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Salary £38,442.00 (Starting Salary)
Location Dundee
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The James Hutton Institute is a world-renowned independent research organisation conducting fundamental and applied science relevant to land, crops, and natural resources. Research in the Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences Department covers processes at a range of scales from genes and molecules to whole organisms and populations.

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is right at the top of the global agenda, tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security using state-of-the-art approaches including genomics and genetics.

The Cell and Molecular Sciences (CMS) Department is based at the Dundee site and has a thriving research environment with more than 100 plant scientists. Research specialisms within CMS include cell and molecular biology, genomics, genetics, pathology and physiology.

Our work focuses principally on the improvement of cereals, potatoes and soft fruit crops with respect to yield and quality, resource use efficiency, environmental stress resilience, and pest and disease resistance and management.  Our work provides new knowledge to tackle problems of food security and sustainability against a background of environmental change.

We are currently in an exciting expansion phase to support the recent infrastructure funding award of £62 million that will establish two world-leading facilities, The International Barley Hub (IBH - http://www.barleyhub.org/) and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC - https://www.apgc.org.uk/). We are also partners on two Collaborative Training Partnership awards that will provide projects for over 30 PhD students in the next three years.

We are now seeking highly motivated researchers who have extensive postdoctoral experience and who are ready to develop leadership roles, on tenure track positions. We invite applications from ambitious researchers in any areas linked to the key strengths of the Cell and Molecular Sciences Department, but we are particularly keen to hear from scientists working in, or keen to move into, the following areas:

•     Work areas aligned with the key strategic aims of the IBH and APGC

•     Potato genetics

•     Physiology and genetics of soft fruit

•     Integrated pest management & molecular plant pathology

We have strong strategic links with the University of Dundee Division of Plant Sciences and the University of St Andrews. Joint appointments may be possible, where appropriate for the individuals and the Institutions.

These posts are three year ‘tenure track’ positions which means if there is a business case and the candidates meets the relevant academic criteria, the contracts will be made indefinite after the three year assessment.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

If you are interested, please upload your CV and a two page statement of your proposed research areas via Hutton.ac.uk. Further information about the posts and working at The James Hutton Institute can be obtained from  Prof John Jones, Head  of the  Cell and  Molecular Sciences Department – john.jones@hutton.ac.uk

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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