Durham University is one of the
world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and
Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.
The Department of Biosciencesis
committed to an ethos of research-led teaching at both BSc and
MBiol levels, and was ranked 5th in the UK for Biological Sciences
Departments in the Complete University Guide 2018.
The deptartment was also ranked in
the top ten UK Biology Departments for research impact in the
REF2014. Our basic science underpins applications across
each-and-every sector of the bio-economy, including Biotechnology,
Ecology and Agritechnology. Research programmes are grouped in the
following areas: Molecular Plant Sciences; Biomolecular
Interactions; Ecology, Evolution and Environment; and Animal Cells
The Department holds an Athena SWAN
Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises
the advancement of gender equality, representation and progression.
The Department embraces excellence in all of its forms and invites
all qualified applicants to apply. We particularly welcome
applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates
who are under-represented in the academic sector.
Applications are invited for a
Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate the role of the cell
wall in the plant response to freezing. The research project is an
exciting opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team
investigating how ice develops in plants under freezing conditions
and the effect it has on plant survival. The PDRA will work with
the supervisory team to develop a novel imaging platform to allow
visualisation of rapid ice growth in plant tissues. The successful
candidate will develop methods to image ice on the macro and micro
scales in combination with stress assays on wild type and mutant
Arabidopsis plants. The PDRA will work in conjunction with our
collaborators at University of Warwick, who will be using
(atomistic) classical molecular dynamics simulations to investigate
the formation of ice through the plants cell wall.
The successful applicant will be
expected to perform whole plant infra-red thermal imaging,
high-speed cryomicroscopy, mechanical measurements, plant freezing
assays and routine molecular analyses of mutants.
This post is fixed term and is
funded for a period of 3 years.
The post-holder is employed to work
on research/a research project which will be led by another
colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be
carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the
expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the
project, through the development of their own research
ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.
Successful applicants will, ideally,
be in post by 2nd January 2022.
What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths
and potential in the requirements set out above.
The assessment for the post will
include a remote presentation and interview. Shortlisted candidates
will be invited for interview and assessment on tbc.