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

Mon, 19/02/2024 - 00:00

We are looking for an experienced plant circadian biologist to monitor metrics associated with the health and growth of lettuce plants in a simulated vertical farm. The applicants will be a skilled plant circadian biologist, with experience of using imaging and image analysis tools to monitor plant physiology and growth.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 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 PD40590 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Thu, 15/02/2024 - 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2024 in the first instance.

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 PD40545 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Mon, 12/02/2024 - 00:00

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Associate to contribute to the development of disease-resistant crops. The successful candidate will join the Patron Lab to work on a collaborative project with the Morris Lab (John Innes Centre), and the Denby Lab (University of York). This multidisciplinary team will combine their expertise in systems biology, modelling, and synthetic biology to engineer resistance to broad host-range fungal pathogens in lettuce. More information about the lab is available at patronlab.org.

The candidate will perform experimental work to characterise interactions between key regulators of pathogen responses to support the development and validation of a dynamic network model of lettuce transcriptional responses to fungal pathogens. They will also design and build synthetic genetic controllers and gene editing constructs, testing their effects on gene expression and pathogen resistance. We provide a supportive research environment with an emphasis on personal development, research excellence, integrity, and respect.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in plant molecular biology and a thorough understanding of gene expression, gene regulatory networks and approaches used in their study. In addition, applicants must be proficient in the design and construction of constructs for engineering plants and well as experience in plant transient expression assays (e.g., production and transfection of plant protoplasts) and/or the production and analysis of transgenic or edited plants. They must be experienced in the collection of quantitative data including statistical analyses.

Funding is available for up to 2 years with an initial end date of 13-Feb-2026. The full 2 year position is dependent on research grant extension once the successful applicant is in post.

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

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Please quote reference PD40475 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Assistant (Fixed Term)

Thu, 08/02/2024 - 00:00

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

Applications are invited for a highly motivated research assistant to work on meiotic recombination control in model and crop plants in Dr Natasha Yelina's laboratory, starting as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and friendly group of researchers in the Crop Science Centre at the University of Cambridge.

The Crop Science Centre which opened in October 2020 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.

Meiotic recombination, or crossovers, create genetic variation which is the basis of selective breeding. Despite their importance for crop breeding, crossovers are limiting due to their low numbers and uneven distribution along chromosomes. Using Arabidopsis as a model, the project will dissect mechanistic control of crossover formation with the aim to develop strategies to overcome crossover limitations in crop breeding.

Successful candidates will have a strong background in molecular cloning, plant genetics and plant molecular biology, a strong interest in the fundamental mechanisms of meiotic recombination and their future application to crop breeding. Experience with DNA, RNA work and plant growth and maintenance are essential. Information on the laboratory is available at website https://www.cropsciencecentre.org/research/crop-breeding-technologies/.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Natasha Yelina, ne240@cam.ac.uk.

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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 PD40447 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Digital Communication Coordinator (Fixed Term)

Wed, 07/02/2024 - 00:00

The Head of Department is supported in management of the Department by a Strategy Group, Teaching Co-ordinator, Chairs of Department Committees, Department Administrator, Deputy Department Administrator, and Principal Technician. The Knowledge Translation and Exchange Manager, to whom the role will report, leads the Knowledge Exchange and Communications Team and Plants @ Cambridge activities. The Digital Communication Coordinator is a key role in supporting the long-term development and success of the Department by leading its publicity activities and fostering communication to develop projects to engage the Department's research community. The role holder will be expected to write articles for the website and printed publications, monitor press coverage across all media, produce the Department's weekly internal newsletter, and support Departmental communications-related activities in general.

Under the guidance of the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Manager and Deputy Head of Department for Research, the role holder will carry out internal and external facing communications in order to promote the achievements and activities of the Department, by producing high-quality and engaging digital and social media content to ensure its leading position is communicated to diverse internal and external audiences and stakeholder, including students, academics, industrial funders and potential donors. The role holder will be responsible for improving the Department's outreach potential by raising its profile and increasing its visibility, helping to improve diversity at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Digital Communication Coordinator will also coordinate the Plants @ Cambridge Communicators Group, which brings together communicators from plant biology-related entities across the University (such as the Crop Science Centre, Sainsbury Laboratory, Botanic Garden and Herbarium etc) to increase awareness and support coordination of activities, such as events at each other's institutions and international days to plan communications for. The Plants @ Cambridge activity is led out of the Department of Plant Sciences, with the Deputy Head of Department for Research the current Director, supported by the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Manager.

