Senior Research Assistant/Technician (Maternity Cover FTC)

Closing Date: 15.04.2021 Reference ID: KW01/2021 Salary: See description

A maternity cover position is available to join the ongoing projects in the 2Blades group at The Sainsbury Laboratory. Using state-of-the-art techniques, you will be involved in the identification of genetic solutions to increase soybean resistance towards Asian soybean rust. You will have significant responsibility for designing, performing and troubleshooting experiments as part of the project. The main activities will involve design and optimization of purification pipelines for microbial compounds using an HPLC system, and the assessment of the purified compounds in various plant systems. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to perform comparative genomics analysis to identify novel elicitors. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable record of achievement in academia or industry, and an eagerness to work as part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international team in collaboration with industry. Experience in bioinformatic analysis and working with obligate biotrophic pathogens would be highly advantageous.

Essential requirements include:

– highly skilled in HPLC work;

– minimum BSc/MSc level, preferentially  Ph.D. in biochemistry, plant or molecular biology or  related field;

– a demonstrable record of achievement in academia or industry;

– an ability to operate as a part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, international team;

– excellent writing, interpersonal and problem-solving skills;

– a capacity for communication with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders;

– a drive to see research outcomes reach practical application

The salary will be within the UEA Technical Staff Grade 6 scale at between £26,715 – £32,817 pa gross (BSc/MSc level) or UEA Research and Analogous Staff Grade 7 scale at between £33,797 and £40,322 pa gross (Ph.D. level). The appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.

The position is available for seven months in the first instance from June 2021, with possibility for extension.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. TSL has expanded its scientific mission not only to continue providing fundamental biological insights into plant-pathogen interactions, but also to deliver novel, genomics-based solutions that will significantly reduce losses from major crop diseases, especially in developing countries.  TSL is a signatory to the Technician Commitment. For more information please visit

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria.