University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Associate

United Kingdom

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB

The Department of Biology is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 3 years. This post is financially supported by funds from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council awarded to Prof Francesco Licausi. The work is to be conducted in his lab in the Department of Biology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB. The postholder will study the role of O2 sensing mechanisms in nodule development and physiology. We plan to use M. truncatula and its symbiontic rhizobium Sinorhyzobium meliloti as models to investigate the role of O2 as signaling molecule during root infection by rhizobia and nodule establishment. We plan to investigate this in conditions of sufficient oxygenation and in case of plant submergence or soil waterlogging.

The role of the individual will be as follows: (i) analyse gene and protein expression; (ii) compare amino acid and nucleotide sequence to infer phylogenetic relationships (iii) generate transgenic plants

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD/DPhil level with relevant experience in molecular plant biology and will work closely with other group members to assist them with gene functional characterisation. They must work as part of a team, be willing to learn new methods and skills and persevere in case of discouraging results. The role will also include protocol development. The postholder is expected to be organised, with excellent record keeping and have the ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, including training junior members in the group. Desirable experience includes previous experience with growing plants, although training will be provided. See the job description for the full list of selection criteria.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Francesco Licausi ([email protected]).

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

The University of Oxford is committed to equality and valuing diversity. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

This is a 36 month fixed term and is available from 1st April 2024. Part time work (minimum 50% FTE) can be arranged.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 4th March 2024, interviews are likely to be scheduled to take place in mid to late March.

Contact Person : HR Vacancy ID : 170798 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 04-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 p.a. with a discretionary range to £48,350 p.a.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 08, 2024

Application deadline

March 04, 2024

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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