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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Philip Wigge at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University, to work on a project focussed on understanding how the plant perceives temperature signals and integrates this information into growth and development responses.

The post holder will concentrate on studying how temperature signals are perceived by Arabidopsis. They will liaise with other group members in the design of further experiments to test and validate hypotheses for structures that can directly alter the temperature perception event, and how these can inform us of the underlying mechanisms of temperature perception. This post requires candidates of exceptional ability who have excellent skills in understanding and implementing reporter based screens. The candidates must have relevant and highly in-depth knowledge in understanding how translation is regulated in the plant cell, and how to assay translation efficiency using a variety of techniques. The ultimate goal of the research is to make crop plants resilient to field stress conditions and thus contribute to the economic competitiveness of the UK.

An in depth understanding of how protein translation is controlled in plants is essential. Previous experience in performing assays to investigate the regulation of translation efficiency is also required, as is evidence of managing large-scale projects.

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 present data to other members of the group, external collaborators and sponsor agencies (grant applications). Candidates will also need to work well in a team.

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 full-time and available immediately.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2019 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 Philip Wigge at

Please quote reference PT15021 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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