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Research Associate - Group Robinson

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Sarah Robinson at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU), to carry out fundamental research in the field of plant morphodynamics. The aim of the Robinson lab is to investigate how cell division affects cell expansion and its impact on overall tissue morphology. The lab uses the newly developed automated confocal micro-extensometer (ACME) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), in combination with genetic manipulation, live imaging and modelling to address this question. The candidate will be responsible for developing a mechanical model of the growing tissue based on mechanical measurements. The candidate will also be encouraged to participate in experiments to generate data for the model. The ideal candidate will be willing to participate in both experiments and modelling. The successful applicant will benefit from working closely with the lab of Prof. Henrik Jönsson. Applicants must have, or be close to obtaining a PhD in applied physics, mechanics, or plant development. Ideally with experience of modelling biological material. The candidate should have an interest in plant development. Experience with C++ would be advantageous. The candidate will benefit from the multi-disciplinary project and are encouraged to participate and develop skills in the different areas. The successful candidates 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 Sainsbury 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: Fixed-term: Funds are available for two years in the first instance. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded the appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant level (Grade 5) and amended to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon the award of PhD. Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Sarah Robinson at

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