Research Associate

University of Bristol - School of Biological Sciences

An experienced postdoctoral researcher is required to carry out a project on the viruses of Cassava brown streak disease. Cassava brown streak disease causes losses up to 100% and typically >60-70% of root harvest in susceptible varieties, as well as substantial losses through reducing the market value due to necrotic lesions. CBSD has become an extremely serious constraint to cassava production in East Africa as well as a threat to cassava production throughout Africa. CBSD is listed as one of the seven most dangerous plant diseases in the world for the impact it can have on food and economic security throughout Africa.

This post is part of a collaborative team working on vector-borne plant diseases - in particular plant viruses - and will be based in the School of Biological Sciences in the laboratory of Professor Gary Foster and Dr Andy Bailey and working in close collaboration with academics at University of Greenwich, and research groups across Africa.

The overall aim of this interdisciplinary program is to generate and exploit infectious clones (ICs) to viruses of cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) to ensure sustainable cassava production in Africa. The main responsibilities of the post will be to explore viral genome sequences to generate a panel of chimeric ICs consisting of interchanged genes between CBSV and UCBSV, in addition to a panel of mutated individual genes, to study gene function. Working in collaboration with other members of the wider team, the biological activity of viral genes will be assessed.

You should have a PhD in any of the life science areas, or a closely related discipline, and will have significant experience and knowledge of molecular biology. You will be joining a large and vibrant research team, led jointly by Professor Gary Foster and Dr Andy Bailey, that work on a range of scientific areas.

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Professor Gary Foster (email: Gary.Foster@bristol.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Tuesday 2 January, 2018.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. 

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