Job title : Postdoctoral Research Associate
School / Support Department : School of Biological Sciences
Unit : Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
Line manager : Professor Gary J. Loake
2. Job Purpose
To undertake research in the lab of Professor Gary. J. Loake, collaborating with the biotech industry to develop a plant biomanufacturing platform for a high value chemical.
Employ synthetic biology approaches to generate transgenic plant cell culture cells. Select cultured plant cells synthesising high yields of the target biochemical.
3. Main Responsibilities
Responsible for the planning and execution of specific elements of the research project, acting under general guidance from Professor Gary.
J. Loake. Ensure all data production and recording is handled with integrity and that records and documentation are maintained correctly (70%).
Keep up to date with relevant scientific developments through literature review, seminar attendance etc. as well as publish papers and patents, contribute to grant writing (20%).
Develop and maintain appropriate interactions with the international research community and industry collaborators, transferring and receiving expertise (5%).
The post-holder will maintain accurate and up-to-date records to document the research progress and take a lead role in writing up data for publication.
Data will be presented at lab meetings to make data available for other research staff. Presentation of research findings at national and international level is also required. (5%)
Contribute laboratory maintenance and ensure safety compliance. This includes providing advice and technical guidances to PhD and MSc students, and visiting researchers / industry scientists as required. (5%).
4. Planning and Organising
5. Problem Solving
6. Decision Making
7. Key Contacts / Relationships
Internal : Principal Investigator and members of the immediate research team, members of other labs, and students, School Professional Services staff (Staffing, Health and Safety, Building Manager)
External : Collaborating researchers in the UK and industry partners
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
Qualifications / Training
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
To work as part of the Professor Gary J. Loake group comprising approximately 12 research staff and students.
10. Job Context and any other relevant information
This is a demanding but exciting opportunity for an ambitious, driven individual to develop their research skills