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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Biosciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th December 2018
Closes: 3rd February 2019
Job Ref: 80344

Full time, fixed term for 3 years

3 year postdoctoral vacancy using a combination of mathematical modelling and synthetic biology with the overall goal of synchronizing the germination of populations of seeds is current open. The vast majority of plant agriculture begins with the planting of a seed. The rapid and uniform germination of seeds is necessary to ensure harvest dates and suppress competition from weeds. The germination of crop seeds is not however always uniform, a problem exacerbated by variable environmental conditions (Mitchell et al. 2016, J. Exp Bot). This BBSRC-funded postdoc position in the labs of Prof. George Bassel and Dr. Iain Johnston seeks to uncover mechanisms underpinning the heterogeneity of germination in model and crop seeds.

This is a continuation of our previous work:

https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/early/2017/05/31/1704745114.full.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938590/pdf/rsif20180042.pdf

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Day to day responsibility for the conduct and satisfactory progress of the research.
  • To manage the day-to-day research objectives of the associated technician who will be hired as part of the project, under the overall supervision of Professor George Bassel.
  • Contribute ideas and be involved with the longer term planning of the project in consultation with Dr. Bassel.
  • Keep meticulous digital and hard copy experimental records using each a paper and an online wiki-based notebook.
  • Use computational software to analyse inferred networks and perform quantitative analyses of 3D reconstructions of plant cells.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline.
  • Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
  • Attend and participate in meetings by Skype and conference call with international collaborators.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters.

Person specification:

  • PhD in the area of plant biology Plant molecular genetics.
  • Confocal microscopy.
  • Molecular Cloning.
  • Computer skills including programming.
  • Plant cell biology.
  • Ability to design, execute and write up experimental work independently and to troubleshoot failed experiments.
  • Ability to deal with quantitative aspects of plant growth and development.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team or independently as required.
  • Willingness to learn new experimental/intellectual techniques, in particular new computer programs.
  • Motivation and commitment.
  • Good time management skills, ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Able to communicate effectively with supervisors and collaborators.
  • An understanding of the issues of confidentiality and to conduct themselves in a manner that protects any confidential information in their possession.

Informal enquiries to Professor George Bassel, g.w.bassel@bham.ac.uk

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote the appropriate Job Ref in all enquiries, alternatively information can be obtained from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx

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