Research Fellow in the Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Seed Priming

Страна: Великобритания;

Дедлайн: 18.11.2018

Тип гранта: На научные исследования;


Область наук: Химические; Биологические;


Employer - University of Leeds

Location - United Kingdom

Salary - Competitive

Posted - Oct 19, 2018

Closes - Nov 18, 2018

Discipline - Biochemistry, Biophysics & Biomedics, Biochemistry

Contract Type - Full Time

Job Type - Postdoc Fellowship


Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? 
Do you have an established background in the Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Seed Priming?

Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

Seeds underpin sustainable agriculture and food security, providing the majority of global food principally as cereals and legumes. High vigour seeds display rapid, uniform germination and seedling establishment that is tolerant of stress conditions. Germination and seedling establishment is routinely improved in commercial species by priming pretreatment of seeds prior to germination. We hypothesise a central role for DNA repair and damage signalling processes in the priming mechanism. Here we will use genetic, biochemical and high throughput analytical approaches to reveal the molecular link between genome integrity and priming, establishing the mechanistic basis of seed priming for the enhancement of seed germination. The ultimate aim of this project is to apply the knowledge gained in this study to develop novel lines of plants with improved longevity after priming through modulating the activity of these DNA repair factors. We will test the potential of key factors to genetically improve the resilience of seed germination in Arabidopsis and Brassica oleracea, a crop species important to UK agriculture.

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To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Chris West, Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2915; email: