Future Food Beacon: Technologist in Phenomics (fixed-term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 11th March 2018
Job Type
Research & Teaching
Future Food Beacon of Excellence
£38833 to £47722 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

The Future Food Beacon (Beacon) is one of six multi-million pound research Beacons of Excellence that is being funded through the University's ambitious Research Strategy.

The Beacon is looking to recruit a Technologist in Phenomics who will work with a wide range of individuals within the Beacon, aligned Faculties and Schools, and research centres. The role holder will be responsible for the development of research infrastructures for phenomics, initially (but not limited to) plant phenotyping at various scales: microscopy, CE room, glasshouse and field.  The role-holder will develop and maintain new and existing facilities, conduct their own research and co-manage the Beacon’s Innovation Makerspace. Main responsibilities will include:

  • Development of novel phenomics platforms to support Beacon research.  This will involve management and application of a range of methodologies, approaches and techniques appropriate to individual research projects.
  • To take the lead on, plan, develop and conduct individual research projects aligned to Beacon objectives.
  • Be responsible for managing and/or monitoring assets and budgets allocated and the use of research resources to ensure that effective use is made of them.
  • To generate income by developing and winning support for innovative research proposals and funding bids.
  • Platform day-to-day management (upgrading, maintenance, user training etc.)
  • Design, implementation and co-management of Innovation Makerspace.
  • Other duties appropriate to the grade and role of the post holder.

Applicants must meet the essential criteria:

  • Have a BSc or equivalent in biology plus a PhD in a relevant area
  • Experimental plant and crop biology, including experimental hardware design, data handing and interpretation
  • Evidence of sufficient breadth or depth of research methodologies and techniques to work in research area
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clarity on complex information.
  • Designing, executing and delivering plant phenotyping infrastructure
  • Use of phenotyping to address biological problems
  • Publication record commensurate with career to date
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate with others, internally and externally
  • An understanding of the issues of confidentiality and to conduct themselves in a manner that protects any confidential information in their possession
  • Experience in data analysis in the context of plant phenotyping experiments

This is a full-time post offered on a 3 year fixed term contract initially with a possible two year extension.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Darren Wells, tel: +44 (0)115 9516373 or email DARREN.WELLS@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.