Research Fellow in Plant Developmental Biology

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
10 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Mar 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 how the environment influences plant development? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious and self-motivated scientist to join the laboratory of Dr. Laura Dixon on a 3-year fixed term UKRI-funded project. The project is multidisciplinary and involves molecular biology, molecular genetics, protein biochemistry and understanding wheat development in both controlled and field environments.

The project will develop on our recent findings that a wide range of temperatures regulate the low temperature response, that is involved in timing the vegetative to reproductive apex transition (vernalization) in wheat (Triticum aestivum). In addition, this project will investigate how photoperiod and ambient temperature signalling connect regarding floral development and the key regulatory genes and protein interactors. The work will aim to identify particular regulatory genes that are key to providing robustness to environmental fluctuations.

As part of this role you will design and implement experiments using a range of molecular biology and biochemical techniques to identify candidate genes within the ambient temperature/photoperiod pathway along with their molecular partners. In addition, you will also investigate how these genes function under environmental conditions via field trials at Spen Farm, University of Leeds. Finally, you will need to be confident with handling big-data sets including wheat genomic sequencing and RNA-sequencing data.

To apply for this role you will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in plant biology or a closely allied discipline, and have extensive experience in molecular biology, plant genetics – including working with hexaploid genomes, as well as the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.

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

Dr Laura Dixon, Lecturer in Crop Genetics and Physiology, UKRI Future Leader Fellow 
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2745, Email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.   Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that any appointment will be made above £33,797
Working Time:  37.5
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (From July 2020 for three years)
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 March 2020
Downloads:  Candidate Brief