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

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Please quote reference PD40438 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Tue, 06/02/2024 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2028 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Research Laboratory Assistant with a background in plant molecular biology and genetics, whose primary role will be to support the research projects and contribute to the smooth running of the projects for Prof. Giles Oldroyd's research team at the Crop Science Centre within the Department of Plant Sciences. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody enthusiastic to support the ongoing research within the group, to join a 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 60 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between three established research groups and three fellows starting new research programs.

The laboratory research assistant will work closely with a group of other technicians under the management of the CSC Platform Manager to provide laboratory support for the research programme of the Oldroyd group. The postholder will contribute to the experimental work of students and postdocs associated with molecular biology protocols (cloning, RNA and DNA extractions, expression analysis) microscopy, histology, tissue culture, supporting the genetics platform (genotyping, sequencing analysis, plant husbandry and plant crosses) and supporting the smooth run of the CSC labs.

We are seeking to appoint an individual with strong organisational and communication skills, who take pride on their job and are team players. The successful candidate must have excellent attention to details and should have practical experience of specialised laboratory activities and excellent research background.

The role holder 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. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

The Crop Science Centre offer a positive and inclusive working environment with a generous annual leave entitlement and free parking on site.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Eleni Soumpourou(es771@cam.ac.uk).

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

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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 PD40428 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 30/01/2024 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2025 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate in Cassava Genetics to work with Prof Uta Paszkowski at the Crop Science Centre, starting early April 2024.

The Crop Science Centre which opened in October 2020 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.

Association of plant root systems with beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi can improve crop nutrition, growth and yield. Across different crop species, genetic variation exists that underpins the extent of benefit from the interaction. Despite its potential for improving crop performance sustainably, breeding programmes so far have not prioritised 'mycorrhizal responsiveness' as a target trait. In this short project, we wish to conduct an initial examination of Africa-relevant, genetically diverse Cassava lines for AM benefit. The projected work will involve a high-throughput metabolite-based screen combined with standard microscopic and physiological validation.

Applicants must have a solid background in plant genetics; available knowledge in basic bioinformatics, would be advantageous.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Paszkowski, up220@cam.ac.uk

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 PD40264 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician [Temporary Cover]

Mon, 29/01/2024 - 00:00

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 1 years or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earliest.

Applications are invited for an experienced a Research Laboratory Technician with a background in plant molecular biology and genetics, whose primary role will be to enable the successful operation of research projects and the smooth running of the projects for Prof. Giles Oldroyd's research team at the Crop Science Centre within the Department of Plant Sciences. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody enthusiastic to facilitate and support the research ongoing within the group, to join a 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 90 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between three established research groups and three fellows starting new research programs.

You will work collaboratively alongside with a group of research assistants, under the management of CSC Platform Manager and be required to take responsibility for the laboratory management tasks specific to Prof. Oldroyd's research team. This includes the induction and training of prospective lab members, the procurement of group consumables, managing and allocating lab spaces for the Oldroyd group members and maintaining collections of genetic materials. You will contribute to ensuring a safe working environment by preparing standard operating procedures, risk assessments and ensuring compliance with local health and safety rules You will also be able to contribute to the research programme of the Oldroyd group by supporting the experimental work of students and postdocs associated with molecular biology protocols (cloning, RNA and DNA extractions, expression analysis, CRISPR designs and development), executing genetics protocols and tasks (high throughput genotyping, Taqman assays, plant husbandry, crosses) and performing basic microscopy and histological tasks.

We are seeking to appoint an individual with strong organisational and communication skills, who takes pride on their job and is a team player. You must have excellent attention to details and should have practical experience of specialised laboratory activities and excellent research background. Experience in laboratory management and providing Laboratory H&S training would be also desirable.

The Crop Science Centre offer a positive and inclusive working environment with a generous annual leave entitlement and free parking on site.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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

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If you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact Dr Eleni Soumpourou, Platform Manager at es771@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PD40221 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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CSC Glasswashing Technician (Fixed Term)

Thu, 18/01/2024 - 00:00

The Crop Science Centre is seeking to recruit a Glass-washing and Lab Support Technician. The role holder will report to the Research Services Manager and will contribute to the smooth running of research activities.

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. Over 80 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between six research groups.

Purpose of the role To provide a daily service for the collection and washing up of dirty glassware, as well as for the processing of biological waste from labs and horticultural areas, including autoclaving and bleaching.

Key Responsibilities related to Glass-washing and labs and horticultural duties: Operation and routine maintenance of washing machines and autoclaves. Collect dirty glassware and biologically contaminated waste from collection point in lab.s Prepare glassware for machines and handwashing any glassware unsuitable for the machines. Restock glassware and plastic-ware. Operate autoclaves for lab biological waste, solid and liquid. Support running of horticultural areas by operating bleach tanks and when needed, autoclaves for horticultural waste and sand/soil.

