Molecular genetics of Arabidopsis lignin biosynthesis
Division of Plant Sciences, College of Life Sciences, University of
Job Reference: LS/2554
Closing Date: 31st March 2009
2 Postdoctoral Research Assistants Grade 7 (£28,839 - £35,469)
Two post-doc positions are available in the newly formed Plant Sciences
Division at Dundee University, Scotland.
The positions are funded through a programme grant (US $2 million) from
the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), Stanford, USA, that also
provides support for two technicians to join the team. The aim of the
project is to use Arabidopsis as a model to better understand how to
optimize the saccharification yield of plant lignocellulose for biofuel
production. The research involves novel screens to identify mutants that
affect lignin biosynthesis. The project is a collaboration between the
neighbouring labs of Prof. Claire Halpin and Dr Gordon Simpson
(University of Dundee).
Prof. Claire Halpin’s lab is extremely well supported, with additional
recent funding from the EU and programme grants from the BBSRC.
Therefore, the successful applicants will join a vibrant group of
researchers focused on plant biofuels.
Dundee University Plant Science Faculty have their research labs at the
nearby Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), and benefit from
expertise and state-of-the art resources at both organizations. The
College of Life Sciences has a particularly vibrant post-doc association
and in recent years has regularly been voted one of the best places to
work in Europe by readers of The Scientist magazine. Located in a
beautiful part of Scotland, Dundee combines quality of life with quality
An interest in lignin and previous experience of Arabidopsis molecular
genetics would be an advantage.
Applications in the form of a CV and covering letter, including the
names and addresses of 3 referees, should be sent to email address
quoting LS/2554. Alternatively, please send 2 hard copies of your CV and
covering letter to Human Resources, College of Life Sciences,
MSI/WTB/JBC Complex, University of Dundee, DD1 5EH.
Applicants will only be contacted if invited for interview.
The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and
welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish charity, No: SCO15096.
Division of Plant Sciences
College of Life Sciences
Dundee University at SCRI
direct dial: 44 (0)1382 568572
email: g.g.simpson from dundee.ac.uk
The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish charity, No: SC015096