Technician position: help tackle economically important diseases of corn

Reference ID: KW01/2019 Salary: £19,202 - £21,414

A position is available to join ongoing projects in the 2Blades group in the team of Kamil Witek at The Sainsbury Laboratory. Using state-of-the-art techniques, you will be involved in the identification of novel resistance genes effective against major diseases of corn. This project is conducted in collaboration with industry. The successful candidate will support researchers in the project team. Key responsibilities will include media and stock solutions preparation, plasmid DNA preparation, maintaining laboratory consumables and managing plant growth and preparation.

We seek an individual with talent and ability in laboratory work who has an eagerness to work as part of a collaborative, multi-functional and international team. The successful candidate has an interest in plants and a desire to see research outcomes reach practical application. The successful candidate has excellent interpersonal skills and a talent for organization. A BSc in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or biotechnology is required. In addition, experience in high-throughput assays, electronic notebook documentation, plant biology or general molecular biological techniques would be highly advantageous.

The salary will be within Grade 4 Technical Staff scale between £19,202 and £21,414; however, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.

The position is available for two years in the first instance from March 1st 2019.

The position is open until filled, but we will begin selecting applicants for interview from February 1st 2019.

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 page addressing the selection criteria. Applications may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively, please send applications, quoting the reference KW-1/2019, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.