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Plant Genome Engineer

Hertfordshire   •  £40000 - £55000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time

A sustainable agricultural start-up has an exciting opportunity for a Plant Genome Engineer to join its growing team. You will work on the company's labs crop development pipeline with focus on alternative protein crops. To be considered you must have a PhD in Plant biology, or a similar subject, and have proven experience in CRISPR genome editing in plants (non-model crops).

Role Responsibilities:

  • Lead the alt-protein crop improvement program
  • Design and validate in vitro and in vivo CRISPR-experiments for legumes
  • Work with legume plant tissue culture including protoplast regeneration
  • Use footprint-free genome editing to develop new crop varieties
  • Phenotype and validate new genome edited traits in crops


  • PhD in Plant Biology or a related subject
  • Experience with CRISPR genome editing in plants (non-model crops)
  • Strong record of molecular biology-based problem solving & application driven research
  • Ability to develop new protocols including tissue culture protocols
  • Experience working in a sterile environment.
  • Self-driven with effective time management and multitasking capability.
  • Excellent written and oral communication & ability to work well in a team
  • Excellent documentation, IT & numerical skills
  • Ability to work in a results-driven environment

You get extra points if you:

  • Have experience with CRISPR-driven genome editing in legumes
  • Experience with footprint-free RNP or plasmid-based protoplast transfection and genome editing
  • Have previously worked with protoplasts in plant transformation or gene editing
  • Have some project management experience
  • Proficiently use a Laboratory Information Management System
  • Have previous experience in start-ups
  • Love plants as much as they do

You must have the right to work in the UK. Learn more

  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7145
  • Posted: 19th November 2021
  • Expires: 17th December 2021

Cranleigh Scientific

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