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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Alexander Jones at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, to carry out fundamental research into the cellular dynamics of abscisic acid (ABA) during plant development and stress responses. The project will be aimed at gaining a mechanistic understanding of how and why accumulations or depletions of ABA are modulated in space and time in Arabidopsis thaliana, and will have an initial focus on environmentally responsive root development. The Jones group uses live imaging of FRET biosensors, e.g. the ABA Concentration and Uptake Sensor or ABACUS, combined with genetic, biochemical, and computational approaches to investigate the signal integration upstream and program activation downstream of phytohormone cellular dynamics.

Candidates must have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Genetics, or related field and have expertise in molecular biology and microscopy. Candidates with advanced knowledge of, and experience in, some or all of the following areas will be preferred: ABA metabolism, ABA signalling, systems biology, image analysis, and bioengineering. Proficiency in plant development or plant physiology is also required.

The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates should also demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching).

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities.

  • Salary £30,175-£38,183
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.
  • Please quote reference PT12506 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
  • Further information is available here.
  • Closing date: 17 August 2017
  • The post is available from October 2017.
  • To apply online, please use this link.
  • Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.
  • Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Jones at

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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PhD applicants

Please contact Group Leaders to find out about any study opportunities at the Sainsbury Laboratory.  SLCU also participates in the BBSRC DTP programme. Further details are available here.