Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in molecular biology. Candidates are welcome before October 25, 2019.

A position is available for a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate working on the regulation of photosynthesis gene expression.

The successful applicant will join Professor Julian Hibberd’s laboratory in Cambridge at the Department of Plant Sciences. Using rice as a model, the project will focus on understanding why some cells green-up in response to light whereas others do not. This will provide insight into the regulation of photosynthesis gene expression in specific cell-types of leaves, and the cell biology of this fundamental process. Approaches will include synthetic biology approaches to test candidate regulators; high-throughput cloning and production of transgenic lines using a rapid-cycling rice, as well as deep sequencing cell biology analysis of these lines. Findings will be relevant to one of the major crops of the world and have the potential to guide efforts to improve photosynthesis and therefore yield.

Positions are available to start as soon as possible. Successful candidates will have a strong background in plant molecular biology, including a PhD in a relevant area (or have submitted a PhD by the time of appointment). Experience with synthetic biology, regulation of gene expression and cell biology approaches will be advantageous. Information on the laboratory is available at

Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (26,715 – 30,942 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (32,816 – 40,332 per annum).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2022 in the first instance.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please upload your CV and covering letter. For queries on the role please contact Prof Hibberd If you have had no response one month after the closing date you should consider that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Deadline: October 25, 2019
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