Research Associate – 1067-23

Lancaster University

View All Vacancies Lancaster Surroundings Centre

£31,396 to £36,024

Closing Date:  

Friday 06 October 2023

Interview Date:  

Friday 20 October 2023



We’re on the lookout for a post-doctoral researcher to work on a brand new Forestry Fee funded mission entitled “Priming tree seed for enhanced germination and stress resilience”. The place is offered from December 2023 for 16 months, within the analysis group of Dr Mike Roberts within the Lancaster Surroundings Centre.

The group works on plant responses to emphasize, with a selected give attention to stress reminiscence, or ‘priming’. This new mission is a part of a well-established, long-term collaboration with a business companion. Collectively, we efficiently commercialized seed remedies that prime crops for long-term biotic stress resistance (New Phytologist (2012) 193: 770-778), and we have been amongst the primary to show transgenerational, epigenetic inheritance of stress priming in crops (Plant Physiology (2012) 158: 844-853).

On this mission, you’ll be tasked with making use of a newly developed seed priming method primarily based on irradiation with outlined wavelengths of sunshine, which promotes germination and gives abiotic stress tolerance. The prolonged dormancy of seeds of many tree species is a serious bottleneck for nurseries, while losses of saplings following transplantation as a consequence of biotic and abiotic stress are growing as a consequence of local weather change. The mission will assist decide whether or not our new priming therapy can alleviate these issues and supply an economical and sustainable answer to business growers. Along with our long-term business collaborator, we’re additionally partnered for this mission with a serious tree nursery, The Arium, to make sure that our work is related to the business. Expertise of speaking your work to a wider stakeholder group could be a bonus.

You’re required to carry a PhD (or shut be to completion/submission of a PhD) in a related subject, have a robust background in plant physiology strategies and an curiosity to find sustainable options to business plant manufacturing underneath a altering local weather. Expertise in working with seed dormancy and germination would even be a bonus. We’re on the lookout for a extremely motivated particular person with glorious communication expertise and the capability to work nicely in a staff. A demonstrable document of accomplishment in conducting top quality unique analysis and an enthusiasm for science are additionally key attributes.

Lancaster College is a research-intensive college, ranked within the high 1% of universities globally, and within the high 10 within the UK. It’s situated on a wonderful campus within the North West of England near the Lake District Nationwide Park. The Lancaster Surroundings Centre (LEC) is a big and multidisciplinary division, tackling grand environmental challenges.

LEC presents a extremely collegial and stimulating setting for profession growth primarily based on departmental values and embedded equality, range, and inclusivity (EDI) issues and actions. We’re dedicated to family-friendly and versatile working insurance policies on a case-by-case foundation in addition to the Athena SWAN Constitution, which recognises and celebrates good employment follow undertaken to deal with gender equality in greater schooling and analysis.

What to incorporate in your utility:

Cowl Letter: Please clarify why you have an interest on this place and the way it suits together with your profession targets. Please additionally describe any related expertise or expertise not coated within the specified ‘Supporting Statements’.

Supporting Statements: Please present a supporting assertion for every Individual Specification level that’s listed as being scored by way of ‘Supporting Statements’. These ought to embrace examples that present proof of your expertise and experience. Purpose for one paragraph per standards (~50-200 phrases).

Casual enquiries could also be directed to Dr Mike Roberts: [email protected]  

Additional particulars:
Please observe: Until specified in any other case within the advert wording, all marketed roles are UK primarily based.

The College gives an setting that strongly
helps the person wants of every worker, while selling the significance
of wellbeing for all our colleagues. Now we have a spread of assist networks accessible for our workers, and extra info on these could be discovered on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ info web page.

We’re dedicated to family-friendly and versatile
working insurance policies on a person foundation. The College recognises and
celebrates good employment follow undertaken to deal with all inequality in
greater schooling.

We warmly welcome candidates from all sections of the
group no matter their age, faith, gender identification or expression,
race, incapacity or sexual orientation, and are 
dedicated to selling
range, and equality of alternative.

View or Apply
To assist us monitor our recruitment effort, please point out in your cowl/motivation letter the place ( you noticed this job posting.

Job Location