Post-doctoral Research Assistant in Plant-Microbe Interactions

Aberystwyth University - Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Fixed term for 18 months

Job Description

To promote a flexible workforce, the University will consider applications from individuals seeking full time, part time, job share, or term time only working arrangements.

Applications are invited for a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to join the Farrar laboratory at IBERS, Aberystwyth University.

The overall aim of the Newton Fund project ‘Understanding and Exploiting Biological Nitrogen Fixation for Improvement of Brazilian Agriculture’ is to develop innovative technologies to increase crop productivity in Brazil using nitrogen-fixing bacteria as a sustainable source of fixed nitrogen. The post holder will join a network of UK and Brazilian researchers working closely together as a Virtual Joint Centre (http://ubnfc.org/).

The PDRA at Aberystwyth will characterise novel bacterial endophytes for biological nitrogen fixation and plant growth promotion potential. The plant microbiome is under growing interest as a source of beneficial plant traits beyond the plant genome. Interactions between isolated bacteria and crop plants will be studied in detail, including under limiting nutrient and water conditions in the National Plant Phenomics Centre at Aberystwyth (https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/about-us/facilities/national_plant_phenomics_centre/), and genetic components will be determined via transcriptome analysis. Colonisation will be followed microscopically. Selected bacterial strains conferring significant benefit to plant performance will be sequenced and the genomes analysed.

The research is co-funded by the Newton Fund via the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Brazilian National Council for State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) and will be undertaken in the well-equipped laboratories of the Institute of Biological, Rural and Environmental Sciences (IBERS, http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/), Aberystwyth University under the supervision of Dr Kerrie Farrar (https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/staff-profiles/listing/profile/kkf/).

To make an informal enquiry please contact Dr Farrar on 01970 823097 or kkf@aber.ac.uk.

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