Research Associate in Biology
University of York Department of Biology
United Kingdom

Research Associate

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date:To be confirmed
Posted Date:14/05/2021
Apply by:13/06/2021
Job Reference:9406

Role Description


A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated and independent Research Associate to work on the phytotoxicity of explosives pollutants.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in plant science and a knowledge of plant biochemistry. Plant genetics, plant molecular biology techniques and statistics is desirable. You will join a large research team in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products in the Department of Biology.



Explosives are both toxic and recalcitrant to degradation in the environment. Developing phytoremediation strategies will enable these toxic environmental pollutants to be contained and remediated

The aim of this project is to determine the mechanisms of toxicity and resistance of explosives to plants (see Johnston et al. 2015. Science 349:1072. Using a combination of transcriptomics and screening of Arabidopsis mutant populations you will identify key genes that are involved in the detoxification of these compounds. You will apply molecular genetic approaches for over-expressing and knocking out gene function, and the production and characterisation of recombinant proteins. Analytical studies will include a range of methodologies to study uptake and metabolism of these compounds in plants. You will have the opportunity to apply your experience and gain knowledge in one or more of the following: Transcriptomics, HPLC, MS. Skills, Experience & Qualification needed.

This position is immediately available and will end on 28 February 2022. The salary for this post is in the range £32,817 - £40,322 a year and will be full time (37h/week). The closing date for applications is 11 April 2021 and interviews will take place on 27 April 2021.

For informal enquiries:  Prof Neil Bruce ( or Dr Liz Rylott (

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