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Research Assistant

the John Innes Centre

Colney, NR4 7UH

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Entomology and Insectary Platform team at the John Innes Centre.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

About the Entomology and Insectary Platform Team:

The John Innes Centre’s Entomology and Insectary Platform is a unique and specialised service for supporting invertebrate-related studies. It is managed by a skilled team of entomologists with extensive experience in the husbandry of many different species of invertebrates, as well as in the design, undertaking and overseeing of a wide range of experiments. The Entomology and Insectary Platform not only support excellent research within the John Innes Centre, but also engage in national and international collaborations with academic and commercial partners.

The role:

This role involves working with the Platform’s Entomology Team to assist with the day-to-day maintenance of insect colonies for research purposes, and the essential duties associated with maintaining an entomology facility to the high standards of hygiene and strict operational procedures required for operating under a Defra licence, including assisting in horticultural tasks associated with producing insect food plants.

The ideal candidate:

You will have 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, it is desirable that the post holder will have A-levels or equivalent in Biology or a related subject, with demonstrable knowledge, and experience in keeping colonies of terrestrial invertebrates. Experience working in a research environment is not essential but will be highly appreciated, and previous experience of working in a support role and awareness of plant health and/or animal trade regulations will be considered positively.

Additional information:

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

The closing date for applications will be 23rd October, However, we may close the advert early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 17519.

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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also 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.


£20,650 - £25,025 pro-rata, per annum depending on qualifications and experience.


6 months, part time

How to apply

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 17519.