Postdoctoral Research Assistant: The molecular basis of cold and drought
discrimination in Arabidopsis (ref PRA/10)
The project, which is for 2 years, 9 months, is funded by the BBSRC and can
start as soon as practicable. The grant holders are Dr M R and Dr H Knight,
and the successful applicant will be under their immediate direction in
their research lab.
The Plant Molecular Signalling Group currently comprises two postdocs and
three graduate students, all working on different aspects of the molecular
basis of plant abiotic stress signal transduction.
The research will involve the determination of specific signalling
components responsible for allowing Arabidopsis to act appropriately to cold
The regulation of cold- and drought-induced gene expression will be
examined, with the central aim of determining the molecular mechanisms
underlying specificity to these two related stresses.
Informal inquiries can be directed to: marc.knight at plants.ox.ac.uk
Departmental Webpage with more information on the Department:
Candidates will be assessed in relation to the following selection criteria
Proven research skills and expertise in molecular biology techniques.
Experience and expertise in plant signal transduction would be an advantage.
A relevant publications record.
Ability to work independently and largely unsupervised.
Ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, including
assisting the work of junior researchers and technicians and managing
Good communicating skills, including ability to present research in national
symposia to non-specialist audiences.
Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team, and commitment to the
The Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford
The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford is devoted to
teaching and research in plant science. The research interests range from
systematics, forestry and ecology to cell, molecular biology and
biochemistry. It has 24 academic staff, c.50 postdoctoral research workers,
55 D.Phil students, 17 MSc. students and is responsible jointly with the
Department of Zoology for teaching some 300 undergraduate students reading
the Honour School of Biological Sciences.
The appointment will be on the RS1A scale starting on a point within the
range =A316,775 - =A318,731 and there will be an initial probationary period=
six months. The appointment of the nominated candidate will be subject to
the satisfactory completion of a medical questionnaire and evidence of their
eligibility to work in the UK. The successful applicant will have the option
of becoming or remaining a member of the Universities Superannuation Scheme
(USS). The University has generous maternity leave arrangements and also
paternity leave, and there are two university-run nurseries for children
aged four months to five years - full details are available on request. The
University has a no smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted within the
Plant Sciences building, other than one designated room.
How to apply
Applications clearly quoting ref no PRA/10 and including a curriculum vitae,
a list of principal publications and the names and contact details of
referees should be sent to the Administrator, Department of Plant Sciences,
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB by the stated closing date of 31 May 2001.
Please state clearly whether or not you would require a work permit to take
up this post. Failure to provide this information may cause your application
to be rejected.
The University will assume that it is free to approach referees at any stage
unless the candidate's application stipulates otherwise (ie candidates who
wish a referee or referees to be approached only with their specific
permission and/or if they are being called for interview on the final short
list or are in receipt of a conditional offer, are asked to state such
requirements explicitly alongside the details of the relevant referee(s)).
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