Research Assistant / Associate in Environmental Plant Physiology

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral research assistant/associate to work in the Horizon-2020 project 'Combining Approaches for Photosynthetic Improvement to Allow Increased Sustainability in European agriculture (CAPITALISE)'. The work will be undertaken in the Environmental Plant Physiology Group led by Dr Johannes Kromdijk.

The CAPITALISE consortium consists of 18 European universities, research institutes, plant breeding companies and phenotyping technology developers, who aim to translate major advances in photosynthetic improvement from model plant species into three important crop species: barley, tomato and maize, by utilizing natural genetic variation in key photosynthetic traits. The appointee will contribute to work aiming to discover the genetic basis for natural variation in traits associated with A) Kinetics of photosynthetic responses to changes in irradiance and B) Tuning of the Calvin cycle. The work will include field phenotyping of photosynthetic traits in mapping populations as well as deep-phenotyping of contrasting accessions to uncover the physiological basis of observed differences.

The appointee will work closely together with research teams at the Universities of Essex, Lancaster and Wageningen (NL) and will have strong organizational and team-working skills. A strong background in plant biology or photosynthesis and a good grasp of experimental design and statistical analysis are required. Knowledge of plant breeding techniques and/or quantitative genetics and prior experience with measurements under field conditions is also highly desirable. You should have a PhD in a biological subject.

*Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Please upload your CV, covering letter and publication list to submit your application. For any queries on the position please contact Del Hawtin jobs@plantsci.cam.ac.uk. Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

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