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Post-doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Biological Science

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,931 to £42,456 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Tuesday 24 September 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0919-356

Full-Time, 3 month Fixed Term Contract

Applications are invited for the post of post-doctoral research assistant in the School of Life Sciences and Environment, Department of Biological Sciences, Centre of Plant Molecular Sciences.

The successful applicant will join the research group of Professor Paul Fraser, working on the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), (http://www.rtb.cgiar.org/). The RTB project is working globally to harness the untapped potential of those crops in order to improve food security, nutrition, income and climate change resilience of smallholders, especially women and youth.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in biochemistry or a closely related field with an emphasis on isoprenoid/lipid biosynthesis. They will have research experience in a range of advanced analytical biochemistry and metabolite profiling techniques including LC-MS and GC-MS and a good understanding of associated statistical analyses and established workflows. Experience in HPLC analysis of carotenoids is essential and a good understanding of a range of molecular biology techniques and QTL mapping would be advantageous. Experience in post-harvest quality and cell biology would also is desirable for this post. The ability to integrate and work well as part of an established, large and diverse team is essential, along with the ability to communicate effectively with international collaborators.

This is a full time post, available from 1 October for a fixed term period to 31 December 2019. 

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof. Paul Fraser on p.fraser@rhul.ac.uk or +44 (0)1784 443894.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk. The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk.

Please quote the reference: 0919-356

Closing Date: Midnight, 24 September 2019

Interview Date: TBC

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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The University is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.


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