Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Engineering Synthetic Symbioses

University of Oxford - Department of Plant Sciences

South Parks Road, Oxford

Applications are invited for a 15 month postdoctoral position, funded by the BBSRC on the project ‘Engineering synthetic symbioses between plants and bacteria to deliver nitrogen to crops’. BBSRC in collaboration with NSF has funded a large multi-million dollar collaboration between six research groups from UK and USA, led by Professor Philip Poole to use synthetic biology to engineer associative and endophytic bacteria to fix N2 in the rhizosphere and endosphere of cereals. The work is to be conducted in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB.

Responsibilities/duties to: plan, troubleshoot, and expertly execute the research work involved in this project; actively foster the intellectual environment of the research group through interaction with colleagues and discussion of data and relevant literature at Lab meetings and journal clubs; contribute to the daily organisation and management of the research laboratory; prepare data and contribute to preparation of manuscripts for publication; supervise research students; work with national and international collaborators.

Applicants should have: experience of: molecular biology, bacterial genetics, microbiology and or plant biology, biochemistry; high motivation; relevant PhD (or be very close to obtaining) or equivalent and publication record; ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks; ability to assimilate and evaluate the relevant literature and its implications; willingness and ability to communicate with colleagues; social responsibility in the laboratory; statistical and data analysis skills; ability to present data; ability to write effectively; experience of protein purification and antibody analysis.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Poole:

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 24 November 2017. 

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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