Research Associate / Fellow in Biosciences

University of Nottingham Department of Plant and Crop Sciences

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 10th January 2021
Job Type
Plant & Crop Sciences, Biosciences
£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The successful candidate will work as part of a team to support a Multiscale Plant Resilience Trait Discovery Pipeline, which will integrate multi-scale phenotyping data with environmental factors to characterise complex interactions underlying plant stress responses. The focus will be on combined root and shoot phenotyping of rice plants undergoing heat stress using diverse rice germplasm collections from VietNam, China and Africa. Data will be integrated across a range of organs and scales to determine and characterise optimal phenotypes for crop resilience at a whole plant level. The data will be linked via GWAS to marker data to provide a pipeline for stress resilience trait discovery and trait characterisation.   

This post is part of the Future Food Beacon Challenge “Palaeobenchmarking Resilient Agricultural Systems”. 

Applicants must have skills in:

  • Techniques for the physiological and morphological analysis of root and shoot traits
  • Molecular biology
  • Trait analysis in plants
  • Microscopy
  • GWAS and bioinformatics analysis.
  • Plant transformation

Knowledge and experience in the maintenance and screening of plants, large-scale plant maintenance/husbandry and molecular biology laboratory experience are also essential.

This is a fixed-term post available until 31 July 2022. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Zoe Wilson, or Erik Murchie, Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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