Key Responsibilities related to the smooth running of the CSC:

The appointee will be part of a team to assist with maintaining general order and safety at CSC. Help to ensure safety regulations and codes of practice are implemented. Assist in ensuring the correct disposal of biological waste. Assist dealing with biological and chemical emergency incidents and accidents Willingness to provide support when demands are high, being a team player and working together with other technicians is essential.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr Susana Sauret-Gueto (ss2359@cam.ac.uk). Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form. Please include details of your referees, including e-mail ad-dress and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Edelmira Bell (eb788@cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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

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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 PD40164 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 12/01/2024 - 00:00

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral Research Associate to:

  • Develop AI strategies for parameter estimation in large-scale kinetic models of photosynthesis on existing datasets and newly acquired data for 20 C3 species

  • Characterize parameter uncertainty and specify additional data to be measured to improve estimation precision.

  • Identify photosynthetic improvement strategies using combinatorial mix-and-match metabolic strategy

Photosynthesis fixes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to drive growth of crops and natural vegetation, thus providing renewable supplies of food, fuel, medicine and fibre. Detailed kinetic models have been instrumental in identification of key rate-limiting steps in the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle, inform bioengineering strategies and have been proposed to help bridge the link between genome to phenome. However, the considerable complexity of these models (several 100s of coupled ordinary differential equations) has led to a major parameterization problem, both in terms of calibration data and parameter estimation methodology, severely limiting their usefulness for analysis of research data by the wider community. This project aims to dramatically increase the applicability of these detailed metabolic models for photosynthesis by applying state of the art AI methodology to obtain parameter estimates from existing minimal datasets (A/Ci and A/light curves).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 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 PD40091 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 12/01/2024 - 00:00

We are seeking a Post doctoral Research Associate to contribute to projects, investigate plant metabolic pathways and to enable biological production of high-value natural products using synthetic biology approaches. Plant specialised metabolites play vital roles in growth and adaptation to constantly changing environments, often by mediating resistance or attraction to other organisms. In addition, natural products remain one of the best sources of novel ingredients for medicines and industry.

Work in the Patron lab focusses on exploring metabolic diversity and understanding the intrinsic and emergent properties of gene regulatory elements, the role of network motifs and, ultimately, how phenotypes emerge from network functions. These two areas come together to develop plants as platforms for photosynthetic biomanufacturing, in which we reconstruct metabolic with regulatory elements and engineer endogenous genes to balance expression and maximise yield.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Bioengineering or a related subject. They will have an interest in plant metabolites/natural products, metabolic diversity, metabolic engineering or plant biotechnology and have experience in general molecular biology technique and biochemical laboratory methods. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and construction of synthetic metabolic circuits as well as the biochemical and molecular analysis of plants. They will also assist in the supervision of PhD students.

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

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Please quote reference PD40099 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Reception Office Administrator

Thu, 04/01/2024 - 00:00

We are seeking to recruit a Reception Office Administrator to act as a welcoming and efficient point of contact in the Department of Plant Sciences for staff, students and visitors. This a varied and interesting role in a friendly Department. Plant Sciences is part of the School of Biological Sciences. The Department has an international reputation and welcomes staff, students and visitors from across the world.

The role holder will provide reception and administrative support for the Department. Tasks will include producing Departmental Induction and Safety Handbooks, supporting the HR Co-ordinator with induction processes, updating the Department website and social media accounts, and compiling newsletter content. They will provide undergraduate course administration support such as responding to course enquiries and uploading teaching materials, working with the Undergraduate Teaching Administrator and the Teaching Co-ordinator. In addition, they will receive deliveries, oversee room bookings, and issue parking permits. For further details please read the further information document.

The successful candidate will have reception and/or administrative experience, with excellent customer service and communication skills. They will have knowledge of Microsoft Office. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and SharePoint would be an advantage. At Plant Sciences we offer an inclusive and supportive working environment, hybrid and flexible working opportunities, and the option to apply for on-site parking subject to certain criteria.

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 PD39991 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Crop Science Centre Senior Platform Technician (Fixed Term)

Wed, 03/01/2024 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Senior Platform technician to work with Dr Soumpourou, Platform Manager for the Crop Science Centre. The Crop Science Centre which opened in October 2020 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 60 staff and students are located at the Centre.

The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and interactive group of researchers and professional service staff and work with the CSC Platforms Manager to provide genomic services to researchers at the Crop Science Centre (CSC) and working in the international project Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA). Platform operations will include the delivery of multi- gene DNA assemblies in Agrobacterium from synthesized modules using Golden Gate and the genetic selection of plant lines including nucleic acid purification from leaf material for genotyping, copy-number determination, and gene-expression analysis.

