Job description

Requirements

  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Norwich

Description

Main Purpose of the Job

To give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences


Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage

To carry out laboratory and/or computational research under the supervision of a project leader

90

To write a brief report about your experiences at the end of the placement

10

As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement

Importance

Expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree

Essential

In the middle year(s) of your first degree studies

Essential

Registered for a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary degree at a UK university

Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement

Importance

The enthusiasm to carry out scientific research in the biosciences

Essential

Relevant Experience

Requirement

Importance

Some experience of laboratory or computational work

Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement

Importance

Good communication skills, both written and verbal

Essential

Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team

Essential

Ability to learn new skills quickly

Desirable

Ability to take the initiative

Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement

Importance

Promotes equality and values diversity

Essential

Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute

Essential

Attention to detail

Essential

A wish to use the placement to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research

Desirable

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.


Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.


For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.


We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.


The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Department

Crop Genetics


The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.


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A Research Assistant (Research Experience Placement) position is available at the John Innes Centre during the summer of 2019, supported by the BBSRC Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership.


The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. The Placement is designed to: give a promising undergraduate a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences; raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students; and interest students in postgraduate research in strategically important areas for BBSRC.


To be eligible to apply you will need to be registered at a UK University and be expected to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree in a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary subject.


This is one of two project options that we are offering on wheat-focussed food security. Please click here for further information on this project


These projects are designed for middle-year undergraduates to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research. Applications for projects in an area of science different from the applicant’s main subject area are encouraged. Applications should include a CV detailing educational history, grades thus far, and any additional scientific/research/academic achievements, etc. In addition, please provide a personal statement specifying which project(s) you are applying to and why, with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the placement. Please also include the contact details of at least one academic referee.


This placement is for eight weeks during the summer vacation of 2019. Each placement-holder will be paid the National Living Wage. The student and the awarding department are required to submit a brief report on the outcome of the placement to BBSRC on completion of the placement.


Please note this placement does not meet the requirements for Visa sponsorship and will exceed the permitted work for anyone already on a Tier 4 visa.


We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.


The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.