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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in Photosynthetic Biotechnology

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £28,331 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Tuesday 01 June 2021
Reference:  A3364

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in Photosynthetic Biotechnology funded for 36 months by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship programme. You will be joining the lab of Dr Marjorie Lundgren, part of the Photosynthesis Team at the Lancaster Environment Centre.  

The position is available to researchers with a PhD in plant sciences or related discipline with a keen interest in photosynthesis and crop improvement. With training and support, you will be responsible for isolation and quantification of DNA/RNA, qPCR, primer design, media preparations, and tissue culture, as part of a comprehensive Brassica transformation programme, with a larger aim to engineer C2 photosynthesis into C3 crops. You will design and carry out experimental work, analyse data, and present results in publication and at national and international conferences. Professional development opportunities and training courses to broaden your skills will be encouraged and are covered by the project. 

LEC offers a highly 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 decolonising agendas. 


You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 36 months. 

We anticipate interviews will be held in June 2021.

To apply for this post:

In reading your application documents, we are assessing if you are a good fit for this position and if this position is a good fit for you. To be able to do this, we need you to tell us about your expertise and experience to date. We want to know about the skills you had the opportunity to develop, put within in context of your previous study/work environments by, for example, briefly describing the research facilities available to you, and whether you had opportunities to attend conferences/scientific meetings and develop transferable skills. Please let us know if you have had a career break for any reason so that we can consider the achievements listed on your CV, including your publication record, in relation to these factors.

What to include in each document of your application:

Cover Letter Please discuss why you are interested in this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will help you meet your career goals. Please also describe any skills you have developed that are relevant to this post. It is helpful for us to know your contribution toward the achievements and experiences listed on your CV that are relevant to this post. 

CV Please include the following sections: Scientific Interests; Education History; Professional Experience/Employment History; Areas of Expertise (or Skills); Publications; Presentations; Honours/Awards/Prizes/Funding (if applicable, e.g. travel grant, poster prize); Academic Service (if applicable, e.g. manuscript reviewing), Outreach (if applicable), and Career Development (if applicable, e.g. have you attended any training courses or workshops).

Supporting Statements: Please provide a supporting statement for each criterium in the Personal Specification document that is listed as being scored via “Supporting Statements”. This should include examples that provide evidence of your experience and expertise. Aim for one paragraph per criterium (~50-200 words).

Referees: Contact information for at least two referees.

For enquiries relating to this post, please contact:

Dr Marjorie Lundgren,

Further details on the Principal Investigator’s research can be found here:


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Further details:

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.



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