The role holder will work with the CSC Platform Manager, the Senior Research Assistant and the other 3 laboratory technicians to provide genomic services to researchers at the Crop Science Centre (CSC) and working in the international project Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA). The platforms serve to create and characterize genetically-engineered plant lines from the design of DNA constructs to the characterization of homozygous engineered and CRISPR edited plant lines. platform service environment, preparing media stocks and sterile working practices (bacteria or plant tissue culture) is essential. Practical experience in performing high-throughput DNA extractions as well as preparing AGL1 and DH5a competent cells would be advantageous. Experience in lab management such as maintaining and servicing lab equipment and/or organizing procurement of lab consumables would be desirable.

The role holder will develop protocols, troubleshoot techniques and deliver projects supporting the research teams in DNA construct assembly and plant genotyping. The Senior Platform Technician will also work with another Platform Technician to support the daily operation of the platforms and contribute to the general running of the CSC laboratory.

The role holder will also be required to develop PCR, TaqMan assays, optimize construct assembly designs, develop restriction digest profiles and undertake routine Sanger sequencing. The role holder will also enhance the throughput and efficiency of the platforms by implementing protocols for DNA extraction, PCR set up and sequencing using automated liquid handling equipment.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to support the research programme of individual postdoctoral researchers.

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

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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 PD39983 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Wed, 20/12/2023 - 00:00

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Beverley Glover.

The project focuses on how flowers produce iridescent colours through nanoscale cuticle patterning. We have developed a model suggesting that cuticle structure, chemistry and stiffness allow the petal surface to buckle, producing nanoscale ridges that diffract light. In this project we will test this model using molecular genetic approaches. We have developed the petal of Hibiscus trionum as a model system for this work, and all tools are in place to allow rapid progress, including a reliable and efficient transformation system. The main objectives of the project are:

1.To use transgenic approaches to perturb cuticle and cell wallchemistry, to understand how fine-tuning of the cuticle compositionaffects the emergent properties of the system and leads to theformation of different patterns. 2.To conduct a mutant screen to identify novel genetic loci involved incuticle patterning.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist. Strong molecular genetic skills are essential. Experience with microscopy and with emerging genetic models would be an advantage, as would experience of cuticle chemistry.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Please quote reference PD39846 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Part Time & Fixed Term)

Tue, 19/12/2023 - 00:00

A part time research associate position is available working in the Crop Science Centre supervised by Dr Eves-van den Akker. The group recently discovered a gene with a thousand alleles: the HYPer-variable effectors of plant-parasitic nematodes. This discovery is important because: 1) we think a gene with a thousand alleles is independently interesting, especially considering the fascinating and bewildering sets of "rules" that govern the variation and; 2) perhaps more importantly, we think these data point to a mechanism that might be much more important in the long term. We cannot easily explain the observations described without new biology that itself could be transformative ¿ what we think is happening is an extant mechanism that can "edit" or "shuffle" parts of a gene, is strictly bounded by rules, is flawless in its execution, and understands frame of the somatic genome. Genetic variation underpins evolution. Programming genetic variation (e.g. CRISPR, TALENs, etc.) can be extremely impactful, even far outside the field in which it is discovered. This position will build preliminary data to support a wider programme of research on HYP effectors.

The successful applicant will have experience in bioinformatics, and be familiar with general computational methods and technologies in the biosciences. They will also require academic experience with somatic mutation in any system. Previous experience of working with plant parasitic nematodes is not required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements. We expect the position to be available for 40% full time (14.8 hrs per week).

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Please upload a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role and CV (2 page limit per document).

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 PD39873 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Crop Science Centre Senior Research Fellow (Fixed Term)

Mon, 18/12/2023 - 00:00

We are looking for an aspirational, passionate and impact-driven scientist for a Research Fellowship as an early-career investigator to develop an independent research programme. The fellowships will run for 3 years in the first instance, with an extension for up to a further two years dependent on review and funding (5 years maximum). The Fellowship must focus on research with potential for impact in small-holder farming systems, in particular improving climate resilience for nutrient-rich crops, for instance legumes. We particularly invite applications from researchers working on crops of relevance to small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

We are looking for an energetic and intelligent individual that is passionate about creating positive change in agriculture. We will consider applicants who have recently completed their PhD, have postdoctoral experience or those who already lead independent research programmes, but wish to move more into impact-focused research. Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence for commitment to recognising impact from their research. This can be in the form of publications, patents, products, vision and community empowerment.

