Technician (31 Jan)

Grade 5: £24,983 - £28,098 p.a.

The Open Philanthropy Project recently announced an award to the Target Malaria consortium (led by Imperial College London) to assist it develop and prepare for the potential deployment of gene drive technologies in mosquitoes to help eliminate malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Deployment will only occur if it is feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities.

Part of the award has been allocated to understanding the community-ecology consequences of reducing in density, or eliminating, the particular mosquito species that transmit malaria to humans. Fieldwork in Ghana will seek to understand the ecology of these mosquitoes and use modern molecular techniques (such as DNA “barcoding” and metagenomics) to analyse their position in local ecological food webs. The project will be led by Professor Charles Godfray (Oxford) assisted by Dr Fred Aboagye-Antwi (Accra), Professor Owen Lewis (Oxford) and Professor Frederic Tripet (Keele).

We wish to employ a technician with skills in molecular biology to support work at Oxford in using molecular techniques to address questions in community ecology. The successful candidate will have experience working in this or a related area. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they can work in a team.

The main duties of the role are to support other project members in experimental work in the laboratory and to ensure the day to day running of the laboratory. The post will have responsibility for managing scientific process and maintaining quality control.

This post is a full-time fixed-term post for 4 years.

The vacancy will close at 12.00 midday on Friday 31 January 2018.