Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Careers

The Crop Science Centre is recruiting a number of positions including Research Fellows, postdoctoral associates, PhD students, a platform manager, platform technicians, a communications manager and an impact manager. In addition, NIAB is recruiting Senior Group Leaders

We are looking for aspirational, passionate and impact-driven scientists across a range of levels. Scientists at the Crop Science Centre focus on research with potential for impact in agriculture. This can include work in model systems but must also involve research in crop plants. We take a global view on impact and invite applications from researchers working on crops of relevance to small-holder farmers in low and middle-income countries, as well as crops of relevance to agriculture in high-income countries. We are particularly interested in applications in the areas of plant nutrient uptake, enhancing photosynthesis and plant interactions with pests and pathogens, but welcome applications in all areas with potential for impact in crop science.

We strive for a diverse and creative environment and wish to broaden representation in the agricultural sciences. We welcome a full diversity of applicants and have developed an application process that removes, as much as possible, any bias in selection.

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We are recruiting for the following positions:

Senior Group Leaders at NIAB

For further details on the posts available and for applications please visit: https://www.niab.com/careers

Research Fellowships

We are looking for aspirational, passionate and impact-driven scientists for up to four Research Fellowships for early-career investigators to develop independent research programmes. The fellowships will run for 3 years in the first instance, with an extension for up to a further two years dependent on review and funding (5 years maximum). Fellows must focus on research with potential for impact in agriculture. This can include work in model systems but must also involve research in crop plants. We take a global view on impact and invite applications from researchers working on crops of relevance to small-holder farmers in low and middle-income countries, as well as crops of relevance to high-input agriculture. We are particularly interested in applications in the areas of plant nutrient uptake, enhancing photosynthesis and crop interactions with pests and pathogens, but welcome applications in all areas with potential for impact in crop science.

We are looking for energetic and intelligent individuals that are passionate about creating positive change in agriculture. We will consider applicants who have recently completed their PhD or have postdoctoral experience. We will consider applicants whose research has focused on model plants, but wish to move into more impactful science. Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence for commitment to recognising impact from their research. This can be in the form of publications, patents, products, vision or community empowerment.

To apply please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/26320/
Closing date 15th November 2020

Postdoctoral associates

We are looking for energetic and intelligent scientists interested in impact-driven science for up to five postdoctoral positions working with Profs Giles Oldroyd and Uta Paszkowski in the Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa Project (ENSA: https://www.ensa.ac.uk). These positions will run for 3 years in the first instance, with the potential to extend after this period, following review and dependent on funding. The research will focus on improving nutrient-uptake in crops through the use of beneficial symbiotic microorganisms. The work will involve a combination of fundamental understanding in crops and the application of that understanding, through either genetic modification or use of natural diversity, to enhance sustainable productivity in agriculture. We are focused on improving the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and work with both model crops and the target crops grown by small-holders. Projects range from those that are primarily laboratory-based to those that principally involve fieldwork.

Candidates should be excited about translational research and be able to demonstrate creativity in research and/or impact. Candidates must have completed or be close to completing their PhDs, but can also have some postdoctoral experience already. We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge of plant-microbe interactions, plant nutrient responses, synthetic biology and/or natural diversity. However, we welcome any candidates with a good track record in research and/or impact, who are excited to join a dynamic team of scientists driven to use foundational understanding of plants for the betterment of agriculture.

To apply please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/26321/
Closing date 1st November 2020

PhD studentships: Nutrient regulation of symbiotic permissibility

Applications are invited for 4 year PhD studentships in crop molecular genetics to work with Profs Uta Paszkowski and Giles Oldroyd at the Crop Science Centre as part of the Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa Project (ENSA: https://www.ensa.ac.uk). The research projects focus on the mechanisms by which plants regulate beneficial symbioses in cereals. The projects will continue ongoing efforts to understand the integration of permissive and non-permissive fertilizer conditions on symbiosis development and across cereal root types (Gutjahr et al., PNAS 2015). The projects use molecular genetics, physiology and cell biological approaches. The successful applicants should have a background in plant biology.

These studentships are open to UK citizens or international students who meet the UK residency requirements or are able to augment the funds to cover the extra costs associated with international student fees. If you have any queries about your eligibility please contact Melanie Hills, Departmental Postgraduate Programme Administrator mfh33@cam.ac.uk.

Interested candidates please email a CV and publications list to Prof Paszkowski at up220@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 15th November 2020 with options to start in the Easter (April) or Michaelmas (October) terms of 2021.

