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Technician in Plant Biology

Ecology and Evolution

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £25,941 to £27,511 Pro rata per annum (18 hours a week)
Part Time Fixed Term for 8 months
Closing Date:  Thursday 22 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1284520BJ

We seek a Technician to work on the project “The contribution of plasticity to adaptive divergence: domestication as a model”. The NERC/BBSRC co-funded project provides support for a part-time technician for 8 months from 4th January 2021 to work with Dr Mark Chapman in the Ecology and Evolution group at the University of Southampton (, co-supervised by Dr Tom Ezard in Ocean and Earth Science (

You will have skill level equivalent to achievement of HNC, A-Level, or NVQ3 with proven work experience acquired in relevant technical support roles and job-related training. A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Plant Science, or a similar discipline, or an equivalent qualification, would be highly desirable. A general interest in evolutionary biology is required. You must be a good team worker, an excellent communicator and have experience with standard office computer systems including word-processing and spreadsheets. Experience working with plants is essential, and experience in a molecular biology laboratory setting would be highly desirable.

Your role is to provide dedicated project support in the laboratory and greenhouses for the project team. In addition you will be carry out day-to-day maintenance activities, oversee ordering for the lab, and help organise outreach events. You will be encouraged to learn laboratory and computational techniques and you will be given the opportunity to take courses to enable your personal development. The active role you will play offers potential for contributing to journal articles.

The School of Biological Sciences is an exciting and collaborative School, supported by state-of-the-art research facilities that provide a perfect environment to work in. The working pattern of this part-time position is flexible and can be discussed.

For informal enquiries, please email Dr Mark Chapman ( in the first instance.

Equal Opportunities and Benefits: Biological Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University of Southampton has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1284520BJ on all correspondence.

Please include a covering letter, full CV and names and contact details for three referees in your application.

Technician CommitmentAthena SWAN Silver Award holder: Biological Sciences

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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