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Postdoctoral researcher - nitrogen-fixing bacteria and cereals

Postdoctoral researcher - nitrogen-fixing bacteria and cereals

John Innes Center, United Kingdom


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in the groups of Professor Ray Dixon and Dr Tony Miller at the John Innes Centre.

The major aim of this project is to engineer closer associations between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and cereals, in which fixed nitrogen is delivered more effectively to the plant. The first objective is to exploit current knowledge of nitrogen regulation in diazotrophs to engineer strains, which excrete ammonium to benefit crop growth. The second and complementary objective is to engineer a bacterial high-affinity ammonium transporter into crops to improve the efficiency of uptake of the ammonium supplied by the bacteria.  Finally, we will assess the influence of these genetic manipulations on plant growth under nitrogen-limiting conditions and their effects on N physiology and nitrogen use efficiency.

The successful candidate will be an exceptional scientist who has, or expects to soon receive, a PhD in microbiology, biochemistry or a related discipline. The post holder will have a proven track record in prokaryotic gene regulation and ideally will have expertise in both bacterial genetics and plant-microbe interactions. We are looking for a self-motivated and creative individual, who can collaborate effectively as part of a team, but can also work independently to contribute new ideas.  The successful candidate must be available to travel to meetings and for short visits to collaborating laboratories in China.


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John Innes Centre, UK

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