Research Technician/Assistant with MycoNourish

 

 

Location: Dundee
£20,000 - £25,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Full Time, Permanent (with 12 months probation)
Start date: August 2019
Closing date: 1 August 2019, 12 noon

This is an exciting opportunity to join an award-winning startup at a crucial stage of growth. There is tremendous potential to grow with the role and company as MycoNourish develop and deliver a reliable, sustainable means of improving agriculture processes.

- The AAI Team

About the Company

“MycoNourish is an exciting new biotechnology company based at The James Hutton Institute in Dundee. Our work focuses on providing sustainable solutions to improve crop production, and we are looking to recruit a Research Assistant/Technician to work with our lead scientist on product development, crop trials, and quality control.

The company has enjoyed tremendous growth recently, complemented by a significant win at Scottish EDGE Round 14 awards in June 2019.

We offer a flexible working policy, and our core values for employees are: Inclusiveness, openness, and providing a supportive work environment, with a focus on quality work.”

Find out more about MycoNourish HERE.

The Role

As a Research Assistant, your duties will be varied, and you'll be involved in a variety of laboratory and field-based tasks, including sampling, recording and analysing results, whilst working closely with the R&D Scientist.

Your job is to provide technical support to enable our research and product development to function effectively, while adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.

Your attention to detail will ensure that work is consistent to a high standard, and your interpersonal skills will make you an important member of a growing team.

Your main tasks will include:

Glasshouse
• Conducting and supporting experiments and recording data accurately
• Monitoring and measuring plant growth and health
• Harvesting experiments
• Collecting and analysing plant root samples for Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) colonisation

Lab
• Following protocols, handling chemicals, and preparation of solutions
• Maintaining, calibrating, and cleaning equipment
• Micropropagation of plant cultures using aseptic in-vitro techniques
• Producing growth media and pouring plates
• Microbiology
• Microscopy
• Adhering to strict health and safety rules and procedures


Requirements

MycoNourish is looking for a diligent and proactive graduate with a relevant degree/Masters/PhD in Life Sciences (Biology, Ecology, Plant Science, Botany, Microbiology) or Environmental Science/Physical Geography.

Their ideal person is independent, a fast learner with excellent attention to detail. You’ll also be professional with customers, be able to demonstrate strong communication and teamworking skills. You’ll be confident, reliable and forward-thinking, with a positive attitude to work.

Essential:
• A robust understanding of good research practices and techniques
• Knowledge and experience of working in a lab environment
• Prior experience of experiments monitoring plant growth
• A robust understanding of plant growth and biology
• A strong understanding of statistics
• Confident use of laboratory equipment
• Microscopy skills
• Good lab practice
• Ability to always adhere to health and safety procedures
• Planning and organisational skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Prioritisation and decision-making skills
• Manual dexterity for handling fine equipment

Desirable:
• Previous experience in researching crop production
• Knowledge of the biology of AMF and prior experience working with them
• Root staining for the assessment of AMF colonisation
• Prior experience of aseptic techniques, tissue culture, etc.
• Proficiency in R (programming language)
• Experience in crop research
• Experience in microbiology

This is an exciting opportunity to join an award-winning startup at a crucial stage of growth. There is tremendous potential to grow with the role and company as MycoNourish develop and deliver a reliable, sustainable means of improving agriculture processes.

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact team@adoptanintern.org.uk. Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity.


Application

Closing date for applications is 1 August 2019, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.

 

 

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