectary.

The role

This role involves working with the facility’s resident entomologists to learn and undertake basic day to day tasks associated with maintaining insect colonies for research purposes. This will also include learning and undertaking basic horticultural tasks associated with producing insect food plants.

The post holder will also learn 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, and also assist in undertaking bioassay work for supporting insect related science projects.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable skills acquired as an amateur entomologist and be looking to further their career in this field.

Candidates should ideally possess A Level Biology, or equivalent, and a good understanding and keen interest in entomology. A scientific degree would be advantageous, as would previous experience of conducting horticultural tasks. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum pro rata depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is 20 hours per week for a period of 9 months.

Interviews will be held on 19 June 2019.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003709. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

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 13 June 2019.

 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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