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Junior Molecular Biologist - Growing crops in the oceans!

Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4
£26,000 - £34,000 a year - Full-time


Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4

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  • Canteen
  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Flexitime
  • Free parking

Full job description

Are you ready to pioneer the future of agriculture in oceanic environments? Join Alora as we use cutting-edge gene editing techniques to create salt-tolerant crop varieties that will grow in the ocean. We are seeking a Junior Molecular Biologist with an innovative mindset and a penchant for optimizing traits to drive ground breaking developments.

Alora is the Ocean Agriculture company, we have designed a way to grow crops in oceanic saltwater. Creating farms floating on the ocean to create truly sustainable agriculture. This is an exciting and dynamic position focused on the future of how we grow our food. We encourage everyone to bring a unique perspective and all their experience to this skilled role. The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding of plant biology and genetic editing.

Rice is currently the core crop for Alora’s technology, but increasing this to include model organisms such as Brachypodium distachyon or other important crops such as soybean will be a priority in addition to optimising all varieties for yield and additional abiotic stresses. This is a diverse and exciting role with plenty of opportunity.

We are a startup, born in Yorkshire, shaped in San Francisco, cultivated in Ontario, and returning proudly to our roots in the UK. To all motivated questioners ready to be part of the team working to solve world hunger we look forward to meeting you!

Salary Range: £26,000-£34,000, dependent on experience

Location: Norwich, onsite with occasional remote work

Key responsibilities within both roles:

  • Assist in identifying the genetic components responsible for salt tolerance, yield, and other traits in our crops.
  • Use bioinformatic tools to identify the metabolic mechanisms surrounding these gene targets.
  • Create multi-gene target designs responsible for improving these traits.
  • Generate gene-edited rice, and other crops through cloning and RNP methods.
  • Perform PCR, RT-qPCR, and survival assays on plant tissue and analyse the results to direct future development.
  • Innovate on CRISPR-based methodologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with other lab members for open innovation.
  • Maintain comprehensive records of all experimental procedures.
  • Analyse data with a critical eye, providing insights for ongoing project optimization.
  • Stay knowledgeable on the latest developments in molecular biology and crop science.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Masters degree plus experience, in Molecular Biology or a related field, or newly graduated PhD.
  • Proven experience in a laboratory setting, ideally plant biology and a minimum of 3 years experience.
  • Ideally, experience in a startup or fast-paced environment.
  • Good proficiency with molecular techniques, such as RT-qPCR and NGS.
  • Good and demonstrated proficiency of genome editing or modification, including a variety of transformation methodologies.
  • Exceptional proficiency with CRISPR-based techniques is ideal.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and an eagerness to find solutions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and/or Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Slides).
  • Proficiency or familiarity with software-based project management.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Proactive work attitude.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: £26,000.00-£34,000.00 per year


  • Canteen
  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home


  • Flexitime
  • Monday to Friday


  • Master's (preferred)


  • Molecular Biology: 3 years (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 07/06/2024
Reference ID: Jnr Molecular Biologist
Expected start date: 24/06/2024