Research Assistant/Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Plant Sciences

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based in the Evolution and Diversity Group at Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr Samuel Brockington.

The appointee will work on the evolution of specialised plant metabolism in Caryophyllales, particularly on the evolution of betalain pigmentation. The appointee will 1) conduct and coordinate research, 2) interact closely with a bioinformatican, 3) interact with and mentor talented undergraduate and graduate students, 4) participate in lab meetings, and 5) write up results from experiments for publication in a timely manner.

Candidates must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in a relevant biological discipline. You should demonstrate an excellent background in molecular genetics, plant metabolism, and biochemistry. Experience working with the genetic transformation Beta vulgaris and Nicotiana tabacum will be desirable. Experience in a range of biochemical techniques including protein expression, HPLC and GCMS is essential. An ability to both work independently and communicate effectively is required. The candidate will have a strong publication record, including first author publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the submission date of their thesis.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year 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 upload your CV and covering letter to support your application.

Please note if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD14068 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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