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Senior Technical Barley Genetics & Phenotyping Specialist (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a Barley Genetics and Phenotyping Manager with a background in plant molecular biology and genetics, whose primary role will be to progress genetic and phenotypic analysis of CRIPSR-edited and engineered barley lines at the Crop Science Centre (CSC) within the Department of Plant Sciences. The role will support a large international project relating to engineering symbiotic phenotypes into cereals to enhance plant nutritional traits for the benefit of small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This job is ideally suited to a postdoctoral researcher looking to work with an international project focussed on translational research and product development with a focus on impact in agriculture. Participation in research is be on the level of co-supervision of another staff member and their own work to manage a large cereal genetics programme.

The role holder will work closely with the project leader and CSC director Prof. Giles Oldroyd to identify and deliver projects in cereal genetics. The post will line manage a genetics technician to support with manual tasks. The post will support the development of TaqMan, qPCR and ddPCR assays as well as protocols on automation equipment to streamline routine procedures and assays. The post will work closely with the senior project leaders at the CSC to identify goals in genetic engineering and selection and conducting phenotypic assessment of engineered lines for gene expression and mycorrhizal and pathogen phenotypes.

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

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