Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2028 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Research Laboratory Assistant with a background in plant molecular biology and genetics, whose primary role will be to support the research projects and contribute to the smooth running of the projects for Prof. Giles Oldroyd's research team at the Crop Science Centre within the Department of Plant Sciences. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody enthusiastic to support the ongoing research within the group, to join a team of vibrant and friendly group of researchers and technicians and work in a state-of- the-art laboratory.

The Crop Science Centre opened in October 2020 and is part of the Department of Plant Sciences. It benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems. Over 60 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between three established research groups and three fellows starting new research programs.

The laboratory research assistant will work closely with a group of other technicians under the management of the CSC Platform Manager to provide laboratory support for the research programme of the Oldroyd group. The postholder will contribute to the experimental work of students and postdocs associated with molecular biology protocols (cloning, RNA and DNA extractions, expression analysis) microscopy, histology, tissue culture, supporting the genetics platform (genotyping, sequencing analysis, plant husbandry and plant crosses) and supporting the smooth run of the CSC labs.

We are seeking to appoint an individual with strong organisational and communication skills, who take pride on their job and are team players. The successful candidate must have excellent attention to details and should have practical experience of specialised laboratory activities and excellent research background.

The role holder will work as part of a wider team of laboratory technicians and willingness to help when demands are high and being a strong team player is essential. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

The Crop Science Centre offer a positive and inclusive working environment with a generous annual leave entitlement and free parking on site.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Eleni Soumpourou(

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 PD40428 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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