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Research Fellow in Wheat Root Growth Angle Control

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in plant gravitropism research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

You will work on a BBSRC funded project to perform genome editing and phenotyping of root growth angle traits in cereal crop plants in collaboration with the John Innes Centre. The optimisation of root system architecture is a critical component of maximising resource capture efficiency in crop species. Previous research in the Kepinski lab has identified a method of inducing dramatically more vertical root growth angles, a highly desirable trait. The project will use CRISPR-Cas9-based gene editing and conventional molecular biology techniques to demonstrate the new technology in wheat.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in plant molecular biology, experience in working with cereal crop root systems and the propagation and analysis of transgenic wheat lines. Previous experience in analysis of gravitropic setpoint angle biology is also essential.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was reawarded a Bronze award in 2017.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Stefan Kepinski

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2865, Email:  

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding limitations, it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £34,189
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Fixed-term for 8 months)
Release Date:  Monday 08 July 2019
Closing Date:  Monday 15 July 2019
Reference:  FBSBY1108
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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