Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Quantitative Genetics & Crop Breeding)

University of Dundee - Plant Sciences

Plant biomass such as waste straw could be a renewable feedstock for production of ‘green’ fuels and chemicals. The current position requires a postdoctoral research assistant who will work to improve the quality of barley and wheat straw for this purpose. GWAS and TILLING will be used to identify and validate useful genes, and advanced breeding methods to move these forward towards the development of pre-commercial cultivars.

The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team within the BBSRC / InnovateUK funded project MaxBio (Maximizing Conversion Yields in Biorefining) which aims to optimize the bio refining pipeline from feedstock to product and make it more economically competitive with oil refining. The project is a collaboration between Profs. Claire Halpin and Robbie Waugh at the University of Dundee, and colleagues at the Universities of Nottingham and York, along with several industrial partners. The successful applicant will work in Dundee in one of Europe’s strongest life science research environments.

A background in plant quantitative genetics or molecular breeding is essential and the successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant discipline.

The post is based in Plant Sciences within the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. The Plant Science laboratories are housed at the near-by James Hutton Institute.

This position is available for 3 years in the first instance.

More information about the Divisions of Plant Sciences, University of Dundee and The James Hutton Institute can be found in the following websites:

A few facts about The University of Dundee:

  • The School of Life Sciences was the top-rated university biology department in the UK in the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework.
  • The School of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 59 countries and external funding in excess of £40 million per year.
  • Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine.
  • The School of Life Sciences has outstanding laboratory and technological infrastructure.
  • The James Hutton Institute has state-of-the art plant growth facilities and research strengths in cereal genomics and bioinformatics.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. It has a high standard, but relatively low-cost, of living.

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD in which case the initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £30,175).

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.

We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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