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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate - Plant Biochemist (RIPE)

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £27,831 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Saturday 07 September 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 16 September 2019
Reference:  A2772

Lancaster University was named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, and awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework., Lancaster University has a world class reputation for research relevant to food security. The photosynthesis team at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is researching how to improve carbon assimilation to increase crop yields, while minimising the use of resources. Our research focuses on understanding genetic variation in photosynthetic efficiency and regulation in response to the environment.

We are seeking an enthusiastic post-doctoral researcher with expertise in plant biochemistry to join the photosynthesis team at Lancaster as part of the project RIPE: Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency for Sustainable Increases in Crop Yield. The aim of the research at LEC is to exploit genetic diversity in cowpea and soybean to improve crop photosynthetic efficiency, both through informing breeding of improved cultivars and using genome editing approaches.

You will have a background in photosynthetic biochemistry, relevant experience of molecular biology and genetic engineering, and a genuine interest in contributing to improve the efficiency of crop production for future food security. Experience of measuring Rubisco activity is desirable. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. You will be expected to lead research publications in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals. Attention to detail and excellent English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project.

You will have access to state-of-the-art resources, including a biochemistry laboratory equipped for use of 14C, and be part of a highly collaborative and supportive working environment. Professional development opportunities and training courses to broaden your expertise and skills will be encouraged and are covered by the project. There will also be regular opportunities to attend relevant conferences and research meetings.

This is a 3 year fixed term appointment.

Lancaster is an ‘English Heritage City’ at the doorstep of the Lake District.

For enquiries relating to this post, please contact Dr Elizabete Carmo-Silva +44 (0)1524 594369, or Prof Martin Parry

We anticipate interviews will be held mid September. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be available to start in October 2019.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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