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About SLCU

The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) is a research institute funded by the Gatsby Foundation. The aim of the Laboratory is to elucidate the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and development through a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment.

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Research

SLCU brings together specialists in biological, physical, and mathematical sciences integrating a range of wet-lab experimental research with computational modelling. This interdisciplinary approach is essential for understanding the complex dynamic and self-organising properties of plants.

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Outreach

SLCU values outreach as a chance to highlight the importance of plant science research and to discuss the work of the Lab with a wide range of people.

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Facilities & Services

SLCU provides facilities and services for advanced imaging, plant growth, tissue culture, seed storage and public software tools.

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Laboratory Technician

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements. SLCU provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. Applications close 15 Sept 2019.

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Plants can tell time even without a brain – James Locke and Mark Greenwood explain how plants can coordinate their circadian clocks in their article published in The Conversation.

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Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops

Sep 16, 2019

Once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ that served no purpose, a family of ‘jumping genes’ found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance.

Food of the Future: free online course launched to inspire the next generation of scientists

Aug 30, 2019

A new, free online course aimed at 16-19 year olds across Europe, funded by EIT Food and developed by the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP) at the University of Cambridge alongside international partners, aims to inspire young people to study science so they can help to create food of the future.

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