The position includes salary for 5 years for the fellow and some funds to help support research. The post-holder will join the Crop Science Centre, a vibrant new centre that focuses on research with potential for impact in the sustainability and equity of global food production.

We strive for a diverse and creative environment and wish to broaden representation in the agricultural sciences. We welcome a diversity of applicants and have developed an application process that removes, as much as possible, any bias in selection.

*NB: The status of Senior Research Fellow is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the School of Biological Sciences.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Communications Coordinator (Fixed Term)

Tue, 14/11/2023 - 00:00

The Centre for Landscape Regeneration (CLR) and the Conservation Research Institute (CRI) are seeking to recruit an experienced and skilled individual to plan and deliver impactful and concise communications activities. You will help us to effectively convey our aims, ambitions, and achievements to a wide internal and external audience, including researchers, collaborators, internal and external stakeholders, policy makers and research funders. You will be responsible for ensuring clear, professional and up-to-date website content, social media, newsletters and publicity materials promoting events and seminars.

The hours are flexible and available for up to 2.5 days per week (0.5 FTE). An initial contract is fixed term for 1 year, with the possibility to extend.

An in-depth scientific background is not required for this role, but an interest in the environment and conservation, and a passion to engage others in these would be beneficial.

You will have good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. You will be organised, with an ability to prioritise and move between tasks as needed.

As Communications Coordinator, you will be responsible for supporting and implementing the CRI and CLR's communication strategies. You will play a crucial role in communicating the aims, ambitions and achievements of each of the centres, ensuring that all internal and external communications are clear and engaging. You will work in collaboration with researchers across both centres, other communications teams across the different departments and across the wider University.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We also support family-friendliness, and we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible working arrangements. The role is based at the David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge. We practice a hybrid working model and although staff can work at home, regular office attendance in Cambridge will be required.

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

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

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Undergraduate Teaching Administrator

Fri, 10/11/2023 - 00:00

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Plant Sciences to join the Department administration team as our Undergraduate Teaching Administrator. Plant Sciences is part of the School of Biological Sciences. The Department has an international reputation and welcomes staff, students and visitors from across the world. There are 185 staff including Teaching Officers, Research Fellows, postdoctoral researchers and professional services staff. Over 100 postgraduate students are involved in PhD and MPhil research programmes.

This key student-facing role supports the Teaching Co-ordinator, Natural Sciences Tripos organisers, and teaching technicians, in the efficient organisation and delivery of all aspects of undergraduate teaching. They are a point of contact for students and staff and provide administrative support to the Department Teaching Committee and to course management and consultative committees. They organise annual field courses (one UK-based and one in Portugal), arrange student recruitment sessions, and produce course publicity material and student handbooks.

This is a varied and interesting role for a motivated individual. The successful candidate will have previous administrative experience in an educational environment. They will have strong IT skills and be an excellent communicator. They will enjoy working both within a team and independently, be able to prioritise efficiently and to meet regular deadlines. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment), Panopto (online video recording system) and other University computing systems such as CamSIS (student records system) is desirable.

In Plant Sciences we offer a friendly, inclusive and supportive environment, with hybrid and flexible working opportunities, and the option to apply for on-site parking subject to certain criteria. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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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Please quote reference PD39355 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Purchasing & Stores Supervisor

Mon, 06/11/2023 - 00:00

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking applications for a Purchasing & Stores Supervisor following the retirement of the existing role holder.

The new role holder will be responsible for the co-ordination of all procurement activities in the Department, including overseeing large capital purchases and running tender processes alongside the management of day-to-day purchasing. The role holder will also administer the Stores section, managing a small team, and will be responsible for implementing and maintaining detailed records of all stock held and the purchase of items as needed to replenish consumables.

Experience in a purchasing environment is essential, preferably in a scientific setting. Candidates must also have experience in the use of procurement applications (ideally Oracle based) and stock management tools in addition to expert knowledge of the purchasing cycle and the key roles within it. Knowledge of Health and Safety procedures is desirable to ensure compliance with University regulations, together with previous experience in managing high-value purchases and line management of staff. Candidates must be educated to at least A-level standard or equivalent, to include GCSE English Language and Mathematics. A professional purchasing qualification such as CIPS Level 4 or similar would be desirable.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organisational skills, with a positive, service-oriented attitude and be highly competent in standard Microsoft Office software and email packages. They will be able to work independently as well as in a team and have a pro-active approach to problem solving. Attention to detail, a high level of accuracy, and effective time management are essential.

The post is full time and available to start from mid January 2024.

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

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Interviews will be held w/c 11 December 2023.

Please quote reference PD38938 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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