Research Associate in Single Cell Analysis (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

October 10, 2021


Research Associate in Single Cell Analysis (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2.5 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate in Single Cell Analysis to work with Prof Uta Paszkowski at the Crop Science Centre, starting in January 2022

The Crop Science Centre which opened in October 2020 benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems.

Intimate association of plant root systems with beneficial fungi, like arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), can improve resilience to water deficit. The relationship between the symbiont and the host root is mutually beneficial with the fungus delivering minerals and water to the plant, and the plant feeding the fungus with organic carbon. These mutual exchanges happen within specific cells and result in overall promotion of plant growth. There is insufficient understanding of the molecular interactions that give rise to these productive plant activities. In this project, we wish to identify conserved networks that promote plant growth at cellular resolution in rice.

The projected work will involve a high-resolution metagenomics approach combined with functional validation in rice. Applicants must have a solid background in plant molecular genetics; available knowledge in basic bioinformatics, would be advantageous.

We welcome candidates with a good track record in research and/or impact, who are excited to join a dynamic team of scientists driven to use foundational understanding of plants for the betterment of agriculture.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Uta Paszkowski (

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Please quote reference PD28093 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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  • Department/Location

    Department of Plant Sciences








    15 September 2021

    Closing date

    10 October 2021

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