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The Crop Science Centre is seeking to recruit a Laboratory Technician. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody passionate about supporting scientific research to join a new team of vibrant and friendly group of researchers and technicians and work in a state-of-the-art laboratory.

About the role

The Crop Science Centre opened in October 2020 and is part of the Department of Plant Sciences. It benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems. Over 80 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between six research groups.

The role holder will report to the Research Service Manager. The successful candidate will work alongside the Lab Manager Assistant to ensure the smooth running of CSC labs including procurement of lab consumables and equipment, and correct use and maintenance of research equipment. The role holder will also assist with Health and Safety at CSC, including updating risk assessments and standard operating procedures. The role holder will provide assistance in support of research activity, like maintaining stocks of competent cells or running a N. benthamiana transient transformation service.

Who you are

The ideal candidate should have prior experience in working in a research laboratory and understanding of laboratory technician work. Experience with media preparation or horticultural practices will be advantageous. The role holder will work as part of a wider dynamic and friendly Professional Services technical team and willingness to help when demands are high, and being a strong team player is essential. Good communication, attention to details and interpersonal skills are essential.

CSC is committed to technician development, supporting the Technician Commitment initiative to ensure recognition, visibility, career development and sustainability of the Professional Services-technical group.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 21 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.