Position: Research Assistant
Duration: 12 months
Location: National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland

A research assistant position is available immediately for a fixed term of 12 months on the DAFM funded project GENENET. The GENENET project aims to establish a gene conservation network for native tree species in Ireland. The project will undertake a desk-based mapping exercise to identify potential sites for the network. Target species for the network include broadleaves such as oak, alder, ash and birch, and the conifer Scots pine. Selected sites will then be surveyed and sampled to determine levels of genetic diversity and putative origins through comparison to European data. The data generated will be built into a geographical information system, which can be used for future management of this valuable genetic resource.

The research assistant role will be to help with sampling, laboratory work and GIS data input. The ideal candidate will have experience in molecular laboratory techniques or GIS. The candidate should have a degree in a relevant discipline and preferably a masters or postgraduate experience. There will also be some fieldwork to sample material and map site boundaries. A driving licence and access to a car would also be preferable. The salary is set at €26,087 per annum.

The DBN Plant Molecular Laboratory in the National Botanic Gardens is equipped for DNA sequencing and genotyping. The gardens are located to the north of the city of Dublin. The lab research focuses on biogeography and genetic variation in natural populations, conservation genetics and taxonomy. Informal queries to Dr Colin Kelleher, National Botanic Gardens.

Applications by way of cover letter and CV with a list of two referees to be sent to: botanicscentre@opw.ie noting “Genenet RA” in the subject heading. Closing date for receipt of applications is the 29th July 2020. https://botanicgardens.ie/