Communications manager

We are looking for a passionate and well-versed individual to develop and implement an effective multi-channel communications strategy to diverse audiences and stakeholders on behalf of the Crop Science Centre, in order to raise the profile and impact of our research and activity. The role holder will work with senior management and researchers to develop a communications framework across a variety of media channels to publicise the Centre’s research and enhance our reputation.

The role will design and operate systems that underpin collaboration both within the centre, with our local Cambridge scientific community and with international partners. The role holder will develop, update and maintain our web and social media presence, produce press releases and generate a newsletter to be distributed across our network.

The role will also take a lead in promoting international partnerships in Africa to support scientific collaborations. This will involve event organisation both online and in person to explore partnerships.

Applications will open shortly.

Impact Manager

We are seeking an Impact Manager to support the management of intellectual property and facilitate the application of discoveries for recognising impact. This job requires experience in plant biology research and is well suited to an individual wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of plant intellectual property management and the application of scientific discoveries. Thei role will involve monitoring and reviewing research activities to ensure potentially patentable discoveries protected in a timely fashion and advise on communication of the discoveries. The post will research existing patents and publications in areas of interest for product development and work with legal counsels internal to the university and externally to develop appropriate portfolios of intellectual property.

The role will also facilitate the translation of discoveries for impact with a particular focus on small-holder farmers.  Translation of discoveries will require engagement with partners in target countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and working with stakeholders in the private sector.

Applications will open shortly.

Barley Genetics and Phenotyping Manager

We are seeking a Barley Genetics and Phenotyping Manager with a background in plant molecular biology and genetics, whose primary role will be to progress genetic and phenotypic analysis of CRIPSR-edited and engineered barley lines. The role will support a large international project relating to engineering symbiotic phenotypes into cereals to enhance plant nutritional traits for the benefit of small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This job is ideally suited to a postdoctoral researcher looking to work with an international project focussed on translational research and product development with a focus on impact in agriculture. Participation in research is to be on the level of co-supervision of another staff member and their own work to manage a large cereal genetics programme.

The role holder will work closely with the Prof. Giles Oldroyd to identify and deliver projects in cereal genetics. The post will line manage a genetics technician to support with manual tasks. The post will support the development of TaqMan, qPCR and ddPCR assays as well as protocols on automation equipment to streamline routine procedures and assays. The post will work closely with a Platform Manager coordinating the delivery of routine projects in construct assembly, crop transformation, genetics and seed bulking, with a local team of technicians and multiple external service providers.

To apply please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/26949/
Closing date 20th October 2020

Senior Research Assistant

We are seeking a Senior Research Assistant with a background in plant molecular biology and genetics, whose primary role will be to enable the successful operation of research projects and the smooth running of the projects for Prof. Giles Oldroyd’s research team at the Crop Science Centre within the Department of Plant Sciences. This job is ideally suited to a postdoctoral researcher looking to expand on their lab management skills in addition to their previous research background. The postholder will facilitate and support the research ongoing within the group.

The Research assistant will work closely with the CSC lab manager and be required to take responsibility for management tasks specific to Prof. Oldroyd’s research team. This includes the induction and mentoring of new staff including Ph.D. students and postdocs, the procurement and maintenance of consumables and equipment and the maintenance of specific lab areas. The post-holder will also contribute to ensuring a safe working environment by preparing standard operating procedures, risk assessments and ensuring compliance with local health and safety rules.

To apply please visit http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/26322/
Closing date 1st November 2020

Senior Platform Manager

Applications are invited for a Senior Platform Technician to provide genomic services to researchers at the Crop Science Centre and work on the international project Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA). When fully operational the building will house approximately 50 staff, students and academic visitors.

You must have practical experience of specialised laboratory activity and equipment, specifically in a scientific platform service environment and with plants. Good knowledge of molecular biology, plant genetics and laboratory regulations and practices is essential.

For full details of the position and to apply please visit here http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/26917/
Deadline 4th October 2020

Platform Technician

Applications are invited for a Support Platform Technician to support the daily operation of plant engineering platforms and contribute to the general running of the Crop Science Centre laboratory. When fully operational the building will house approximately 50 staff, students and academic visitors.

You must have practical experience of molecular biology techniques and working with plants in a lab environment. Experience in a scientific platform service environment, preparing media stocks and sterile working practices (bacteria or plant tissue culture) is essential.

For full details of the position and to apply please visit here http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/26918/
Deadline 4th October 2020