Plant Molecular Biochemist
A postdoctoral plant molecular biochemist is required join the Molecular Discovery Group, an integrated research team at Rothamsted Research who are developing research in willow as a feedstock for the production of high value products for industrial biotechnology, renewable chemical and pharma industries. The post-holder will be involved in the cloning and characterisation of candidate secondary metabolite biosynthesis genes, selected by combined OMICs techniques.
This project forms part of the larger Institute Strategic Programme "Tailoring Plant Metabolism" at Rothamsted which aims to harness plant metabolism to generate high value compounds from plants. The post-holder will be expected to work alongside other researchers in this ISP and colleagues collecting high-throughput analytical data from the Rothamsted NMR-MS Metabolomics Platform and geneticists and bioinformaticians employed on the project.
The post holder must be proficient in practical lab-based molecular biology including gene cloning, construct design, and heterologous expression in bacteria and transgenic plant systems. Expertise in the characterisation of metabolic enzymes at the biochemical level would be advantageous as would experience in plant secondary biochemistry. Working with geneticists, chemists and experts in woody plant transformation, the post holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working together to develop bio- and pharma-products from willow and the discovery and characterisation of novel biosynthetic pathways.
The position is a full time 3 year fixed-term contract in the first instance with a starting salary of GBP29,842-GBP32,315 per annum. Interviews will be held: 08/09/2017