Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal & Plant Sciences and Department of Chemistry

Fixed-Term for 12 months with an immediate start date.

You will conduct a programme of laboratory and field research, data analysis, and the drafting of papers for scientific journals based on these results, as laid out by the consortium work plan. You will work under the supervision of the investigators, and in collaboration with the project business development manager and postgraduate students undertaking research projects linked to the project, and other staff of the consortium partners in Oman.

You will have a PhD in plant genetics, or molecular plant-microbe interactions, or plant-soil-interactions (or equivalent experience). You will have significant experience in three or more of the following: plant or microbial physiology or metabolomics, plant genetics, molecular plant-microbe interactions, plant-mycorrhiza and/or bacteria interactions, crop response to pathogens/insect pests, manufacture of polyurethane foam. You will have undertaken aseptic culture work involving plant-microbe interactions including mycorrhizal fungi and/or rhizobacteria.

In this British Council Institutional Links-funded project the we will examine innovations in soil-less, enhanced hydroponic growth media, drawing on world leading research undertaken by the research consortium. We will optimise recyclable polymer foams as synthetic soils for cultivation of high value horticultural crops. Various crops will be grown under a matrix of different environmental conditions ('soil' type, CO2 concentration, light intensity and duration, humidity, and temperature), and the optimum conditions returning the highest yield for each crop will be determined. These optimum conditions are based on joint experiments conducted in Sheffield's Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility (a world-leading climate controlled plant growth facility representing investment of £10.4 million by the Joint Infrastructure fund) and replicated in the demonstration growing facilities at Oman.

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