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[Apply by 13 May 2019] Laboratory Research Technician in Prof. Jim Haseloff/OpenPlant Laboratory at the Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University

Applications are invited for the position of Laboratory Research Technician in the research group of Prof. Jim Haseloff at the OpenPlant Laboratory at the Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University. The group focuses on the development of technologies to establish Marchantia polymorpha as the model plant in Synthetic Biology, and protocols for working with this plant, such as transformation, production of spores and CRISPR mutagenesis, are well established.

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The position is available to start immediately, either full-time or part-time, to support tissue culture workflows in a high throughput environment. The work involves plant transformation, screening, maintenance and cryopreservation of lines. You will be responsible for Marchantia transformation and tissue culture workflows in a high throughput environment and assist in the maintenance of the lab and general housekeeping duties.

The appointee will be under the direction of the Head of the Laboratory and the management of the Research Manager, Dr. Susana Sauret-Gueto, and will work in Marchantia research projects coordinated by her, as part of a team involving another Laboratory Research Technician. The post-holder will be trained on Marchantia tissue culture.

It is essential you are educated to at least A level (or equivalent) in a biological subject, have previous lab experience, from either work experience in a high level research environment or a period of undergraduate training, and previous experience in sterile (plant) tissue culture. You should have ability to perform practical tasks to a consistently high standard and follow verbal and written protocols and instructions. Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, good documentation skills, numeracy and accurate record keeping, good communication skills in English to enable explanation of technical issues and processes and ability to work as part of a team are essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements. Part time hours may allow for a longer contract limited to 29 Feb 2020.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Prof. Jim Haseloff ( or Dr. Susana Sauret-Gueto ( More information can be found here

If you do not receive a response from us one month after the closing date you should consider that your application has not been successful this time.

Please quote reference PD18846 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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