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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade (E), depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd January 2019
Closes: 19th February 2019
Job Ref: P66260

The post

We wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Dr Vinod Kumar. This post is available immediately from April 2019 for two years. We are seeking a colleague who is driven and passionate about innovative biological research. The successful applicant should have a PhD in Molecular Plant Biology (or equivalent) with an excellent track record as evidenced by good quality original publications. Successful appointee will work on a multidisciplinary project to dissect the molecular mechanism of environmental signal integration. The project is envisaged to include genetic, molecular and biochemical analyses in Arabidopsis to elucidate the fundamental principles that define seasonal signal (e.g. temperature and light) perception and integration of environmental signalling to coordinate growth and immunity. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team are essential. The post-holder will conduct original research, analyse data and timely prepare reports and manuscripts for publications. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to attend seminars/conferences both locally and elsewhere to present their work. For informal inquiries please contact Dr Vinod Kumar (

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to work independently as well as part of a team to conduct original research.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

For further information please contact Dr Vinod Kumar, e-mail or telephone (01392) 727504.

What we can offer you

Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;

Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly

An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development

Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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