Research Associate in Plant Molecular Biology

University of Cambridge - Department of Plant Sciences

As part of the OpenPlant Project ( we are looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to engineer circadian rhythms in the model plant Marchantia.

OpenPlant is a joint initiative between the University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre, TSL and the Earlham Institute, funded by BBSRC and EPSRC. OpenPlant is a synthetic biology programme that promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and conservation.

We are seeking to hire a trained plant molecular biologist to contribute to the foundational tools and trait engineering programmes of OpenPlant. Synthetic parts will be developed for the measurement and manipulation of circadian rhythms in the model plant Marchantia. The PDRA will use and contribute new tools to the OpenPlant parts library to permit the measurement, perturbation and visualisation of circadian rhythms using luminescent and fluorescent probes with advanced image analysis algorithms. The developed parts will be used to understand and engineer entrainment, which is the pathway by which circadian clocks synchronise with the environment.

You should have a PhD is a relevant subject. Experience of molecular genetics, including RNA analysis, making transgenic lines and handling transgenic organisms is essential. Knowledge of circadian rhythms in Arabidopsis is desirable.

Contact Professor Alex Webb for further details

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

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