The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Researcher in the Root Endosymbiosis Group. The funds are provided by the John Fell Fund and is held by Dr Ronelle Roth. The work is to be conducted in her lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. The research topic is “Plant-fungal Communication in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis’’.
The post holder will be a member of the Root Endosymbiosis group with responsibility for the provision of research support that aims to understand the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in modulating arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis in tomato and rice. More specifically the applicant will generate gene constructs, produce transgenic plant material, analyse stable transgenic CRISPR-Cas9 lines and quantify AM fungal colonisation using light microscopy and molecular approaches. Specialist training and support will be provided where needed.
Duties: Manage own research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by senior colleagues. Provide advice and support to student lab members. Ability to work independently and contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for new research projects. Determine the most appropriate methodologies to test hypotheses, and identify suitable alternatives if technical problems arise. Select, follow, and adapt experimental protocols. Gather, analyse, and present scientific data from a variety of sources. Contribute to scientific reports and journal articles and the presentation of data/papers at conferences. Responsible for general laboratory management and administration, including stock control of laboratory consumables and plant care. Possess a good understanding of and maintain compliance with good laboratory practice and laboratory safety regulations. Contribute to discussions and share research findings with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups.
The application must: hold a first degree in a relevant area, together with some relevant experience in molecular biology, microbiology, and light microscopy. Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes. Ability to manage own research and administrative activities and work collaboratively within a team. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published, present data at conferences, and to represent the research group at meetings. Experience of following and adapting protocols and selecting appropriate experimental methodologies. Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail. Desirable: Experience of contributing to reports and articles for publication. Experience of working in a research team and contributing ideas for new research projects. Experience in statistical analysis. Experience in plant tissue culture, confocal microscopy, construct design and cloning, as well as CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing.
The closing date for applications is 17 September 2021 at 12.00pm.
Informal enquiries should be directed to at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Excellent benefits include 38 days’ leave. A full-time position, 37.5 hours per week.