Postdoctoral Research Associate in Crop Science

University of Cambridge

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are invited for a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate to work on meiotic recombination control in model and crop plants in Dr Natasha Yelina's laboratory. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and friendly group of researchers in the Crop Science Centre at the University of Cambridge.

The Crop Science Centre which opened in October 2020 benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems.

Meiotic recombination, or crossovers, create genetic variation which is the basis of selective breeding. Despite their importance for crop breeding, crossovers are limiting due to their low numbers and uneven distribution along chromosomes. Recent breakthroughs in the field have identified ways to manipulate crossovers landscapes, however, further research is required to understand what determines crossover positioning and how to overcome linkage drag. Using Arabidopsis and soybean as models, the project will focus on developing best strategies to control local and genome-wide frequencies of meiotic recombination with the overarching aim to translate these technologies into impactful breeding.

The position is available to start as soon as possible. Successful candidates will have a strong background in plant molecular biology and plant genetics. An interest in meiosis, epigenetics and development of new plant molecular biology tools and techniques as well as experience in microscopy and/or bioinformatics are advantageous. A PhD in a relevant area (or having submitted a PhD by the time of appointment) is essential. Experience with DNA and RNA work and plant growth are also required. Information on the laboratory is available at website https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/research/crop-breeding-technologies.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Natasha Yelina, ne240@cam.ac.uk.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. It is expected that interviews will be conducted in February 2022.

We welcome candidates with a good track record in research and/or impact, who are excited to join a dynamic team of scientists driven to use foundational understanding of plants for the betterment of agriculture.

As a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, the University of Cambridge does not use journal level metrics when assessing the quality of research outputs. Applicants should not include journal level metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, anywhere in their application materials. Applicants should highlight a select subset of what they consider to be their most important research outputs and provide a brief narrative account of their significance.

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