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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in Plant Metabolic Engineering

Lancaster University - Photosynthesis Team, Lancaster Environment Centre

Location: Lancaster
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th August 2021
Closes: 20th September 2021
Job Ref: A3503

Contract: Indefinite with end date

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in plant metabolic engineering at the Lancaster photosynthesis research team under the supervision of Prof Elizabete Carmo-Silva. This position is part of the project PhotoBoost, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to improve the photosynthetic performance and productivity of two essential C3 crops: potatoes and rice.

You will have a genuine interest and the curiosity to pursue new research avenues in photosynthesis engineering. With training and support, you will be responsible for the testing and engineering of photosynthetic enzymes in vitro; and the molecular, biochemical, and physiological characterisation of genetically engineered potato plants with stacked traits for photosynthetic improvement under diverse environmental conditions. You will design and carry out experimental and computational work, analyse data, present results in oral and written form and lead the preparation of scientific manuscripts.

You will join a collaborative and supportive team and have access to state-of-the-art resources, including a well-equipped lab for plant molecular biology and biochemistry work using ionising radiation, and the Lancaster High End Computing (HEC) Cluster. Professional development opportunities and training courses to broaden your expertise and skills will be encouraged and are covered by the project.

Individuals from all diversity groups are encouraged to apply. LEC offers a collegial and stimulating environment for career development, based on departmental values and embedded Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) considerations and actions. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Furthermore, we are active and progressive around sustainability, wellbeing and social justice agendas.

Timeframe:

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 42 months.

We anticipate interviews will be held in September 2021.

To apply for this post:

In reading your application documents, we are assessing if you are a good fit to this position and if this position is a good fit for you. To be able to do this, we need you to tell us about your expertise and experience to date, and your research interests. We want to know about the skills you had the opportunity to develop, put within the context of your previous study/work environment by, for example, briefly describing the research facilities available to you, and whether you had opportunities to attend conferences/scientific meetings and develop transferable skills. Please let us know if you have had a career break for any reason so that we can consider the achievements listed on your CV, including your publication record, in relation to these factors.

For enquiries relating to this post, please contact:

Prof Elizabete Carmo-Silva, e.carmosilva@lancaster.ac.uk.

Further details on our research and team are available here:

www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/elizabete-carmo-silva

wp.lancs.ac.uk/lancsphotosynthesis

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