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Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Salary Details:
£31,350 - £32,315 per annum
AL5 2JQ, Herts
Work Area:
30 Sep 2020
Overview Of Role

Applications are invited from talented, motivated and highly committed researchers for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the Department of Bionteractions and Crop Protection at Rothamsted Research, UK to join an ongoing project on the genetic improvement of mungbean, one of the most popular pulse crops in India, for resistance to fungal diseases Cercospora leaf spot and powdery mildew. The project is a partnership between Rothamsted Research and research groups in two different Universities in India and is supported by the Newton Bhabha Fund and BBSRC within the Pulses & oilseeds research initiative until 30th September 2021.

To be considered for this role, candidates should possess a PhD/doctoral degree in Plant Genetics and/or Genomics and have expertise and experience in performing QTL and GWAS analyses plus at least one first author publication in this area. It is desirable that candidates have strong molecular biological techniques and experience working with fungal pathogens of plants. Previous experience working with mungbean or other pulse crops or legumes is not essential but is desirable.

The post holder will be responsible for performing innovative research of international quality aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of the different mungbean-pathogen interactions, providing the genetic/ genomic data to assist disease resistance breeding in mungbean, and assessing the potential of emerging technologies such as Host-induced gene silencing (HIGS) and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing for engineering broad-spectrum resistance to these economically damaging fungal diseases in mungbean.

This is a full-time, fixed term post funded until 30th September 2021 and has a starting salary within the range of £31,350 to £32,315 per annum depending on profile and experience. The position is available immediately and we would be looking at a start date no later than 9th November.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Kostya Kanyuka (kostya.kanyuka@rothamsted.ac.uk).

Closing date: 30th September 2020. Interviews will be held on 7-9 October 2020

About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities. Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.