Research Assistant in Molecular Seed Physiology - London, UK

London, UK
£33,789 to £35,708 per annum
Sep 13, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

Research Assistant in Molecular Seed Physiology
10 Months Fixed Term Contract
Salary is in the range £33,789 to £35,708 per annum inclusive of London Allowance

Professor Gerhard Leubner, Chair of Plant Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), United Kingdom

Web: "The Seed Biology Place" - and
Web: The ERA-CAPS SeedAdapt Consortium -
Phone: 0044-(0)1784-44-3553
Please quote the reference: 0916-293

The Seed Biology Group at RHUL invites for applications for a Research Assistant in Molecular Seed Physiology.

The ERA-CAPS SeedAdapt Consortium research project ( “Dimorphic fruits, seeds and seedlings as adaptation mechanisms to abiotic stress in unpredictable environments” aims to elucidate the underpinning molecular mechanisms of the seed and fruit dimorphism of Aethionema arabicum. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with our six European partner labs on this interdisciplinary and integrative joint research project.

The work at RHUL is focused on the comparative quantitative molecular physiological analysis of the germination responses of the distinct seed/fruit morphs of Ae. arabicum. This is achieved by thermal time modelling and seed/fruit sampling for collaboratively conducting transcriptome and hormone analysis and subsequent molecular seed physiological analysis in relation to the identified candidate genes.

Team work and willingness to interact across disciplines are essential to deliver the project. See our websites and publications for further information about our research approaches to seed germination, dormancy, and longevity/aging.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with interest in our research topic, a broad knowledge in seed molecular physiology and at least three years of research experience with plant physiological and molecular methods, including quantitative RT-PCR, RNASeq, plant hormone assays, and quantitative seed physiology (especially seed longevity/aging).

Experience with additional techniques in plant biology is appreciated. Besides this, the willingness to work and interact in a team and across disciplines, an adequate degree (MSc or equivalent in biology or related) is required, as well as a completed PhD work (PhD degree not required, but thesis submitted). A good knowledge of English is of course mandatory.

This is a full time fixed term position available initially for 10 months, starting between November 2016 and January 2017. This post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

To view further details of this post and to apply, please click on the 'Apply' button. The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at:

Please upload copies of your title, short summaries of your MSc and PhD works, and a short CV including your publication list. Your supporting 1-page statement should include your motivation to conduct research in the seed biology team at Royal Holloway.

Closing date: Midnight GMT, 15th October 2016
Interview date: TBA in October 2016

The College is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.