The photosynthesis team at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is researching how to improve carbon assimilation to increase crop yields, while minimising the use of resources.
We are seeking two enthusiastic post-doctoral researchers with expertise in plant biochemistry and bioinformatics, respectively, to join the the project RIPE: Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency for Sustainable Increases in Crop Yield. The aim of the research at LEC is to exploit genetic diversity in cowpea and soybean to improve crop photosynthetic efficiency, both through informing breeding of improved cultivars and using genome editing approaches.
These 3-year postdoctoral positions are open to individuals from all nationalities and all diversity groups. The researchers will have access to state-of-the-art resources, including a biochemistry laboratory equipped for use of 14C and the Lancaster High End Computing (HEC) Cluster. They will be part of a highly collaborative and supportive working environment. Professional development opportunities and training courses to broaden your expertise and skills will be encouraged and are covered by the project. There will also be regular opportunities to attend relevant conferences and research meetings.
Preferred candidates for this post will have a background in photosynthetic biochemistry, relevant experience of molecular biology and genetic engineering, and a genuine interest in contributing to improve the efficiency of crop production for future food security. Experience of measuring Rubisco activity is desirable.
Preferred candidates for this post will have a background in bioinformatics, relevant experience of working with genomics and transcriptomics data, and a genuine interest in contributing to improve the efficiency of crop production for future food security. Experience of working with crop species, and a good understanding of photosynthesis and crop improvement are also desirable.
A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. The post holder will be expected to lead research publications in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals. Attention to detail and excellent English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project.
2 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: A2772, A2771
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Lancaster University was named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Ranked in the global top 1%, Lancaster University has a world class reputation for research relevant to food security. Lancaster has expertise that spans the food system: from cutting-edge plant science from the molecular to the crop scale; to research on agricultural systems and environmental impacts and drivers including soils, water, biodiversity and climate change; to social sciences, waste; resilient supply chains and sustainable business; providing the capacity to develop holistic solutions for today’s global challenges.