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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Alexander Jones at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University, to carry out fundamental research in the field of systems biology of gibberellin metabolism. This project will involve examining signal integration into hormone patterns and dynamics using live imaging of novel optogenetic sensors combined with genetic, biochemical and computational approaches. The work will involve leading a project aimed at mechanistic understanding of how and why accumulations or depletions of hormones are modulated in space and time during development and environmental responses.

Applicants must have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Genetics, Computational Biology or related field. Proficiency in molecular biology and confocal microscopy are required. Candidates must have advanced knowledge of, and experience in, at least two of the following areas: bioinformatics, systems biology, plant development and plant biochemistry. Expertise in computational image analysis would also be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates should also demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching) and have a proven track record of scientific publication.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at:

The post is available immediately.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full CV including a list of publications, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Jones at

Please quote reference PT14737 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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