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Research Technician - Molecular Biology

London, Central London NW1 4RY   •  £35,329 p.a (inclusive of London Weighting)  •  Contract/Temporary, Full time

Position: Technician (Full-Time / 2 Years Fixed-Term Contract)
£35,329 p.a (inclusive of London Weighting)
Location: ZSL Institute of Zoology

About Us:

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.

Job Overview/Purpose:

ZSL is looking for a Technician to deliver the objectives of the NERC grant ‘Understanding links between microbial communities and emerging fungal pathogens in complex ecosystems’ awarded to TWJ Garner and MC Fisher (Imperial College). The post-holder will contribute to operational research into all of the three areas outlined:

  1. Organising the collection of chytrid isolates, their sequencing, passaging chytrid isolates and ensuring that they are cryopreserved
  2. Contribute to the daily management of non-model amphibian species used for animal experiments
  3. Characterising microbial associations in diverse field-settings and experiments, and quantitative PCR for chytrids: The post holder will provide the technical support to sequence microbiome and mycobiomes
  4. Link chytrid virulence to microbial dynamics using in vitro and in vivo experimental manipulations:

Using in vivo and in vitro methods, the technician will manipulate the environmental microbial communities that assemble on amphibian hosts and that diverge on the basis of taxonomic diversity. The post-holder will work with the project PDRA and members of the research group in using experimental approaches to dissect ecological causality in infection, and to investigate promycotic approaches to mitigating the impact of infection by Bd.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To work with collaborators worldwide to sample and characterise the microbial communities of amphibians.
  • To provide appropriate DNA for resequencing, analysis of PacBio long-read data, and analysis of RNAseq.
  • To profile bacterial and fungal communities using amplicon and shotgun sequencing.
  • To undertake suitable wet-lab experiments as necessary.
  • To work with animals, including regular husbandry and welfare checks.
  • To work in collaboration with researchers at ZSL, Imperial College and with UK and international collaborators.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.
  • To learn new skills and contribute to other projects.
  • To undertake fieldwork as appropriate.

Person Specification:

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • Proven relevant experience in amplicon, PacBio long-read and shotgun sequencing, also RNAseq.
  • An understanding and willingness to undertake Home Office licensed procedures.
  • Previous experience in animal work, preferrably with amphibians.
  • Have strong communication and organisation skills, with the ability to engage a range of stakeholders.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and coordinate work across the two partner institutions (ZSL and Imperial College).

Please note: The position is based at the Institute of Zoology and will be directly supervised by Dr. Trent Garner (IoZ) on a day-to-day basis in London.

Benefit Package:

This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more.

To Apply:

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 22nd September 2019.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Trent Garner on: trent.garner@ioz.ac.uk

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.


Related skills: Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Cell & Molecular Biology, Life Science, Microbiology

  • Employer: Zoological Society of London
  • Updated: 17th September 2019
  • Expires: 22nd September 2019

Zoological Society of London

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