The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences wishes to appoint a Research Associate for a BBSRC-FAPESP collaborative research project on “Combatting insect pests in major Brazilian Cropping Systems through novel Biotech Approaches”. The project will employ molecular and in silico approaches to design and produce novel biopesticides using species-specific dsRNAs against target insect pests and explore the use of selected gut associated microbials as delivery systems of insect-targeted dsRNAs. It will also explore novel approaches to increase stability of insect-targeted dsRNAs for delivery as a biopesticide and when expressed in transgenic crops.
You will have a PhD awarded with expertise in molecular biology and basic bioinformatics and in silico skills. You will be required to conduct independent research and perform scientific data analysis and reporting. You will also contribute to the development of research objectives for Phase 2 of the projects.
This post is full time and available with immediate effect, on a fixed term basis until 30 April 2019.
Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.
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