Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Chloroplast Protein Import and Stress

University of Oxford - Department of Plant Sciences

University of Oxford
South Parks Road

Applications are invited for an 18 month postdoctoral position, funded by the BBSRC on the project ‘Chloroplast protein import and stress’. The human population is growing rapidly and set to reach 9 billion by 2050, and there is ever increasing pressure on natural resources. Consequently, the drivers for increased crop yields and for resilience to climate change and sub-optimal growing conditions are stronger than ever. To meet these demands it will be essential to develop improved crop varieties. Through our research on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress), we have made significant breakthroughs that may have important implications for food security. 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. To actively foster the intellectual environment of the research group through interaction with colleagues and discussion of project data in the context of the relevant literature at lab meetings. To contribute to the daily organisation and management of the research laboratory. To analyse and prepare data and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication. To supervise research students in the group.

Applicants should have: Experience of: molecular biology, proteomics, post-translational modifications analysis, and/or protein biochemistry. High motivation with intellectual curiosity and rigour. A PhD (or be very close to obtaining one) or equivalent, and publication record in relevant area. 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 and to assist their work. Social responsibility in the laboratory. Statistical and data analysis skills relevant to the project. Ability to present data to colleagues and non-specialist audiences. Also; Experience of plant biology research. Experience of research on chloroplasts and/or other subcellular organelles. Ability to write effectively.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Jarvis at:

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 19 December 2017.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


South East England