Research Assistant/Associate in Plant Sciences (Fixed Term)

University Of Cambridge has an opening postdoc position. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before September 15, 2018.

Two post-doc positions are available at the University of Cambridge and the University of Brussels. The first investigates the response of the circadian system to Mg and will be based in the Webb and Verbruggen laboratories. The second investigates the response of the transcriptome to Mg (Verbruggen lab).

Applicants must have good expertise in molecular biology, bioinformatics (analysis of RNA seq data) and genetics who are interested in how plants responded to changes in environmental conditions; particularly the response to the essential macronutrient magnesium. Backgrounds in circadian rhythms, signaling (calcium, hormone), ion homeostasis are an asset but not required. Education to PhD standard in a relevant discipline is essential.

Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (25,728 – 29,799 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (31,604 – 38,833 per annum).

The researcher applicant for both positions must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in Belgium for more than 24 months during the last 3 years.

Position 1 (this vacancy): First year in Cambridge + second year in Brussels;

The post doctoral researcher will dissect the signalling pathways that allow the circadian clock to respond to changes in Mg nutrition. We already have evidence that complex interactions occur between light, sugars and Mg. The effects of Mg and sucrose on the circadian clock will be studied using promoter luciferase reporters in wild type and mutant plants and time lapse imaging of the position of the leaves. Experiments using inhibitors of cellular processes will be used to test mathematical predictions concerning the machinery by which Mg regulates the circadian oscillator. The successful applicant will spend the first year working in the laboratory of Professor Alex Webb in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge and the remainder in the laboratory of Professor Nathalie Verbruggen at ULB.

Position 2: Jan 2019-May 2020 in Brussels. Funding: FNRS (national scientific research foundation). The post doc will analyze transcriptomic (RNA seq) data in Arabidopsis plants treated with Mg deficiency in different light regimes.

Fixed-term: The funds for position 1 are available for 1 years in the first instance. The second year is funded by ULB where you will be their employee, located and supervised.

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.

Applicants for position 1 should upload their CV, letter of application and two letters of recommendation. Applicants that only wish to be considered for position 2 should email their application to and not use the Cambridge online system.

If you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD16473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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