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Job ID
Posting Date
Job type
Full time
Career level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
A level / higher or equivalent
24,983.00 - 29,799.00  per year
Hours of Work
Fixed term contract
Job reference code


Research Technician - mechanistic aspects of chloroplast development in plants

Job description

We are looking for a full-time Research Technician funded by the BBSRC for up to three years, working under the direction of Professor Paul Jarvis on mechanistic aspects of chloroplast development in plants.


Responsibilities/duties include:Undertake research work involving various molecular biology techniques and the genetic and physiological analysis of plants, particularly Arabidopsis thaliana. Provide technical support and assistance in relation to the experimental research activities of postdocs and students. Responsibility for the maintenance and organisation of laboratory stocks, as well as the corresponding databases. Monitor levels of laboratory chemicals and equipment. Prepare and maintain of stock solutions. Oversee the growth and maintenance of plants within controlled environments. Maintain accurate records of research work, document experimental data, assisting in the interpretation and presentation of results using appropriate software. Maintain good laboratory practice. Participate in the laboratory’s group meetings. Carry out routine biological practices, e.g. sterilisation, autoclaving/washing glassware and apparatus, media preparation, re-stocking, etc.


The post-holder should have: Experience of: molecular biology techniques, working in a biological research laboratory, managing laboratory stocks and supplies. Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team and to learn new methods and skills. Experience in accurate data record keeping and analysis, including use of computers and graphics software. Willingness to carry out routine biological practices. Good communication skills. Appropriate higher education qualification in a relevant subject. Experience of plant husbandry. Experience of working with Arabidopsis thaliana or other model organisms.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 8th December 2017.


Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Jarvis at


Excellent benefits include 38 days’ leave. A full-time position, 36.5 hours per week.

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