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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,866 to £33,797 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st January 2020
Closes: 20th February 2020
Job Ref: UOS025187

Contract Type:  Fixed term until 30 September 2022 in the first instance.

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 university?

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology for someone with a passion for plant science looking to use their skills in biochemistry and plant physiology to make an impact on understanding photosynthetic regulation in Arabidopsis.

You will work in the group of Dr Matt Johnson (, which is embedded within the larger Photosynthesis research grouping at Sheffield which also includes the laboratories of Professor Neil Hunter FRS and Dr Andrew Hitchcock. We are well known internationally for our research, and are one of the largest Photosynthesis research groups in the UK.

The aim of this project is to identify the metabolic factors that that regulate STN7 kinase activity and so thylakoid membrane stacking [Wood et al., Plant Physiology 2019; Nature Plants 2018] using a combination of plant biochemistry and physiology, proteomics, metabolomics and fluorescence microscopy.

The Johnson lab is well equipped for all aspects of the project with world-level plant growth facilities at the Sir David Read Controlled Environment facility (, and the Wolfson Fluorescence microscopy centre ( and biochemical and mass spectrometry facilities as well as the latest DUAL-KLAS-NIR PAM fluorimeter.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD (or who are close to completion/ have equivalent experience), with a background in plant biochemistry and or plant physiology. You should have general biochemistry skills, including analytical gels like SDS PAGE and BN PAGE, preparation of membranes and absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. You should also have experience of plant growth and maintenance.          

A major part of the project will involve chlorophyll florescence and gas exchange analysis on leaves to understand the physiological state of the plants, therefore prior experience with these techniques would be a definite advantage. Since this project involves metabolomics and proteomics, it also provides an excellent opportunity to develop your skills in mass spectrometry sample preparation and analysis.

If you are passionate about plant science, then we would love to hear from you.

The position is fixed term until 30 September 2022 in the first instance. There is the potential of an extension to 28 February 2023 subject to funding.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

To find out what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work, watch this short film:, and follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information.

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