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Molecular PCN Resistance Researcher

The James Hutton Institute

Location: Dundee
Salary: £31,522
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 8th November 2021

This is a temporary, full time vacancy that will close in a month at 23:59 BST.

The Vacancy

Main Purpose of Job

The postholder will identity and characterise new resistances against Potato Cyst Nematodes in wild potato species and develop markers for existing resistances to enable marker assisted selection in potato breeding programs. Specifically, the postholder will characterise and mobilise novel resistances against Globodera pallida and G. rostochiensis from the Commonwealth Potato Collection. Further, the postholder will develop and implement informative markers to track in potato breeding programs the disease resistance genes Gpa5, H3 and H1. The postholder will be part of a larger team of researchers and breeders that aim to develop PCN resistant potato cultivars as part of a Scottish Government initiative.  

Main Duties of Postholder

  • Phenotype wild potato species for resistances against Globodera pallida and G. rostochiensis
  • Genetically characterise and mobilise new resistances
  • Identify sequence polymorphisms linked to H1, H3 and Gpa5 resistance genes
  • Develop KASP markers associated with resistances
  • Assessment of pre-breeding material for PCN resistance



  • PhD in biology
  • Molecular biology skills


  • Experience in pathology and plant phenotyping
  • Computational analysis skills
  • Genetic skills

Other Skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work in larger teams

Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The Company

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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