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Research Technician

Agriculture, Health and Environment

Location:  Medway Campus
Salary:  £24,174 to £27,116 per annum
Contract Type:  Fixed Term - Until 29/12/2022
Release Date:  Tuesday 21 June 2022
Closing Date:  Tuesday 05 July 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  3259

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) (www.nri.org) is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary centre of the University of Greenwich that undertakes research, consultancy and training to support sustainable development, food security, economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. An opportunity has arisen for a molecular biology technician with a background in biological sciences who has relevant experience and vision to work with a small team of natural scientists to deliver research in molecular plant pathology, biotechnology and crop protection. 

The appointed person will contribute to an on-going research project to assist NRI in collaborations with national and international organisations. The post will focus on the development and optimisation of isothermal diagnostic assays for fungi causing storage rots of fruit crops. Once appointed, the post holder will support the research team in a wide variety of molecular and microbiological approaches. These include microbial culturing, DNA extraction, PCR, primer design and RPA (Recombinase Polymerase Amplification). The research technician will also be involved in general lab management, including maintaining lab supplies and stocks, maintaining and updating protocols, and interacting with collaborating laboratories.

The successful candidate will join the Agriculture, Health and Environment Department, which has a well-established group working on many aspects of plant protection and is particularly concerned with applying molecular biotechnological knowledge for reducing crop losses.  Where required, the Research Technician post will provide technical support to teaching activities and research projects across the department. They will facilitate effective function of the molecular laboratories at NRI whilst adhering to correct procedures, including health and safety guidelines and plant-health licenses.

This is a fixed-term position until 29/12/2022 based at NRI on the University of Greenwich’s Medway Campus. We particularly welcome applicants who are available for an immediate start.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Andrew Armitage Email: A.D.Armitage@greenwich.ac.uk 

Should you have any queries please contact the HR Recruitment Team hrsr-fes@greenwich.ac.uk

We are looking for people who can help us deliver our mission of transforming lives through inspired teaching and research, through our values.

The University welcomes people from diverse and under-represented communities who can help the university to achieve its mission. We do this through taking positive action such as encouraging applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled and LGBT+ people.  As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Time to Change Employer Pledge/Mentally Healthy Universities, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.  We encourage applicants to disclose experience of mental health problems so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Any information disclosed will be kept confidential and separate from the job application form.

We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

 

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