Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Sainsbury Laboratory

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position in the group of Dr Edwige Moyroud at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University, to test whether selected genes play a part in the formation of patterns on petal epidermis.

The successful applicant will be part of a group that investigates the multiscale mechanisms of petal patterning using Hibiscus trionum as a new model system. This work will require studying gene expression at various stages of petal development using quantitative PCR in diverse ecotypes of Hibiscus trionum and closely related species. This role will also require extensive application of high-throughput cloning methods to construct plant transformation vectors to produce transgenic plants.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in plant biology, molecular cell biology or a related discipline. A master's degree in a relevant subject is desirable. A strong foundation in molecular cloning and quantitative PCR analysis is required, alongside a willingness and ability to work with an emerging model system and new methodologies. Advanced knowledge of, and experience in the following areas is desirable: evolutionary biology, plant tissue culture, protein analysis and microscopy.

The successful applicant will be a strong team player, highly solution orientated and self-motivated. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, alongside the ability to work independently and with others, with a high degree of accuracy including outstanding record keeping and good IT literacy. The lab is developing as an interdisciplinary team and strong communication skills are required to interact with group members with different scientific backgrounds.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees can be found at:

The post is available immediately.

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV and a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Moyroud at

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PT13555 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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