A Scientist – Pathology role to conduct routine laboratory tasks and support research projects. This includes diagnostics, involving isolation and molecular identification of microorganisms.
The Tree Health research group’s role is to sustain the forestry and tree sector in Britain through; firstly, provision of rapid diagnosis of tree health problems; and secondly, undertaking research on pests and pathogens threatening British trees to inform government policy, management and future proofing.
In general, the work involves field and laboratory-based investigations on bacterial, fungal and oomycete diseases. Often with cross-linkages to entomology, the soil (biogeochemical) and social sciences.
In the Oak Decline Research Group, we are involved in several major research projects on Oak Declines. We lead a UKRI funded project; BAC-STOP – Bacterial Plant Diseases Programme in the Bacterial Plant Diseases Programme and have a number of Defra funded projects as well as routine work.
This post is based from our Alice Holt Research Station which is near Farnham in Surrey. Blended working gives you the option to work some of the week from home, and some from the workplace. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. See further details about our locations via this link.
The role entails carrying out routine laboratory tasks and providing support for research on the projects.
This includes diagnostics, involving isolation and molecular identification of microorganisms, including RT-PCR. An understanding of scientific methodology, good microbiological skills and computer competency in a range of software programmes (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and molecular analyses using e.g. Geneious, as well as online sequence tools e.g. BLAST, MEGA) is required.
The successful candidate will be involved with current research activities which include beetle transmission and vectoring of bacteria.
We are looking for a hard-working, capable, enthusiastic person. You should be a great team player with the ability to respond flexibly to research demands and brings excellent skills in culturomics and molecular based microbial identification to the group. The successful candidate will interact with a multidisciplinary team of researchers at FR and other Institutes and must be willing to work with students and researchers as required. Candidates should demonstrate team working and a positive attitude in achieving team targets and working within budgets.
Forest Research (FR) is the research agency of the Forestry Commission. We are a world leader in applied forest science and a trusted provider of expertise, data, products and services for governments and the tree, wood, forest and natural resource sectors. Please explore www.forestresearch.gov.uk for further information about our organisation. We have two main research stations: Alice Holt Lodge (AH) in south-east England and Northern Research Station (NRS) near Edinburgh, and a smaller research presence in Wales (Aberystwyth). The remit of FR is across Great Britain.
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