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Research Experience Placement (Dodd Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an undergraduate student to join the Dr Ant Dodd Group to study the functions of the circadian (biological) clock in tomato plants.

The Dodd group investigates the adaptation of plants to fluctuating environments, focusing on circadian regulation and signal transduction.

Plants grow under 24 hour cycles of day and night, due to the rotation of the Earth on its axis.

These 24 hour day-night cycles present plants including crops with challenges such as daily cycles in the presence of light for photosynthesis, in the ambient temperature, and the likelihood of abiotic stress. These 24 hour environmental fluctuations have selected for the evolution of circadian clocks in plants.

These cellular timers produce a biological estimate of the time of day, which is thought to coordinate cellular processes over the daily cycle, allow the anticipation of 24 hour changes in environmental conditions, and ensure that responses to environmental cues are appropriate for the time of day.

The role

During this eight week project at the John Innes Centre, you will investigate the role of circadian rhythms in the stress tolerance of tomato plants.

You will join the Dodd research group and gain experience of working in a plant molecular biology laboratory, learning laboratory techniques and approaches to data interpretation, to study the adaptation of plants to their fluctuating environments.

The ideal candidate

You will be in the middle year(s) of a UK undergraduate degree in a science or veterinary subject (including maths and engineering), you will be expected to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree. You will have clear enthusiasm to carry out scientific research in the biosciences and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 16146.

This role is supported by the UKRI-BBSRC Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality.

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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