Research Fellow in Plant Sciences

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Dec 10, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 05, 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in plant sciences? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

You will work on the project ‘Epigenetics and Temperature Responses in Plants’ to understand how an environmental factor, ambient temperature, influences flowering time in Arabidopsis, using a novel epigenetic mechanism. This project stems from our unpublished background work, which revealed the involvement of new factors in the activation or repression of flowering. 

Our changing climate is having a dramatic effect on the growth and development of plants that support our civilisation. It is therefore essential, to understand how plants respond to threats like increased temperature, to secure the sustainability of the global food supply. Flowering, directly or indirectly, produces almost all our food and is strongly impacted by temperature. 

Using a forward genetic screen, we have discovered two genes involved in both the perception of temperature and flowering time. Gene 1 provides a direct link between temperature and epigenetic control of gene expression. Gene 2 has yet to be characterised. The identity of Gene 1 has revealed an elegant, mechanism to enable ambient temperature to control gene expression. Although Gene 2 is currently unknown, none of the candidates have previously been associated with temperature responses or flowering. You will characterise the mechanism controlled by Gene 1 and use that to engineer plants that respond differently to temperature as well as investigating the wider ramifications of this regulatory mechanism, beyond flowering time and temperature. You will also continue our efforts to characterise Gene 2. The project builds on unpublished results and has the potential to open up a new field of study. 

You will hold a PhD or be close to competition in Biological Sciences, or a closely allied discipline and have experience in Molecular Biology. You will work with a high level of personal initiative and autonomy, utilising your strong analytical skills and expertise in Molecular Biology to achieve the aims of the project. You will work closely, interactively and collaboratively with project team in an interdisciplinary setting, so you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships. You will also need to communicate your research through reports, publications and presentations. The nature of the work requires you to have a meticulous attention to detail and a conscientious approach to checking the accuracy of information. You will also need the flexibility and adaptability to respond quickly to priorities and meet deadlines/demands. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Brendan Davies, Professor of Plant Development

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3123, Email:

Location:     Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:     Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:     School of Biology
Category:     Academic
Grade:     Grade 7
Salary:     £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (1 year)
Release Date:     Friday 06 December 2019
Closing Date:     Sunday 05 January 2020
Downloads:     Candidate Brief

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