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Research Assistant Group Jones at University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position in molecular biology to join University of Cambridge, UK. This fellowship is last for two years and posible to extend. Applications should be sent before May 31, 2020.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Research Associate position in the group of Dr Alexander Jones at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University.

The post will involve further developing and using next-generation ABACUS (ABA Concentration and Uptake Sensor) biosensors to research the cellular dynamics of abscisic acid (ABA) during plant development and stress responses.

The project’s eventual aim will be aimed at gaining a mechanistic understanding of how and why accumulations or depletions of ABA are modulated in space and time in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Jones group develops and deploys FRET biosensors, which combined with genetic, biochemical, and computational approaches allow us to investigate the signal integration upstream and program activation downstream of phytohormone cellular dynamics.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (Research Assistant) or PhD (Research Associate) in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Genetics, or related field. Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD or equivalent. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Foundations in molecular biology (molecular biology scholarships) and microscopy are also required, alongside a willingness and ability to learn and work with new methodologies. We particularly welcome candidates with advanced knowledge of, and experience in one or more of the following areas: molecular cloning, synthetic biology, biosensor development, confocal microscopy and image analysis. Proficiency in plant development, plant physiology, ABA metabolism, ABA signalling, and systems biology would also be valuable to the role.

The successful applicant will be an excellent team player, highly solution orientated and self-motivated. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, alongside the ability to work independently and with others, with a high degree of accuracy including outstanding record keeping. The Jones group is looking for a person keen to work in a highly collaborative set-up and enthusiastic to join our diverse and interdisciplinary team. Solid communication skills are required to interact with group members and other researchers at SLCU with different scientific backgrounds. Candidates should also demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching).

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: http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/.
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