Postdoctoral Research Associate in Systems Genetics of Wheat

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK in conjunction with the Centre for Food Security has recently made a multi-million pound investment in new appointments, state-of-the-art plant growth facilities and a new crop genetics and molecular biology lab. These investments will underpin its ambitious plans to bring together researchers capable of generating novel insights into the basic genetic architecture and resilience of yield-related traits under conditions simulating both norms and extremes of current and future climate variability.

The successful candidate will spearhead a three-year project in Prof O’Sullivan’s newly established Crop Genetic Improvement lab to develop an experimental platform for adopting a ‘systems genetics’ approach to yield development in wheat. The role will place approximately equal emphasis on 1. design of large-scale field and climate-controlled experiments to probe traits contributing to yield resilience in large segregating wheat populations, 2. adaptation of existing software and writing custom code to integrate data from various measurement and imaging devices, molecular assays and external data sources into a project database and 3. statistical genetic analysis of the combined genotype, expression and phenotype datasets.

The project will involve multiple collaborations both within the University and externally and therefore we are looking for an enthusiastic and team-oriented candidate with excellent communication skills in addition to the required technical skills and experience.

You will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in analysing large biological datasets
  • Sound knowledge of statistical genetics
  • Ability to design databases and programme data analysis pipelines
  • A demonstrated interest in applying your data-related skills to real-world biological questions
  • A demonstrated ability to transform ‘data’ into ‘knowledge’

Informal contact details

Contact role: Professor
Contact name: Donal O’Sullivan
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 3786729
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Head of Department
Contact name: Mike Gooding
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 3788487
Contact email:


Start date: as soon as possible

Closing date: Friday 28th June 2013

Interview date: Thursday 11th July 2013

Reference number: RS13036

Post type: 3-year fixed-term

Hours: full-time

Grade: 6

Payscale: £27,854 to £36,298 per annum

Interviews for this post will be held on 11th July 2013.

To formally apply please, click here or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)


Posted on May 30, 2013, in Job Opportunities, Research grants, fellowship and scholarships, Youth and Agriculture and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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