Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Careers

The Crop Science Centre is a partnership between the University of Cambridge and the NIAB centre. We are currently looking for aspirational, passionate and impact-driven individuals across a range of levels and roles.

Scientists at the Crop Science Centre focus on research with potential for impact in agriculture. This can include work in model systems, as well as in crop plants. We take a global view on impact and invite applications studying crops of relevance to small-holder farmers in low and middle-income countries, as well as crops of relevance to agriculture in high-income countries. We are particularly interested in applications in the areas of: plant nutrient uptake, enhancing photosynthesis and plant interactions with pests and pathogens, but welcome applications in all areas with potential for impact in crop science.

We strive for a diverse and creative environment and wish to broaden representation in the agricultural sciences. We welcome a full diversity of applicants.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions, to apply for them visit the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities page by clicking here:

CSC Horticultural Technician (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Horticultural Technician. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and friendly research support team and will report to Dr Susana Sauret Gueto, Labs and Research Facilities Manager. The role holder will be responsible for running the Horticultural Facility at CSC, which consist of 6 control environment rooms and 6 reach-in chambers. The main plant species grown at CSC are barley, wheat, rice, maize, tomato, potato and Arabidopsis. The post holder will grow and maintain plants, be responsible for the plant growth areas and support the horticultural work of various research programmes undertaken by groups in the Crop Science Centre Building. The post holder will be part of a team to assist with maintaining general order and safety at CSC, with a key role in biological safety related to plant material.

Applicants should have experience of plant care in a scientific environment, biological pest control and working in a scientific laboratory. For full details of the role please see the attached document. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Susana Sauret-Gueto, ss2359@cam.ac.uk.

Follow this link to find out more and apply https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/32986/

If you have not received any response 1 month after the closing date you should consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD29575 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Finance Assistant - Purchasing (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The purpose of the role is to run all purchasing activities for the centre including the goods in function. Over 50 staff and students are currently located in the Centre.

The main duties of the role will be dealing with deliveries by ensuring you move them to a secure area, receipt them and notify researchers items have arrived. The job holder will create the majority of Purchase Orders for the Centre, ensuring compliance with purchasing procedures.

The successful candidate must have knowledge of manual handling procedures. They should demonstrate knowledge of principles and processes related to the purchasing cycle through experience working in an accounts environment. They will have excellent IT skills and experience using the Microsoft Office package, particularly Excel, be comfortable working to deadlines, and demonstrate a high standard of communication and organisational skills. It would be desirable for someone to be working towards achieving CIPS qualification.

Follow this link to find out more and apply https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/31053/

If you have not received any response 1 month after the closing date you should consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD27821 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate to work on meiotic recombination control in model and crop plants in Dr Natasha Yelina's laboratory. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and friendly group of researchers in the Crop Science Centre at the University of Cambridge.

Meiotic recombination, or crossovers, create genetic variation which is the basis of selective breeding. Despite their importance for crop breeding, crossovers are limiting due to their low numbers and uneven distribution along chromosomes. Recent breakthroughs in the field have identified ways to manipulate crossovers landscapes, however, further research is required to understand what determines crossover positioning and how to overcome linkage drag. Using Arabidopsis and soybean as models, the project will focus on developing best strategies to control local and genome-wide frequencies of meiotic recombination with the overarching aim to translate these technologies into impactful breeding.

The position is available to start as soon as possible. Successful candidates will have a strong background in plant molecular biology and plant genetics. An interest in meiosis, epigenetics and development of new plant molecular biology tools and techniques as well as experience in microscopy and/or bioinformatics are advantageous. A PhD in a relevant area (or having submitted a PhD by the time of appointment) is essential. Experience with DNA and RNA work and plant growth are also required. Information on the laboratory is available at website https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/research/crop-breeding-technologies.

Follow this link to find out more and apply https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/32757/

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Natasha Yelina, ne240@cam.ac.uk.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. It is expected that interviews will be conducted in February 2022.

We welcome candidates with a good track record in research and/or impact, who are excited to join a dynamic team of scientists driven to use foundational understanding of plants for the betterment of agriculture.

As a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, the University of Cambridge does not use journal level metrics when assessing the quality of research outputs. Applicants should not include journal level metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, anywhere in their application materials. Applicants should highlight a select subset of what they consider to be their most important research outputs and provide a brief narrative account of their significance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have not received any response 1 month after the closing date you should consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD29361 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

ctp-sai

An industry-wide consortium, led by producer organisation G’s Growers and involving the Crop Science Centre, has won a UKRI-BBSRC collaborative training partnership award (CTP) to provide a £3.6 million postgraduate training programme in sustainable agricultural innovation.

The CTP programme for Sustainable Agricultural Innovation (CTP-SAI) will ensure young scientists are ‘business aware’, opening up opportunities for careers across industry. The CTP is currently launching the recruitment drive for the 2022 cohort. FInd out more about the available oppertunities on the CTP website by clicking here.