Job details: NIAB strives to deliver the crop science solutions required for highly productive, sustainable agriculture and horticulture. NIAB is focused on delivering the solutions required for sustainable, resilient, low emissions agriculture, leveraging its unique position in the UK research landscape and its broad skills in farming systems and systems-level approaches to problem solving.

We are seeking an innovative, motivated, and enthusiastic individual to provide molecular biology and microbiology support to a number of BBSRC and Innovate UK funded projects in our busy Plant Pathology team based at our headquarters in Cambridge.

You will be responsible for testing fungicide resistance levels and analysing associated genetic changes in the fungal wheat pathogens using NGS technologies; running molecular marker analyses in rice and wheat; extraction of RNA and DNA; PCR; media and buffer preparation for routine molecular biological work; routine maintenance of pathogen isolates; development of constructs for transformation; raising and care of plants for bioassays; curation of cereal genotypes, including access and importing genotypes from genebanks and other research groups; and assisting with other tasks as and when required.

The ideal candidate should have a degree in Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology or related discipline and have skills and experience in molecular biology and microbiology techniques, cloning, KASP marker analysis, and working with plants and pathogens of plants. Excellent communication and organisational skills are required, alongside the ability to work both independently and effectively withing a team.

Starting salary in the range of £25,265 up to £32,000 per annum, depending on skills, experience and qualifications. The HR Office, NIAB, 93 Lawrence Weaver Rd, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel No. 01223 342282, Email: For an informal enquiry about this vacancy please contact Dr Kostya Kanyuka (


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Location: Cambridgeshire
Closing date: 24 Aug 2022
Reference number: SV/A1333

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