Biosciences, Plant & Crop Sciences

Location: Sutton Bonington
Salary: £32,348 per annum (pro-rata if applicable)
Closing Date: Saturday 10 December 2022
Reference: SCI536722

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work on a project to assess the impact of the barley mutant lines to develop germplasm with enhanced abiotic stress tolerance for plant breeding in the laboratory of Dr Guillermina Mendiondo (Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, UK).

Global warming and the predicted impact on seasonal rainfall variation suggest that we may see both drier and wetter growing seasons in the future. Research into breeding strategies for maintaining yields in the face of climate change is a key aspect of future food security. In plants, the N-degron pathway has been identified as a key biochemical regulator of plant responses to environmental stress.  This project focuses on: 1) identifying target proteins of the N-degron pathway in cereals; 2) assessing their impact in controlled environments and in the field, in order to develop germplasm with enhanced abiotic stress tolerance for plant breeding.  

Applicants must be highly motivated and self-driven, with a PhD in plant/crop physiology, preferably addressing aspects related to water and N capture. The successful candidate will ideally have considerable experience in some of the following areas: agronomy, crop molecular biology, germination, molecular biology applied to crops.  A track record of publishing research is also desirable. 

This is a full-time post (36.25 hours), and is available from 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for up to 11 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.

For informal enquiries please contact Guillermina Mendiondo ( ). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK.

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