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Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Engineering C4 rice

Plant Sciences

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


  • Posted on: 24th Jan 2022
  • Salary: Grade 7, £33,309 - £40,927 p.a.
  • REF: 155764
  • Closes: 22nd February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Engineering C4 rice

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

Grade 7, £33,309 – £40,927 p.a.

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a post-Doctoral Research Assistant to work under the supervision of Dr Steven Kelly. The post is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for 36 months, and the work will be conducted in Steven Kelly’s group in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. The postholder will work on engineering C4 photosynthesis into rice.

Applications are invited for a highly motivated PDRA to join the Kelly lab to work on exciting project at the forefront of engineering enhanced photosynthesis. The PDRA will generate and analyse rice plants with altered photosynthetic performance. Some lines have already been generated and are ready for analysis to determine whether the introduced changes introduced aspects of C4 metabolism into rice. These lines are also ready for the next phase of the engineering project to introduce additional aspects of C4 photosynthesis to move these plants stepwise towards full C4 photosynthesis. In addition to leading their own individual projects, the PDRA will also work collaboratively within the C4 rice consortium to contribute to the engineering efforts of the consortium, sharing tools and resources and combining ideas to ultimately generate C4 rice.

The postholders should have: a PhD or equivalent (or be very close to obtaining one) in a relevant area; experience of one or more of: molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular/plant genetics, physiology. Relevant molecular biology skills including DNA copy number analysis, quantifying gene expression, and use of fluorescent or GUS reporter systems for quantifying gene expression and/or promoter activity; highly motivated with intellectual curiosity and rigour; ability to work with minimal supervision and manage multiple tasks with excellent time management skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to find, assimilate and evaluate the relevant literature and its implications to inform experimental design; experience with conducting plant phenotyping assays including enzyme assays, growth rate assays, photosynthesis assays (gas exchange and fluoresence); experience with fluorescence or confocal microscopy. Desirable: experience of analysis of plant development, photosynthesis, and other key physiological processes; experience with propagating and maintaining crop plants, including brassicas, legumes, and cereals; experience with genome-editing by CRISPR/Cas or other systems; ability to supervise and assist colleagues with their work; experience with working with plant protoplasts or other cell-based assays/technologies.

The position is fixed term for 36 months.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 22nd February 2022.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Steven Kelly (steven.kelly@plants.ox.ac.uk).

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

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22-Feb-2022 12:00

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