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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Engineering C4 Photosynthesis

University of Oxford - Department of Plant Sciences

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 p.a. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2019
Closes: 13th December 2019
Job Ref: 143829

Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Plant Cell Biology for up to 5 years. The supporting grant is held by Professor Steve Kelly and the work is to be conducted in his lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB.

The postholder will be a highly motivated individual who will use genome engineering technologies to engineer specific C4 photosynthesis traits into rice. The project is part of a larger collaborative programme that aims to engineer C4 photosynthesis into rice (see: The postdoctoral researcher will make use of rice plants and will also make use of transfected protoplasts in a novel high throughput screens to accelerate design and test cycles. The postdoctoral researcher will also conduct bioinformatic analysis of datasets related to C4 rice engineering.

Responsibilities include design and development of genetic constructs for genome engineering in rice and testing these in rice protoplasts before ultimately deploying these technologies in rice plants. The postholder will also generate and analyses bioinformatic datasets (such as RNAseq and genome sequencing) to validate successful engineering events. Advanced bioinformatics skills are not essential and training in bioinformatics can be provided. The postholder will be expected to collaborate with other members of the consortium.

The postholder should have a PhD or equivalent, or be close to completion, in a relevant area; a publication record that is commensurate with experience; and extensive experience of molecular biology preferably including genome editing technologies such as CRISPR. See further particulars for more detailed selection criteria.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Kelly:

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 13 December 2019.

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