University of Dundee

Plant Molecular Biology Technician

Plant Sciences
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Friday, January 28, 2022
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The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 40 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

We seek an excellent molecular biologist to join the laboratory of Dr. Sarah McKim (Division of Plant Sciences) as a Molecular Biology Technician to support a project on cereal grain development.

The post holder will work with a multi-disciplinary team to explore the role of different tissues during grain development in barley. This project involves research collaborations with a team of barley geneticists at the James Hutton Institute.

Candidate Requirements:

A BSc or MSc in molecular biology or molecular genetics and experience in an academic lab setting.

Expertise in plant genetics and working with large populations, preferably in crops.

Experience in molecular cloning, histology and microscopy.

Ability to work effectively and independently across interdisciplinary teams.

Excellent communication, time management and organisational skills.

This full-time position is available for 1 year in the first instance, with the possibility of a further extension. The appointment will be made on the University’s Grade 5 or 6 Salary scale dependent on experience.

Appointment at Grade 5 will involve a role carrying out genotype screening and tissue sampling of large barley populations, performing genetic crosses and detailed histological analyses on developing grain. You will also optimise and support protoplast tissue preparations and environmental treatments. You will be expected to contribute to lab management and support other lab members. Appointment at Grade 6 will involve duties as described for Grade 5 with additional advanced molecular cloning and validation activities, and well as designing and carrying out in situ hybridisation experiments.

Additional Information:

The McKim lab is a dynamic, productive and supportive research group located at the James Hutton Institute (JHI), a global leader in cereal genetics and genomics, and part of the International Barley Hub, a £62 million investment in cereal research. We warmly welcome lab members from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class institution with a reputation excellent research with strong wider impact. With 900 staff from over 40 countries worldwide, the School provides a dynamic, collegiate and diverse community with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities. Dundee is an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology.

For further information about this position please contact Dr Sarah McKim at

As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

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