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Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Biosciences, Plant & Crop Sciences

Location:  Sutton Bonington
Salary:  £30,487 to £33,966 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 December 2023
Reference:  SCI483023

We invite applications for a Research Associate/Fellow to work on a project aimed at discovering novel components involved in sensing and responding to compacted soil conditions in the laboratory of Dr. Bipin Pandey at the Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, UK.

In this project, our aim is to identify novel targets, genes, and pathways involved in sensing compaction in rice root tips. Building on our previous work (Pandey et al., Science, 2021, and Huang et al., PNAS, 2022), we aim to understand how hormone-based pathways interact with mechanosignalling targets to help root tips grow in compacted soil conditions. More specifically, we want to study post-translational modifications regulating root response to soil compaction stress. This position is especially suited for candidates with an interest in root mechanobiology, non-invasive imaging of root cells, and molecular biology. All the technologies required for the project are currently performed in our laboratory.

Applicants must be highly motivated and self-driven, with a PhD in plant biology/plant molecular biology/plant biotechnology or related biological science (PhD students about to submit their thesis in a relevant area will be considered.) The successful candidate should ideally have considerable experience in some of the following areas: Root biology, protein modifications, developmental biology, and molecular biology.  A relevant publication record in root biology, relevant to career stage, is essential.   Experience in single cell transcriptome analysis is desirable for this role.

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract for 14 months. Job share arrangements may also be considered. 

For more information on our lab activities, please visit:

For informal inquiries, please contact Bipin Pandey at

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