Laboratory Technician - Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology · Norwich, Norfolk
Department Molecular Biology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

About Tropic Biosciences

Based in Norwich (UK) and with a team of over 115 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

We are looking for a Laboratory Technician within our Molecular Team to execute characterization of all gene edited plant material from both plant product development pipelines and experimental approaches, in a timely and accurate manner. In addition, the Laboratory Technician will also be involved in all aspects of construct development for our plant product development pipelines, including cloning of plasmids, sourcing and organizing stocks. The job holder will carry out essential general molecular biology tasks to support the Molecular Biology Genotyping and Cloning Pipelines under close supervision and direction from our expert team of scientists. The scope of this role would involve crucial development of our genotyping and cloning capabilities, with the potential for significant impact within Tropic Biosciences through the implementation of novel gene editing approaches and analyses.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Molecular Biology Support Services as needed (e. g. primer design, DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, PCR, SOP development)
  • Support the team in all genotyping and cloning projects and adhere to rigorous workflows and SOPs (coordinate work with line manager)
  • Support outsourcing of genotyping pipelines
  • Perform all genotyping steps (from gDNA/RNA extractions through to data analysis)
  • Perform key support tasks such as plasmid purification, making competent cells, etc
  • Perform general housekeeping of the laboratories as required to ensure high quality standards are met
  • Report any issues to line manager or Team Lead
  • Follow instructions, either verbally directed or from scientific resources and SOPs
  • Ensure that all records (databases and laboratory e-notebooks) are up to date



  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological Sciences or related field
  • Basic practical experience in general molecular biology techniques (cloning, PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR processes, agarose gels, etc.)
  • Detailed and accurate record keeping
  • Willingness to learn and to deliver
  • Good communication and time management skills
  • Proficient in working with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Great ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment while consistently maintaining a positive and professional attitude
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Fluent in English – speaking and writing


  • Experience of Molecular Biology in a professional environment (academia or industry) 
  • Experience with Molecular Biology programs such as Snapgene, Geneious

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

This role unfortunately does not meet our internal requirements for visa sponsorship, therefore we can only accept applications from individuals with long-term eligibility to work in the UK already granted.

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  • Location
    Norwich, Norfolk
  • Department
    Molecular Biology
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience