Post Doctoral Research Associate in Biosciences
Department Of Biosciences
Grade 7 (£33,797 - £40,322)
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project entitled "Enhancing cobalamin (vitamin B12) bioavailability in culturally appropriate foods for India”.
This project aims to enrich plants with vitamin B12 through non GM means. Plants do not normally make vitamin B12 and as more individuals adopt low-meat, vegetarian or vegan diets (for example to reduce cultivated-land areas and enable re-afforestation), so the supply of vitamin B12 becomes problematic. Vitamin B12 is solely made by some microbes and its manufacture via industrial biotechnology is costly such that it is currently the most expensive vitamin on the market.
Prospective candidates will have a higher degree (to PhD level) in plant science, microbiology, biochemistry or biological chemistry. Basic skills in culturing microbes and in maintaining microbial strains are required. Analytical skill in applying some established assay of biological materials (in this case of vitamin B12 levels although competence in another biochemical assay is sufficient) is required. Expertise in culturing plants would be an asset but is not essential. Knowledge of plant microbe interactions would be an asset, but again is not essential, and likewise knowledge of metals in biological systems would be helpful but not essential.
The post requires good skills in reporting research progress verbally, and in writing. It involves collaboration with an external partner (Martin Warren and co-workers) at the University of Kent and collaborators in Cambridge and in India.
This post is Full Time and Fixed Term for 12 months.
Closes midday on : 21-Oct-2019
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