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Senior Research Associate/ Research Associate in Plant Molecular Biology

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £28,331 to £40,322 (pay award pending)
Closing Date:   Tuesday 12 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3511

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in plant molecular biology at the Lancaster photosynthesis research team under the supervision of Prof Elizabete Carmo-Silva. This position is part of the project CAPITALISE, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to identify naturally occurring genetic variation in photosynthetic traits to increase photosynthetic efficiency in the target crops barley, maize and tomato.

The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest and the curiosity to pursue new research avenues in photosynthesis and crop improvement. With training and support, you will be responsible for the characterisation of diversity in Rubisco activity and regulation in selected germplasm of barley, tomato and maize. 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 a collaborative and supportive team and have access to state-of-the-art resources, including a well-equipped lab for plant molecular biology and biochemistry work using ionising radiation, 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.


You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30 June 2024.

To apply for this post:

In reading your application documents, we are assessing if you are a good fit to 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, and your research interests. We want to know about the skills you had the opportunity to develop, put within the context of your previous study/work environment 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 section 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 achieve those goals. Please also describe the skills you have developed that are relevant to this post and tell us about any skills you want to develop further. 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/Skills; Publications; Presentations.  And, if applicable: Honours/Awards/Prizes/Funding (e.g. travel grant, best poster); Academic service (e.g. review of manuscripts); Outreach; Career development (e.g. 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:

Prof Elizabete Carmo-Silva,

Further details on our research and team are available here:

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

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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