Research Associate

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Biological Sciences,Biology,Botany,Genetics,Biochemistry

Short info about job

Company: University of Cambridge

Department: Sainsbury Laboratory

Salary: £30,175 to £38,183

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1470 6782379

Fax: +44-1386 1384521

E-mail: N\A


Detail information about job Research Associate. Terms and conditions vacancy

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. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at:

The post is available from November 2017.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV with a list 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.

Please quote reference PT13095 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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