Opening For Assistant Diagnostician in Forest Pathology x 2

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Assistant Diagnostician in Forest Pathology x 2

Assistant Diagnostician in Forest Pathology x 2 (Fixed Term)
Alice Holt £21,353– £23,977 plus benefits

As part of the Forestry Commission, Forest Research is one of the world’s leading institutes in research focussed on woodlands and forestry and has a strong international research record on tree health.

The pathology group is seeking to appoint two full-time Assistant Diagnosticians for a Fixed Term Appointment for 2 years with the possibility of extension or permanency but no guarantee.

The key work areas of this role are:

 Assisting in the provision of advice on the many common disorders that affect trees in Britain.  This involves responding to enquiries that come via TreeAlert, e-mail, telephone and letter and requires the development of expertise on recognition of many tree diseases

Laboratory work aimed at diagnosing the cause of tree disorders through various approaches including both field visits and laboratory work. The latter can include identification based on photographs or examination of fungal fruit bodies. Sample analysis also requires use of sterile technique to isolate causal pathogens, microscopy, and a range of molecular processes including DNA extraction and clean-up, standard PCR, real-time PCR and DNA sequence analysis.

Queries about the role should be directed to, resourcing@forestry.gsi.gov.uk..

Closing date: 1 May 2014, 11.59pm