A position is available for a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate to work on the function of chromatin during plant meiosis. The successful applicant will join Dr. Sebastien Andreuzza in the group of Dr. Ian Henderson in central Cambridge at the Department of Plant Sciences.
Using Arabidopsis as a model, the project will focus on establishing a method to isolate nuclei from meiotic cells specifically. Additional approaches will include chromatin immunoprecipitation and whole RNA isolation, followed by sequencing (ChIP-seq and RNA-seq). This will provide an invaluable tool and resources to understand how epigenetic information impacts meiotic functions such as recombination. Findings in the model system Arabidopsis will provide a useful framework to investigate similar processes in crops, and will have the potential to drive efforts to improve breeding methods.
The position is available for an immediate start. The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular biology, including a PhD in a relevant area (or have submitted a PhD by the time of appointment). Experience with chromatin biology, RNA work, isolation of nuclei, and deep-sequencing technologies will be advantageous. Information on the laboratory is available at http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/research/ianhenderson.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2018 in the first instance.
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