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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant Development Biology

Durham University - Department of Biosciences

Location: Durham
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th May 2021
Closes: 31st May 2021
Job Ref: 21000433

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant Developmental Biology with a particular emphasis on vascular development in Arabidopsis. The research project, funded by BBSRC, is led by Dr. Peter Etchells in collaboration with Dr. Ari Pekka Mähönen at the University of Helsinki. The aim is to elucidate the modes of action of receptor kinases in cambium initiation using a combination of genetic, genomic, biochemical and imaging approaches.

The successful applicant will be expected to lead the project with the supervisor and take responsibility for all aspects of the laboratory programme:

Responsibilities :

  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.
  • To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.
  • To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.
  • To keep accurate records of data and materials produced during the project.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

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