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Research Assistant (3 year fixed term contract)


Location: Cambridge
Salary: £24,770 to £32,682 per annum depending on qualifications, skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 27th October 2021
Job Ref: T/388

Applications are invited for a research assistant in the Crop Molecular Physiology and pathology, at NIAB Cambridge Crop Research, starting in January 2022.

The post-holder will work 50% of their time on a BBSRC funded project that aims at exploring the regulation of nitrogen responsiveness ( and how it is dampened under increasing nitrogen availability, in a crop relevant to worldwide food security. Working on wheat, we will make use available mutant lines as well as developing new genetic material to explore the role of phytohormones in nitrogen responsiveness. For the remaining 50%, the post-holder will work on a number of research projects in the plant pathology group where a similar skill set is needed. Working on a range of host and pathogens systems, the post-holder will deliver part of a BBSRC-LINK project and a number of industry funded programmes.

The successful candidate must hold a BSc in a discipline relevant to plants and agriculture and have excellent organisation and record keeping skills.

The postholder will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively. Within the group, our approach to training is characterised by thinking across scales, from the gene to the whole field. NIAB offers an exciting environment to develop as researchers and also to further develop professional skills (e.g. NIAB has a track record of public engagement, including open days and in- house events open to farmers and the wider public which give an opportunity for communication skills development).

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Stéphanie Swarbreck (

Starting salary is in the range of £24,770 to £32,682 per annum depending on qualifications, skills and experience. Further details and an application form are available at: or from the HR Office, NIAB, 93 Lawrence Weaver Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel No. 01223 342282, Email:, quoting Ref: T/388.

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