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Senior/ Research Associate Plant Physiologist

Lancaster Environment Centre
Location:  Bailrigg, Lancaster UK
Salary:   £31,396 to £36,024 (Full time, indefinite with end date)
Closing Date:   Thursday 09 May 2024
Interview Date:   Thursday 23 May 2024
Reference:  0422-24

Applications are invited for a plant physiologist postdoctoral researcher within the Lancaster Photosynthesis team under the supervision of Prof Elizabete Carmo-Silva.

As part of the BBSRC Institute Strategic Programme Delivering Sustainable Wheat, this project aims to decipher the mechanistic regulation of Rubisco synthesis and degradation and how this process impacts photosynthetic efficiency and nitrogen use efficiency in wheat. The wider project goal is to contribute to optimising the wheat canopy function and interactions between source and sink.

You will have a genuine interest and the curiosity to pursue new research avenues in Rubisco, photosynthesis and sustainable wheat production. With training and support, you will be responsible for leading research on the regulation of Rubisco synthesis and degradation. In collaboration with project partners, we will assess how this regulation impacts on photosynthetic efficiency, nitrogen use efficiency and source-sink strength interactions in wheat. You will lead the molecular, biochemical, and physiological characterisation of dynamic photosynthetic traits in wheat germplasm grown in the field and in controlled environment conditions throughout key phases of development. You will design and carry out experimental and computational work, analyse data, present results in oral and written form and lead the preparation of scientific manuscripts.

You will join the collaborative and supportive Lancaster Photosynthesis team and have access to state-of-the-art resources, including a well-equipped lab for plant physiology and biochemistry work using ionising radiation, high-specification plant growth chambers, and the Lancaster High End Computing (HEC) Cluster. Professional development opportunities and training courses to broaden your expertise and skills will be encouraged and are covered by the project.

Individuals from all diversity groups are encouraged to apply. LEC offers a collegial and stimulating environment for career development, based on departmental values and embedded Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) considerations and actions. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Furthermore, we are active and progressive around sustainability, wellbeing and social justice agendas.

We anticipate interviews will be held in May 2024.

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