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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated post-doctoral research assistant / associate to work on the BBSRC project 'Inhibition of Carbon Assimilation by excess Radiation: Understanding maize weak Spot (ICARUS)' in the Environmental Plant Physiology Group led by Dr Johannes Kromdijk. The position will be available for three years starting from March 2020.

Maize is highly sensitive to photo-inhibition and recovery time is remarkably slow. The overall aim of this project is to identify the reasons for the vulnerability of maize photosynthesis to photo-inhibition and the subsequent slow recovery. Photo-inhibition drastically limits the productivity of maize, especially during bright cool days in early season, when plants seem to be distinctly under-protected. The project will employ an integrated approach combining several measurement techniques to understand which light conditions give rise to photo-inhibition, identify the corresponding major bottlenecks and evaluate photo-protective capacity.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in plant photosynthesis, gas exchange and biophysical measurement techniques as well as relevant experience with molecular biology and biochemistry. Candidates should have or be expected to shortly obtain a PhD in biological sciences, or a closely related subject.

Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£26,715 - £30,942 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£30,942 - £40,332 per annum).

Selected candidates will be interviewed 2nd week of February, with an intended start date in March 2020 or as soon as practically possible.

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

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