We are looking for an enthusiastic research assistant/technician to join our team!

Research Assistant/Technician (Maternity Cover FTC)

A maternity cover position is available to join the ongoing projects in the 2Blades group at The Sainsbury Laboratory. Using state-of-the-art techniques, you will be involved in the identification of genetic solutions to increase soybean resistance towards Asian soybean rust. You will have significant responsibility for planning, performing and troubleshooting experiments as part of the project.

The main activities will involve assisting in day-to-day running of the lab, including biochemical assays, work with plants, bacteria and fungi, and execution of standard molecular biology techniques. Experience in HPLC, FPLC or protein purification and working with obligate biotrophic pathogens would be highly advantageous. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable record of experience in academia or industry, and an eagerness to work as part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international team in collaboration with industry.

Essential requirements include:

– BSc or MSc in biochemistry, plant or molecular biology or related field;

– an ability to operate as a part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, international team;

– excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills;

– a capacity for communication with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders.

The salary will be within the UEA Technical Staff Grade 4 or 5 scale at between £19,612- £27,511 pa gross. However, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.

The position is available for six months in the first instance from June 2021, with possibility for extension. Part-time working could be considered, but preference will be given for full-time.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. TSL has expanded its scientific mission not only to continue providing fundamental biological insights into plant-pathogen interactions, but also to deliver novel, genomics-based solutions that will significantly reduce losses from major crop diseases, especially in developing countries. TSL is a signatory to the Technician Commitment. For more information please visit

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria.

The deadline for applications is 21st May 2021.

Apply here.