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Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £27,285 to £38,832 
Closing Date:   Friday 20 July 2018
Interview Date:   Tuesday 07 August 2018 
Reference:  A2335

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral researcher (fixed term until 30/04/2021) with expertise in plant biochemistry to join the photosynthesis team at Lancaster as part of the IWYP project Speeding the adjustment of photosynthesis to shade-sun transitions to increase yield potential in the field. The aim of the research is to exploit genetic diversity in Rubisco regulation in wheat to improve photosynthetic efficiency and crop yield, primarily through informing breeding of improved cultivars. The project will involve laboratory- and glasshouse-based experiments at Lancaster and field experiments at CIMMYT-Obregon.

Lancaster University has been named University of the Year 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide; it is in the top 10 UK Universities and is one of the top universities in the World. The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is the largest and most interdisciplinary department of the University. The photosynthesis team includes a number of academic and research staff, as well as postgraduate students working towards improving crop performance in the changing climate.

Preferred candidates for this post will have a background in plant sciences, detailed knowledge of photosynthesis and Rubisco biochemistry, and relevant experience of plant biochemistry and physiology. A proactive and enthusiastic approach, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. Attention to detail and excellent English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project within demanding deadlines.

Informal enquiries to Dr Elizabete Carmo-Silva, +44 (0)1524 594369,, or Prof Steve Long,

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.