Research Associate in Crop Science

University of Cambridge Department of Plant Sciences

The Crop Science Centre is a new alliance between the University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences and NIAB. We are looking for energetic and intelligent scientists interested in impact-driven science for up to five postdoctoral positions working with Profs Giles Oldroyd and Uta Paszkowski in the Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa Project (ENSA: These positions will run for 3 years in the first instance, with the potential to extend after this period, following review and dependent on funding. The research will focus on improving nutrient-uptake in crops through the use of beneficial symbiotic microorganisms. The work will involve a combination of fundamental understanding in crops and the application of that understanding, through either genetic modification or use of natural diversity, to enhance sustainable productivity in agriculture. We are focused on improving the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and work with both model crops and the target crops grown by small-holders. Projects range from those that are primarily laboratory-based to those that principally involve fieldwork.

Candidates should be excited about translational research and be able to demonstrate creativity in research and/or impact. Candidates must have completed or be close to completing their PhDs, but can also already have some postdoctoral experience. We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge of plant-microbe interactions, plant nutrient responses, synthetic biology and/or natural diversity. However, we welcome any 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.

We strive for a diverse and creative environment and wish to broaden representation in the agricultural sciences. We welcome a diversity of applicants and have developed an application process that removes, as much as possible, any bias in selection.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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