Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Engineering enhanced photosynthesis in C3 plants

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Posting date: 20 September 2019
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 20 October 2019
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
Job type: Contract
Job reference: 143076

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The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with an end date of 2 May 2022, funded by the BBSRC. This grant is held by Professor Steve Kelly and the work is to be conducted in his lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. The research topic is ‘Activation of non-photosynthetic leaf cells for improved productivity’.

This project concerns the construction and analysis of transgenic rice and Arabidopsis plants that have altered gene regulatory networks for photosynthesis. Several transgenic lines have already been generated and are ready for analysis in this project and more can/will be generated. A number of these lines have enhanced photosynthetic rates, grow faster, and produce more biomass. The aim of this project is to dissect the molecular mechanisms that facilitate this enhanced growth and productivity, and to design novel lines to enhance this productivity further.

The postholder should have a PhD or equivalent, or be close to completion, in a relevant area, the ability to write well-crafted scientific papers, good statistical and data analysis skills and excellent communication skills. Experience in molecular biology, analysis of photosynthesis function and plant phenotyping (particularly with rice and/or Arabidopsis) is essential. Experience with genome-editing, and plant tissue culture and transformation are considered desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 1st November 2019.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Kelly at

Excellent benefits include 38 days’ leave. A full-time position, 37.5 hours per week.

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