Research Assistant / Associate in Plant Sciences

University of Cambridge Department of Plant Sciences

United Kingdom

A position is available for a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate working on the regulation of photosynthesis gene expression at single cell resolution.

The successful applicant will join Professor Julian Hibberd's laboratory in Cambridge at the Department of Plant Sciences. Using single celled sequencing the project will focus on understanding how different cell-types in a leaf mature to operate with varying photosynthetic capacities. Both C3 and C4 leaves in which bundle sheath and mesophyll cells obtain distinct photosynthetic competencies will be assessed, but species that operate so called C3-C4 intermediates will also be interrogated. These species will be chosen in a phylogenetically informed manner to allow us to unpick how gene regulatory networks have altered in leaves operating these variant forms of photosynthesis. Functional testing of these networks will be undertaken using synthetic biology approaches. Findings will be relevant to photosynthesis, but also to how the patterning of gene expression is generated in complex organs such as leaves, and also to the convergent evolution of C4 photosynthesis.

Positions are available to start as soon as possible. Successful candidates will have a strong background in plant molecular biology, including a PhD in a relevant area*. Experience with single celled sequencing, synthetic biology, regulation of gene expression and cell biology approaches will be advantageous. Information on the laboratory is available at

*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 4 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 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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