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Research Associate in Plant Bioelectronics (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Plant Sciences

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,816 - £40,322
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd May 2020
Closes: 22nd June 2020
Job Ref: PD23121

A position is open for a postdoctoral research associate based at the OpenPlant Laboratory in Cambridge in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.

The position to conduct research using miniature bioelectronic sensors implanted into plant tissue, and measure the state of the surrounding soil using plants as in situ chemical laboratories. Small low-cost sensors, including implanted electronics and regenerative coating will be screen-printed, and directly grafted into plant tissues. A number of biological tools are available to promote and observe the regeneration process. Screen printing recipes and other enabling techniques will be shared with the public through the Open Science Framework. Public use of these results will be further fostered by funded kits distributed to teams through the international BioMaker and OpenPlant programs.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant biology and/or electronics, including a PhD degree in a relevant area. Experience with biological manipulations, microscopy and handling of electronics will be an advantage.

OpenPlant is a BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is based in the United Kingdom and is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich. The OpenPlant SBRC is focused on the development of open foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application for engineering new traits in crop systems. The initiative promotes two-tier intellectual property models to accelerate innovation, global sharing and responsible innovation (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months full time or up to 13 January 2023 if working part time at 17.5 hours per week. Working more hours per week is possible so please indicate on your application your desired working pattern.

Please upload your CV, publication list and cover letter to make your application.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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For any queries on the position please contact Del Hawtin
Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD23121 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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