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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 work on a project focusing on the barley-arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis to understand how cereals recognise fungal signals to activate the symbiosis signaling pathway. The successful candidate will undertake research aimed at identifying the receptors required for mycorrhizal colonisation using a combination of genetics and biochemistry approaches.

The successful candidate will be required to identify, develop and apply a broad range of techniques to pursue the research objectives whilst drafting scientific papers, and contributing to the overall preparation of research for publication.

Applicants must have a PhD in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or related field, alongside an element of creativity and initiative to develop novel approaches and methods. Candidates must have advanced knowledge of and experience in the following areas: (1) plant LysM receptor like kinases, (2) barley genetics, (3) in planta bioassays for ROS production, (4) assays for MAPK signaling, (5) analysis calcium signatures during defense and symbiotic signaling, (6) root fungal pathogen infection, and (7) arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculation. Good knowledge of signaling during the plant immune response and during the establishment of symbiotic associations in legumes is therefore essential.

The post holder will present scientific work at seminars within the Laboratory, contributing to Laboratory-wide discussions on developments within the field, as well as external meetings. The candidate will also be required to contribute to the smooth running of the group and training of students and other group members.

Good communication skills are essential, as the post holder will need to present data to other members of the group, external collaborators and sponsor agencies for grant applications. Candidates will also need to be able to work well in a team.

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 12 months in the first instance.
  • Please quote reference PT13095 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 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.