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Current jobs in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
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Research Assistant / Associate (Fixed Term)

Thu, 23/05/2024 - 00:00

This 10-month full-time postdoctoral position will investigate the phenotypic effects of plant 'persistent' viruses (e.g., endornaviruses and partitiviruses, which are inherited but not horizontally transmissible) using pepper plants (Capsicum annuum) as a model. The successful candidate will generate isogenic lines of pepper cultivars that are infected with, or free of, persistent viruses. They will determine the effects of persistent viruses on growth and seed production and interactions of the host with pathogenic agents, including pathogenic plant viruses, and abiotic stresses.

We are seeking candidates that are highly skilled in plant virology. Candidates will be expected to hold a PhD, or equivalent qualification in plant virology. The successful candidate will be primarily based in the Plant Sciences Department but will carry out some procedures in the Botanic Garden Plant Growth Facility.

The successful applicant will become an integral and valued member of a multi-disciplinary group and will be expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.

The successful candidates will be expected to design and carry out research both independently and as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 10 months in the first instance.

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Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD41803 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Mon, 20/05/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to appoint a Research Laboratory Technician to provide technical support for research activity to ensure the smooth running of research projects. In particular, this role will be responsible for growing, maintaining and phenotyping rice and Arabidopsis transgenic lines. The major techniques involving growing, maintaining plants, DNA, RNA extractions, genotyping, and gene expression analysis either by RT-PCR or qRT-PCR. In addition, the role involves cloning and light microscopy work.

The position is available until June 2025.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD41695 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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University Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Ecology and Evolution

Mon, 29/04/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for an Assistant/Associate Professor post in Plant Sciences, available from 1 July 2024. We are looking to appoint at either Grade 9 (£45, 585- £57,696) or Grade 10 (£61,198 - £64,914) depending on skills and experience.

We welcome excellent candidates who can teach and perform research in Plant Ecology. In particular, we are interested in applications from those with a focus on fieldwork in areas such as molecular ecology, evolutionary ecology, microbial ecology in the context of plant biology, plant and microbial responses to climate change and other anthropogenetic stressors.

The appointee will join the Department of Plant Sciences, which delivers teaching and research that stretches across the plant sciences discipline - from ecology and conservation, to physiology, genetics and genomics. There will be the opportunity to be affiliated with the Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, a world-leading centre for research and training in biodiversity conservation, working in partnership with eleven international conservation organisations.

Key responsibilities include teaching undergraduates, conducting world-leading research, and advising postgraduate students and post-doctoral workers. There is the opportunity to become a Fellow of a College. Undergraduate teaching includes lectures in ecology, evolution, and microbial ecology, practical classes and small-group supervisions. The teaching commitment also includes an annual field course (locations include England, Portugal, and Borneo). Postgraduate training options include contribution to MPhil and PhD programmes. Innovations in teaching methods are actively encouraged, as are engagement with mentoring and professional development.

We will support the successful candidate to develop a research programme that complements and reinforces existing Departmental research strengths. There are shared laboratory facilities for a variety of environmental analyses both within the Department and in collaboration with other Departments.

Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant field and sufficient breadth and/or depth of specialist knowledge in their chosen discipline to be able to teach to a high standard. They should also have evidence of excellence in research and demonstrated capacity to develop research objectives, projects and proposals. Appointments at the level of Associate Professor will usually be able to provide evidence of success in obtaining research funding to support research or career development.

Applications should comprise a letter of application (summarise how you would contribute to both teaching and research in the Department), your curriculum vitae (including up-to-date publications list, and for three outputs a concise narrative outlining the context for each piece of work, your contribution to the output and the importance of the findings), and a statement of your current and future research plans on no more than five pages.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level.

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If you have not heard from us within 1 month, please assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD41455 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 05/04/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Associate to contribute to work on betalain-pigment related technologies. The successful candidate will join the Brockington Lab, who specialise in the evolution of betalain pigments and their biotechnological applications.

The candidate will perform experimental work to understand the regulation and manipulation of betalain synthesis and biochemistry, including protein optimisation via evolutionary design approaches. Experimental work will involve protein visualisation, protein modelling, and the engineering of artificial protein complexes.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in plant molecular biology and a thorough understanding of betalain pigmentation pathways and and pigment biochemistry. In addition, applicants must be proficient in the design and construction of constructs for engineering plants, yeast and bacteria and well as experience in plant transient expression assays and the production and analysis of transgenic plants.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD41202 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a laboratory technician to support the research work in Dr Jeongmin Choi 's laboratory, starting in July 2024 ideally. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody passionate about scientific research to join a new team and work in a state-of-the-art laboratory.

The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and friendly group of researchers and technicians in the Crop Science Centre at the University of Cambridge. Dr Choi's group aims to create a positive and respected environment to work in to ensure the wellbeing of all its members.

The Crop Science Centre opened in October 2020 and benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems. About 80 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between 6 research groups.

The role holder will report to Dr Choi and will provide technical support, contributing to the smooth running of research activities across her group. The role holder will prepare and analyse samples in support of research activities.

Practical experience in laboratory technician/biological scientific research work is essential. Experience with molecular biology (PCR, cloning, RNA extraction) and horticultural practices would be an advantage. The role holder will have good IT skills, excellent organisation and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently once trained.

