Plant Biochemist/ Molecular Physiologist

The James Hutton Institute

  • Dundee
  • £31,365 per year
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 1 month ago
The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, biodiversity, soils, and water security.

We are seeking to appoint a full time, fixed term (24 months) Plant Biochemist/ Molecular Physiologist (Band D) in the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group at our Dundee site

Main Purpose of Job

This post will have multiple activities in the GCRF BBSRC project: ZIRON Pulse: Upscaling adoption and exploitation of a wide diversity of Iron and Zinc-rich beans by rural populations in Africa. In the main these are to deliver on the James Hutton Institute project objectives. Overall, the post holder will be identifying the underlying mechanisms in the accumulation of iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) in common (faba) bean. To do this requires the post holder to: interact with the UK and Kenyan partners; establish model bean growing systems at James Hutton Institute glasshouses; harvest the crop tissues and analyse for specific (and general) mineral contents; extract RNA, and metabolites and from there construct biochemical accumulation pathways. Furthermore, this will include analysis of partner bean tissues from lines with varied Fe/Zn levels. Finally, for the select optimal lines in vitro determination of iron and zinc surrogate bioavailability will be determined using validated approaches.

Main duties of post holder
  • Grow bean plants from commercial and Kenyan optimised lines
  • Deal with the exchange of materials between the partners.
  • Analyse the crop tissues (James Hutton Institute and others) using ionomic, metabolomic and transcriptomic approaches
  • Undertake in vitro determination of iron and zinc surrogate bioavailability
  • Engage and interact with the James Hutton Institute lead and project partners for project updates etc
Qualifications/Skills/Knowledge

Essential
  • MSc in biological and/chemical sciences
  • Direct experience in dealing with crops and their analyses
  • Detailed experience in biological statistics
  • Experience of targeted chemical analyses
  • Applied crop molecular biology experience including PCR, transcriptomics etc
Desirable
  • PhD in biological/chemical sciences
  • Experience in chemical analyses including metabolomics, and mineral analysis
  • Experience setting up model crop systems
  • Experience in presenting to scientific and broad skill base audiences
Other Essential Skills
  • MS-Office capabilities
  • Ability to travel to collaborating organisation sites
Note: Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions it is possible that interviewing of candidates will be held remotely. You should therefore ensure you have access to a broadband connection and ideally a PC or laptop.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute

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