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Research Associate in Plant-fungal Interactions

The University of Manchester - School of Natural Sciences

Location: Manchester
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 depending on experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th February 2024
Closes: 12th March 2024
Job Ref: SAE-023396

We seek to appoint an enthusiastic Research Associate on a full-time or part-time basis (e.g. 50% full time equivalent), to work on a NERC-funded project investigating phosphorus turnover in woodlands and forests. This exciting project seeks to enhance our understanding of how symbiotic root-associated fungi help plants acquire phosphorus from both organic and inorganic forms, and will lead to a new understanding of the terrestrial phosphorus cycle. The project uses a mix of laboratory and field experiments and will apply novel isotope tracer techniques to quantify phosphorus turnover and use, which are being developed by our collaborators at the University of East Anglia. A key role for the post-holder is to use experimental microcosms of tree seedlings and ectomycorrhizal fungi alongside pure cultures of ectomycorrhizal fungi to quantify uptake of phosphorus from organic molecules. The Research Fellow will lead analyses and publication of datasets in international journals and manage a research technician supporting the project.

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.                                                            

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.           

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Email: david.johnson-2@manchester.ac.uk

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