CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Plant and Soil Sciences

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Location
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Posted
25 Jun 2018
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24 Jul 2018
Ref
2731
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

This post is one of three Research Assistant/Fellow positions in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution project ‘Mechanisms and genetics of iron toxicity tolerance in African rice’ funded by BBSRC under Professor Guy Kirk of Cranfield with partners in West Africa and Madagascar. Iron toxicity is a peculiar problem of certain flooded, paddy soils, and is one of the main constraints to rice production in large parts of Africa. The research will support rice breeding programmes at AfricaRice and elsewhere.

We are looking for someone interested in understanding plant adaptations to soil stresses, particularly involving rhizosphere processes, and how to exploit this for sustainable crop improvement. You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in plant science, soil science or a related discipline. You will have experience with laboratory and controlled-environment based research and associated statistical methods, as well as a high level analytical capability and a publication record commensurate with your career stage.

Role Description

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university and a global leader in applied and translational research in science and technology. The Soil and Agrifood Institute is internationally-recognised with some of the best plant and soil research facilities in Europe.

This post is one of three Research Assistant/Fellow positions in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution project ‘Mechanisms and genetics of iron toxicity tolerance in African rice’ funded by BBSRC under Professor Guy Kirk of Cranfield with partners in West Africa and Madagascar. Iron toxicity is a peculiar problem of certain flooded, paddy soils, and is one of the main constraints to rice production in large parts of Africa. The research will support rice breeding programmes at AfricaRice and elsewhere.

We are looking for someone interested in understanding plant adaptations to soil stresses, particularly involving rhizosphere processes, and how to exploit this for sustainable crop improvement. You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) inplant science, soil science or a related discipline. You will have experience with laboratory and controlled-environment based research and associated statistical methods, as well as a high level analytical capability and a publication record commensurate with your career stage.

The post will include short periods of travel to work with project partners at field sites in West Africa and Madagascar.

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof Guy Kirk, Professor of Soil Systems on (T); +44 (0)1234 758068 or (E); g.kirk@cranfield.ac.uk.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

Interviews to be held:  6 August 2018