NIAB - National Institute of Agricultural Botany

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Post-Doctoral Researcher (5 year fixed term contract)

Reference number: T/332
Closing date: 07/06/2017
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Based at NIAB, Cambridge, UK, we are looking to recruit a talented post-doctoral plant molecular biologist to work on the BBSRC-funded cross-Institute Strategic Programme called ‘Designing Future Wheat’. The work will involve investigation of various aspects of grain quality in wheat and will include:

Analysis of wheat lacking small B-type starch granules, involving biochemical analysis of B-less grains and identification and analysis of candidate genes.Genetic analysis of wheat with high-amylose content, involving biochemical analysis of a mapping population and identification of genetic markers linked to the trait.Production of mutant and transgenic wheat with large embryos and analysis of the impact of genes controlling embryo size on grain development, and on grain size and quality.

The successful candidate will work closely with other members of the Designing Future Wheat team within NIAB and with project partners in other institutes/universities.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in plant molecular biology, plant genetics, or a related subject area, have previous experience of genetic mapping and of biochemical trait analysis within crop plants, and they should preferably have experience of cereal grain quality. Basic bioinformatics experience is required as well as experience or knowledge of transgenic plant production and analysis. In addition, knowledge of cereal crop molecular genetics and genomics is required, together with a sound scientific publication and presentation record. A proven ability to work independently and as part of a team are both essential, as are good communication skills. The post will require travel within the UK and internationally.

Starting salary is in the range of £27,453-£41179 depending on qualifications, skills and experience. Further details and an application form are available at: or from the HR Office, NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel No. 01223 342282, Email:

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