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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant in the group of Dr James Locke at the Sainsbury Laboratory, to assist postdoctoral researchers and PhD students in the field of plant systems biology.

The post holder will be involved in research, have a role in the lab organisation, provide continuity in technical expertise and resources and also be instrumental in the training of new or junior researchers.

Candidates must have a bachelor degree (or equivalent) in molecular cell biology or a related discipline. A master's degree in a relevant subject is desirable. An understanding of plant genetics is required, alongside laboratory experience of standard genetic techniques, e.g. cloning and RT-PCR, and experience with growing Arabidopsis. Experience with microscopy is also desirable.

The successful applicant will be a strong team player, highly solution orientated and self-motivated. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, alongside the ability to work independently and with others, with a high degree of accuracy including outstanding record keeping. Candidates must have good IT literacy, a willingness and ability to learn new methodologies and strong communication skills.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory, further information for the role and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at

The post is available immediately. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, a supporting statement and contact information of three referees.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr James Locke at

Please quote reference PT15629 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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