Research Technician position in molecular genetics of plant disease

Reference ID: NT01/2018 Salary: £22,017 - £25,482

A position is available as a Research Technician to support the work of Professor Nicholas J. Talbot FRS. The successful applicant will work on an interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding the molecular basis of fungal pathogenesis in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. The technician will support a wide range of research activities, including the cultivation and manipulation of filamentous fungal pathogens, molecular cloning, fungal transformation, gene identification and characterisation, as well as laser confocal imaging and cell biology procedures. The successful applicant will have experience in a wide range of microbiology, molecular biology procedures and cell biology, and be able to demonstrate that they can support independent research scientists accurately and professionally. The successful applicant will also be able to present information on research progress and outcomes both orally and in written reports.

 Key responsibilities

  1. Supporting research projects using a range of microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology procedures.
  2. Overseeing the culture and maintenance of fungal and plant stocks of the laboratory, including accurate record-keeping and database input.
  3. Carrying out a wide range of procedures in plant sciences, molecular plant pathology, and molecular genetics, as directed by postdoctoral researchers and senior research staff.
  4. Supporting research students and training them in specific microbiological, cell biology and molecular biology techniques.

Salary will be within the technical staff Grade 5 Technical staff scale between £22,017 and £25,482; however, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.

This position is available on a full-time basis immediately for a period of two years in the first instance from 21 October 2018.

The position is open until filled, but we will begin selecting applicants for interview from 5 October 2018.

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a cover letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria. Applications may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively applications may be sent, quoting the reference NT01/2018, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.