Senior Platform Technician (Fixed Term)
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first
Applications are invited for a Senior Platform Technician to work with Dr
Soumpourou, Platform Manager for the Crop Science Centre. The Crop Science
Centre which opened in October 2020 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. About 60 staff and students are
located at the Centre.
The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and interactive group of
researchers and professional service staff and work with the CSC Platforms
Manager to provide genomic services to researchers at the Crop Science Centre
(CSC) and working in the international project Engineering the Nitrogen
Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA). Platform operations will include the delivery
of multi- gene DNA assemblies in Agrobacterium from synthesized modules using
Golden Gate and the genetic selection of plant lines including nucleic acid
purification from leaf material for genotyping, copy-number determination, and
The role holder will develop protocols, troubleshoot techniques and deliver
projects supporting the research teams in DNA construct assembly and plant
genotyping. The successful candidate will also work with 2 platform
technicians to support the daily operation of the platforms and contribute to
the general running of the CSC laboratory. In particular, the role holder will
be required to develop PCR , TaqMan assays, optimize construct assembly
designs, develop restriction digest profiles and undertake routine Sanger
sequencing. The role holder will also enhance the throughput and efficiency of
the platforms by implementing protocols for DNA extraction, PCR set up and
sequencing using automated liquid handling equipment. The role holder will
have the opportunity to support the research programme of individual
The successful candidate must have practical experience of molecular biology
techniques, molecular cloning, genetics, working with large number of samples
and working with plants in a lab environment. Experience in a scientific
platform service environment, preparing media stocks and sterile working
practices (bacteria or plant tissue culture) is essential. Practical
experience in performing high-throughput DNA extractions as well as preparing
AGL1 and DH5a competent cells would be advantageous. Experience in lab
management such as maintaining and servicing lab equipment and/or organizing
procurement of lab consumables would be desirable. The role holder will work
as part of a wider team of laboratory technicians and willingness to provide
assistance when demands are high, and being a strong team player is essential.
The role holder will also need good communication and interpersonal skills.
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will
be required to undergo a health assessment.
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Department of Plant Sciences
14 September 2022
28 September 2022