University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Plant Sciences
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

A BBSRC-funded Post-doctoral position to unravel the barley genetic control of the rhizosphere microbiota is now available in the group of Dr Davide Bulgarelli.

Over the last years our lab demonstrated that the barley genome is a determinant of host-bacteria interactions in the rhizosphere. Here we want to extend our investigations with the ultimate aim of resolving the causal genetic variants that underpin differential microbiota recruitment. We want to address three fundamental questions: what kind of plant genes shape the rhizosphere microbiota? How do these genes influence root phenotypes? Are specific configurations of the rhizosphere microbiota, driven by these plant genes, causally related to yield?

To tackle these questions we are seeking at talented scientist holding a PhD in plant sciences, bioinformatics, genomics/genetics, statistics, computer science, or a related field capable of analysing high density marker information, whole-genome sequencing data and RNA-seq datasets. Experience in data analysis using programme languages (e.g., R, Pearl, Shell, Phyton…) and familiarity with the Linux environment are essentials. Excellent written and spoken English communication skills and capacity to work both independently and as part of a team are expected. Ideally, applicants should have published research in a high-ranking scientific journal as a first author. Willingness to take part of outreach initiatives of the University is also a requirement for the post-holder. The successful applicant will team up with an experimental biologist already employed in the grant and will be part of a collaborative effort between the Bulgarelli’s lab and the labs of Prof Robbie Waugh and Prof Geoff Barton

This post is Full-Time, Fixed-Term for 18 months.

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent on a PhD degree. An appointment may be considered if the candidate is shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £31,866).

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Dr Davide Bulgarelli (

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

The Bulgarelli lab is part of the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute on the outskirt of Dundee and conveniently liked to the main campus and the city centre with public transport.

Applications: Candidates should submit a single document containing a cover letter, brief description of relevant research experience, a CV with publication list, and email addresses of three referees.

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