Research Scientist – Genome-editing Induced Gene-Silencing

GEiGS · Norwich, Norfolk
Department GEiGS
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About Tropic Biosciences

Based in Norwich (UK) and with a team of over 110 professionals, Tropic Biosciences is one of the world’s leading agricultural gene-editing companies. Our team is dedicated to the development and commercialization of high-performing varieties of tropical crops to provide significant benefits to growers, processors and consumers globally.

Tropic’s vision is to become a dominant seed business with significant ownership of its products from the laboratory to the field, while maintaining constructive relationships with growers and consumers based on transparency and trust. 


What we are looking for

The GEiGS® (genome-editing induced gene silencing) team develops and deploys the core technology of Tropic Biosciences. We use genome-editing tools to redirect RNA-silencing genes (e.g. miRNAs) to novel targets, including pests and pathogens, to develop disease-resistant plants and novel traits!

The team works at the interface between molecular biology, plant transformation, and bioinformatics, and we are looking for a new researcher to push forward the GEiGS® technology and develop novel IP. You will work closely with the bioinformatics team to improve the GEiGS® design process, and wet-lab work to develop novel GEiGS® technologies.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop molecular assays for testing GEiGS® designs experimentally
  • Think critically to design experiments which answer key questions in a timely manner
  • Plan, execute, and communicate the results of fast-paced and collaborative scientific projects
  • Generate novel IP by inventing new applications for genome-editing technology
  • Facilitate GEiGS® deployment in our core crops (rice, banana, coffee)
  • Perform molecular biology techniques as required (cloning, PCR, RNA, etc.)
  • Record experimental data in an electronic lab notebook and review entries for peers and technicians
  • Train and develop colleagues at Tropic in your areas of expertise
  • Proactive support of the team’s activities as a whole

 

Requirements

Essential:

  • MSc/PhD in Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, or any other related discipline
  • Experience of RNA biology (in silico or wet lab), especially RNA silencing
  • Good knowledge of molecular biology techniques (cloning, PCR, RNA)
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Organised and precise, able to produce accurate records and presentations
  • Motivated self-starter with strong troubleshooting experience

 

Desirable:

  • 1-3 years working in a research environment (academic or commercial)
  • Wet-lab assay design and development
  • Protoplasting experience
  • Cloning experience (in silico and wet lab)
  • Plant transformation and tissue-culture skills
  • Strong scientific communication skills, able to present complex systems clearly

 

Additional Information

  • Job Location – Norwich
  • Time Requirement - Full time position.
  • Compensation – We offer a competitive compensation package to successful candidates
  • Benefits – 25 days annual leave, Private Medical Insurance through Vitality, Medical Cash Plan and Group Income Protection Scheme, as well as excellent learning and training opportunities and social events throughout the year


Application Instructions

If you meet the above criteria, we would be happy to hear from you. Please apply here

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  • Location
    Norwich, Norfolk
  • Department
    GEiGS
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced