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[Apply by 13 Feb 2019] Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Engineering Complex Traits in Plants)

The Earlham Institute (EI) is seeking a skilled Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join the laboratory of Dr Nicola Patron to work on a collaborative project to engineer plant responses to nitrogen availability.

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The role:

The aim of the project for the selected candidate is to deploy genome engineering tools to introduce multiplexed targeted mutations in specific coding and non-coding genic regions of a group of plant genes predicted to coordinate large-scale transcriptional responses to environmental nitrogen availability.

They will participate in the design and assembly of DNA constructs and will also be involved in the production and molecular and phenotypic assessment of engineered plant lines. The post holder will additionally contribute to the development of novel genome engineering tools for plants.

The successful candidate will be based in the Patron Lab at the Earlham Institute, Norwich UK and will work in collaboration with the Brady and Segal Labs at the University of California at Davis.


Required qualifications and experience:

The candidate must have a PhD in Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Synthetic Biology, Biochemistry or a related subject. They must also be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of plant genetics and the regulation of gene expression in plants.

They should have experience in general plant molecular biology laboratory techniques and a demonstrated interest in plant genome engineering, nitrogen metabolism or gene regulatory networks.


Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post for a contract of 23 months from 1st April 2019.

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