The successful candidate will work as part of a wider team of laboratory technicians and willingness to help when demands are high and being a strong team player is essential.

Informal enquiries are very welcome and should be directed to Dr Jeongmin Choi - jc913@cam.ac

This is a full time position. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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If you have not received any response 1 month after the closing date you should consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD41156 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Tue, 26/03/2024 - 00:00

The Crop Science Centre is seeking to recruit a Laboratory Technician. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody passionate about supporting scientific research to join a new team of vibrant and friendly group of researchers and technicians and work in a state-of-the-art laboratory.

The Crop Science Centre opened in October 2020 and is part of the Department of Plant Sciences. It benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems. Over 80 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between six research groups.

The role holder will report to the Research Service Manager. The successful candidate will work alongside the Lab Manager Assistant to ensure the smooth running of CSC labs including procurement of lab consumables and equipment, and correct use and maintenance of research equipment. The role holder will also assist with Health and Safety at CSC, including updating risk assessments and standard operating procedures. The role holder will provide assistance in support of research activity, like maintaining stocks of competent cells or running a N. benthamiana transient transformation service.

The ideal candidate should have prior experience in working in a research laboratory and understanding of laboratory technician work. Experience with media preparation or horticultural practices will be advantageous. The role holder will work as part of a wider dynamic and friendly Professional Services technical team and willingness to help when demands are high, and being a strong team player is essential. Good communication, attention to details and interpersonal skills are essential.

CSC is committed to technician development, supporting the Technician Commitment initiative to ensure recognition, visibility, career development and sustainability of the Professional Services-technical group.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 21 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Susana Sauret Gueto, Research Service Manager, ss2359@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PD40958 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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IT Service Manager

Tue, 05/03/2024 - 00:00

Plant Sciences is an internationally important department within the University of Cambridge, with diverse research interests including global food security, sustainable bioeconomy and the environment. It is a world-class environment for research and teaching, and a thriving, friendly and dynamic community of staff and students, involved in a wide range of successful collaborations at departmental, university and international levels.

We wish to recruit an enthusiastic, self-motivated and confident IT Service Manager. This will be a hands-on role requiring depth and breadth of technical skills and experience, ideally gained in a similar HE environment with exposure to administration, teaching and research functions. Outstanding communication and relationship-building skills are essential in order to build and manage a small team of IT staff, and to create an excellent and confidence-inspiring user support service. The role-holder will spend time both on the Downing Site in central Cambridge and at our Crop Science Centre on Huntingdon Road, which opened in 2020.

The services and support provided by the Plant Sciences IT team complement the critical and fundamental services that are provided by the University Information Services department (UIS). The role is well supported by the department, the School IT team, colleagues in UIS and by the community of IT professionals working in similar roles in other departments within the School of the Biological Sciences. A wide range of training and personal and career development opportunities is available. This is a wonderful, rich and rewarding environment in which to grow. If you have the technical skills to deliver a capable and resilient IT service, and the personality and drive to create an outstanding support culture, please do apply, we'll be delighted to hear from you.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University offers a range of benefits for staff including pension scheme, hybrid working opportunities, University nurseries and on-site parking.

Previous applicants need not re-apply. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD40785 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 05/03/2024 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research assistant/research associate position to study the beneficial microbial associations of plants. The successful candidate will work with Professor Giles Oldroyd at the Crop Science Centre, starting autumn 2024.

Most plants, including many important crops, live in beneficial associations with microorganisms such as the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. AM fungi mine the soil substrate for minerals and deliver these to the host plant at specialized structures within root cells. This project aims to understand the regulators which control a plant's decision to engage with AM fungi. The approach will be multi-disciplinary, combining molecular genetics, physiology, metabolomics, and bioinformatics.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in plant molecular biology and genetics (or closely related discipline). Prior experience with AM symbiosis and plant metabolism is highly desirable, alongside experience with both transcriptomics and phylogenetics. Also desirable is experience working with a range of plant species, including both monocots and dicots, and experience with molecular cloning techniques.

The successful candidate will be able to lead their own research and work with collaborators to pursue multiple lines of enquiry.

To apply, please email a CV, publications list, a CHRIS/6 (parts I and III only) and the names and contact details (including email addresses) of 2 referees to Professor Giles Oldroyd at gedo2@cam.ac.uk

Salary Ranges: Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263 (Grade 7). Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant, moving to Research Associate upon confirmation of your PhD award.

As a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, the University of Cambridge does not use journal level metrics when assessing the quality of research outputs. Applicants should not include journal level metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, anywhere in their application materials. Applicants should highlight a select subset of what they consider to be their most important research outputs and provide a brief narrative account of their significance.

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If you have not received any response 1 month after the closing date you should consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD40770 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Thu, 29/02/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to appoint a Research Laboratory Technician to provide technical support for teaching and research activity in order to ensure the smooth running of a laboratory or research facility. In particular, this role will be responsible for analysing large phenotyping datasets to estimate best linear unbiased predictors and perform genome wide association and QTL mapping studies to identify genetic determinants for phenotypic traits. In addition, the role will involve phylogenetic reconstruction of major ancestral groups and development of new protocols to estimate plasticity from replicated field-trials across several site-years.

The position is available either full-time until September 2025 or part-time until February 2026. Please state your preference within your application.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD40716 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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