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Research Assistant

University of Oxford - Department of Plant Sciences

Location: Oxford
Salary: £29,614 to £35,326 p.a. Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2022
Closes: 28th January 2022
Job Ref: 155479

Location:  Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB

Salary:  Grade 6, £29,614 - £35,326 p.a.

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to work under the supervision of Dr Laura Moody. The post is funded by the Royal Society for one year, and the work will be conducted in the 3D growth group in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. The postholder will support ongoing research that aims to unravel the mechanisms underpinning 3D apical growth.

Duties: The primary role of the postholder is to generate constructs, prepare genomic DNA and perform routine PCR and Southern blotting. Other activities will involve, but is not limited to, sterile propagation of plants, somatic hybridisation and phenotypic screening of plants.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least degree level with relevant experience in molecular biology. Ideally, they will also have previous experience with plant tissue culture, and following, selecting, and adapting experimental protocols. They must be able to work as part of a team, willing to learn new methods and skills, and have excellent communication skills. The postholder will be responsible for maintaining large numbers of mutant lines, and thus must be organised, with excellent record keeping and attention to detail. Desirable experience includes previous work in confocal microscopy, and with Physcomitrium patens and/or Marchantia polymorpha, although training will be provided.

The position is fixed term for one year.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 28 January 2022.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Laura Moody (laura.moody@plants.ox.ac.uk).

Excellent benefits include 38 days’ leave (annually). A full-time position, 37.5 hours per week

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