Research Assistant in Synthetic Biology (Fixed Term)
A position is open for a research assistant based at the OpenPlant Laboratory
in Cambridge in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of
Cambridge, and directed by Prof. Jim Haseloff.
The appointee will help develop new synthetic biology tools for engineering
traits in the model plant Marchantia polymorpha. Work with Marchantia allows
streamlined approaches to engineering genome modification, cell dynamics and
morphogenetic engineering (doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.9b00511). The work will
include characterisation and use of a collection of synthetic promoters
derived from all transcription factor genes in the Marchantia genome. These
provide a comprehensive set of markers for mapping cell interactions during
development. We are looking for a highly motivated graduate scientist to work
in this area.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant molecular
biology or synthetic biology, including a degree in a relevant area.
Experience with DNA manipulation, plant molecular biology or microscopy will
be advantageous. OpenPlant is a BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research
Centre. It is based in the United Kingdom and is a collaboration between the
University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury
Laboratory, Norwich. The OpenPlant SBRC is focused on the development of open
foundational technologies for plant synthetic biology and their application
for engineering new traits in crop systems. The initiative promotes two-tier
intellectual property models to accelerate innovation, global sharing and
responsible innovation (https: // www. openplant.org).
To apply please upload your CV and covering letter.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 6 September 2023 in
the first instance.
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Department of Plant Sciences
9 June 2021
30 June 2021