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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

We invite applications for a laboratory technician to join the Plant-Parasite Interactions group at the University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences. The group, run by Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, is proudly international, diverse, and welcoming. The successful applicant will work in the brand new and vibrant Crop Science Centre: a flagship initiative designed to accelerate the transition to sustainable agriculture. Funding is available for three years with a flexible start date, and possible extension thereafter.

Global food security is one of the defining challenges of our generation. The overarching theme of the group is to understand fundamental questions in host:parasite biology in sufficient detail to identify sustainable routes to their control. We primarily focus on plant-parasitic nematodes because: i) they are an understudied threat to food security in developed and developing countries, and ii) underlying this threat is a wealth of fascinating biology that until very recently has been largely unexplorable.

To achieve this aim the group is in need of additional technical support to ensure the smooth running of research activities. The successful applicant will therefore work closely with other members of the team, including other support staff, to help deliver a variety of research projects. The successful applicant will be involved in a variety of tasks, including the maintenance of the underpinning biological resources (i.e. plants and their parasitic nematodes), infections trials, and general wet-lab/molecular biology approaches.

We strongly believe that technical support is critical for the success of research and we are committed to support recognition and development of the technical staff. We are seeking to appoint an individual with strong organisational and communication skills, who takes pride in their job and the success of the team as a whole. The successful candidate must have experience of sterile culture techniques, excellent attention to details, and should have practical experience of laboratory activities and equipment as well as knowledge of laboratory processes.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please quote reference PD35010 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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