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Research Associate in Plant-Fungal Symbioses

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - School of Biosciences

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th September 2021
Closes: 4th October 2021
Job Ref: UOS029975


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher for this exciting ERC-funded post as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Sheffield, The Natural History Museum, London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As a research associate in the laboratory of Professor Katie Field, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, you will be an essential member of the team working on an ERC funded project entitled “A mycorrhizal revolution: The role of diverse symbiotic fungi in modern terrestrial ecosystems”.

Recently, it was revealed that Mucoromycotina “fine root endophyte” (MFRE) fungi form mutualistic symbioses with a wide variety of plants, spanning the entire land plant phylogeny. Much of the fundamental biology of MFRE remains unknown, preventing us from understanding the true complexity, function and significance of plant-fungal symbioses in modern terrestrial ecosystems. The project will explore the fundamental knowledge gaps surrounding functional significance of plant-MFRE symbioses using a multi-scale approach, including lab experiments, field studies and microscopy. You will design and conduct field work and extensive experimental campaigns to uncover the diversity and function of MFRE symbionts across a range of plants and ecosystems.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in plant science, soil science, ecology, biochemistry or a related discipline. You should have strong analytical and experimental skills and must have the ability to work well independently and as part of team, together with excellent time management, laboratory and communication skills.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organizations 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.

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