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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Giles Oldroyd at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University, to engineer associative bacterial interactions to develop synthetic plant-microbe associations in cereals. The successful candidate will use the tools of synthetic biology for rhizosphere engineering in cereals. The main model organisms will be Medicago truncatula and Nicotiana benthamiana.

Candidates must have a PhD in Plant or Microbial Genetics, or related field. Knowledge of plant-microbe interactions, particularly the molecular genetics of associative bacterial interactions is required. Knowledge of modular cloning strategies, specifically Golden Gate cloning, are essential. Candidates must also have good microbiological practice including sterile handling of plants. Experience of working in both microbial and plant genetics would be an advantage. Experience in the characterisation of bacterial root associations, transient as well as stable plant transformation methods, rhizosphere engineering and metabolomics are all highly desirable.

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 would ideally have published or submitted papers in this area. Candidates should 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 18 months in the first instance.
  • Please quote reference PT13096 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
  • Further information is available here
  • Closing date: 17 September 2017
  • The post is available from November 2017.
  • To apply online, please use this link.
  • Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV, including a list of methods which were successfully applied and a list of publications, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees. 

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.