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Research Assistant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Professor Alison Smith Group, working on a project on the origins of starch granule diversity in cereal and grass seeds.

The Smith Group investigates the genetic, biochemical and molecular control of starch degradation in leaves and storage organs, and how this is coordinated with plant growth over the day-night cycle and with germination and sprouting.

Lab members also explore how starch granules are formed, and factors that determine the rate, nature and amount of starch accumulation in cereal grains.

The Smith lab collaborates closely with the lab of Dr David Seung.

The role

The aim of this project is to identify the genetic and genomic basis of starch granule diversity during cereal endosperm development. It employs techniques including mutant and transgenic selection, identification, and characterisation, and various types of microscopy, cell biology and modelling.

The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant will be the generation of new genetic material for the project, by crossing, propagation and genotyping of large numbers of plants.

The ideal candidate

You will have a BSc or equivalent in biology or genetics, with plants as a major element as well as a good understanding of plant biology and genetics. Previous experience of plant genotyping would be advantageous, and a background in plant genetics and/or biochemistry is desirable.

Additional information

Applicants should complete the application form and/or include a cv that contains all of the information requested on the application form. Enquiries about the research should be addressed to Alison Smith.

Interviews will be held on 15 February 2021.

This role does not meet the full salary requirements set by UKVI to allow for visa sponsorship.  However, some individuals may still be eligible for visa sponsorship depending on their personal circumstances. If you require visa sponsorship, click here to find out if you qualify before applying. Note, the occupation code for this role is 2112, which is on the shortage occupation list.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003986.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

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We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

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