Postdoctoral Research Associate
A position is open for a Postdoc Research Associate in Control of meiotic
recombination in Arabidopsis, in the Henderson Group in the Department of
Meiotic recombination is a major mechanism that creates genetic diversity in
plants and animals and remains a vital tool during crop breeding. This project
will explore molecular mechanisms that control the number and distribution of
recombination events (crossovers) genome-wide in the model plant Arabidopsis
thaliana. We have identified recombination factors (e.g. HEI10) and
epigenetic marks (e.g. DNA methylation) that regulate crossover formation in
plants (Ziolkowski et al; Yelina et al). In this project, the successful
candidate will use molecular genetics and genomics approaches to further
understand the control of recombination patterns in the Arabidopsis genome. We
have recently used long-read DNA sequencing to complete assembly of the
Arabidopsis centromeres (Naish et al). The candidate will explore new ways
of using long-read sequencing to study recombination.
The successful candidate will work in the Henderson group to further explore
and characterise the genetic and epigenetic control of recombination in
Arabidopsis. The scope of the project is flexible, depending on the interests
and experience of the applicant and could include, (i) mapping recombination
events using long read sequencing, (ii) mapping recombination in plant
populations where recombination or epigenetic pathways are altered, and/or
(iii) bioinformatics analysis of recombination events in long read data. We
are interested to identify candidates with either strong experimental and/or
computational backgrounds, or those wishing to combine both approaches.
The Henderson group investigates plant genome function, including control of
recombination, in both model and crop plant species. We share laboratory space
with the groups of Sir David Baulcombe and Dr Jake Harris, who investigate
intersecting questions in plant genomes and epigenetics. Our group is located
in the Department of Plant Sciences, which is a diverse and inclusive
workplace, where a wide range of plant sciences research and teaching is
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent directly to Prof. Henderson
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PDRA Further Particulars
Department of Plant Sciences
7 September 2022
30 September 2022