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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
31,604 - 38,832 a year
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Role Description

A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated and independent Research Associate to work on the phytotoxicity of explosives pollutants.

Explosives are both toxic and recalcitrant to degradation in the environment. Developing phytoremediation strategies will enable these toxic environmental pollutants to be contained and remediated. 

The aim of this project is to determine the mechanisms of toxicity and resistance of explosives to plants (see Johnston et al. 1915. Science 349:1072. Using a combination of transcriptomics and screening of Arabidopsis mutant populations you will identify key genes that are involved in the detoxification of these compounds. You will apply molecular genetic approaches for over-expressing and knocking out gene function, and the production and characterisation of recombinant proteins. Analytical studies will include a range of methodologies to study uptake and metabolism of these compounds in plants. You will have the opportunity to apply your experience and gain knowledge in one or more of the following: Transcriptomics, HPLC, MS, and will join a large research team in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products in the Department of Biology.

You will have a PhD in plant science and knowledge of plant biochemistry and a range of research techniques and methodologies. Knowledge of plant genetics and statistics is desirable, although you must have experience of using plant molecular biological techniques and protein expression. Experience of carrying out and writing up research work for reports and publication and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are essential. Experience with transcriptomics data analysis, HPLC/LC-GC analytical methods, Arabidopsis plant husbandry and applying plant genetics are all desirable.

This is a funded position for up to 3 years and will involve close collaboration with colleagues in the US Army. The salary for this post is in the range £31,604- 38,832 a year and will be full time (37h/week). 

The closing date for applications is 10 December 2017 (midnight) and interviews will take place on 20 December 2017.

Please send informal queries about the position to Prof Neil Bruce ( or Dr Liz Rylott (

Athena Swan Gold


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