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HR Projects Manager (Ref: 1359)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced HR professional to join Rothamsted Research, a leading agricultural research Institute based in Harpenden.
As a key member of the HR management team your role will be to project manage the design and implementation of our Career Development Strategy with all associated tools and processes including but not limited to:
RoCRE Client Services Manager/Coordinator (Ref: 1369)
Rothamsted is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.
Laboratory Analyst (Ref: 1368)
Rothamsted Research, the largest agricultural research centre in the UK and the oldest agricultural research station in the world, is seeking a Laboratory Analyst required to work as part of the Analytical Unit within the Department of Sustainable Soils and Grassland Systems.
Responsibilities of the post will include; preparation of samples materials and the operation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation (ICP-OES, IRMS, and Combustion Analysers).
Finance System Support (Ref: 1370)
Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting- edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. This mission aims to tackle the wider global challenges of increased demand for food, energy and water through population growth, changing socio-economic demographics and our need to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist - Molecular Microbiologist (Ref: 1367)
Rothamsted Research, the largest agricultural research centre in the UK and the oldest agricultural research station in the world, is seeking a Molecular Microbiologist for a postdoctoral position based at our Harpenden site, which is funded for 4 years to investigate the factors which control the assembly and function of microbial communities in the root zone.
Head of Communications and Public Engagement (Ref: 1374)
Rothamsted Research, the largest agricultural research centre in the UK and the oldest agricultural research station in the world, is seeking a Head of Communications and Public Engagement. As Rothamsted Research continues to develop its relationships with all sectors of society, the Head of Communications and Public Engagement will ensure that the science community and our stakeholders are fully aware of our contribution to international quality science and that the general public are well informed about our work and its impact.
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist (Ref: 1365)
Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years.
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- Functional Characterisation of AtELO1 in Arabidopsis thaliana using reverse genetics; Analysis of the impaired root gravitropic response of At-elo1 KO lines and investigation of At-ELO1-induced shoot senescence using real time-PCR (qPCR) and RNA Sequenci
Host plant colonisation by the model pest aphid, Myzus persicae
Preventing crop losses to pests by host plant resistance plays an important role in food security and sustainable agriculture. The project will elucidate the molecular mechanisms influencing how a model pest species colonises host plants. It will focus on the interaction of peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae, with potato and will investigate a wild potato species (Solanum stoloniferum) that is aphid resistant and the cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum) which is susceptible.
Targeting sterol esterases to enhance phytosterol accumulation in seed oil bodies
Phytosterols are a group of steroid alcohols that occur naturally in plants. As a significant constituent of the human diet (~2g day-1), they have been found to significantly lower plasma cholesterol concentrations by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestine (1). This has led to the development and marketing of a range of phytosterol-fortified ‘functional’ food products (1). Phytosterols accumulate in their free form and as fatty acid esters in the storage oil of developing seeds and are obtained as a by-product of seed vegetable oil extraction.
Unravelling interactions between cereal aphids and ancestral wheat lines to elucidate mechanisms of aphid resistance.
By safeguarding the yield potential of our crops, crop protection forms an integral part of food security. Wheat is the dominant crop for human consumption in temperate countries and population growth, coupled with per capita increase in consumption drives demand which is expected to keep rising. Currently aphid damage to crops is controlled mainly by insecticide treatments but selection of resistance to these compounds is now widespread and highly resistant populations are present in most countries.
Monitoring and investigating altered fungicide sensisitivity in UK field populations of Pyrenopeziza brassicae, the cause of light leaf spot in oilseed rape
Monitoring and investigating altered fungicide sensitivity in UK field populations of the oilseed rape light leaf spot pathogen Pyrenopeziza brassicae
How do fungal pathogens colonise plants and cause disease ?
Climatic and environmental changes have led to the evolution of novel crop infecting pathogens. Several new fungal incited diseases now threaten global crop production. Particularly problematic to cereal crops are Fusarium floral diseases (www.scabusa.org) which result in reduced grain yield, quality and contamination of harvested grains with harmful mycotoxins (www.hgca.com/mycotoxins).
Metabolic engineering of cowpea roots to combat striga parasitic weeds
Parasitic weeds from the Striga genus destroy subsistence cereal crops that resource-poor farming communities rely on in sub-Saharan Africa, causing famine and societies to abandon infested areas. Rothamsted Research and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology discovered that intercropping cereals with a forage legume from the Desmodium genus prevents the weed parasitizing cereals. Desmodium root exudates actively inhibit striga parasitism of cereals and the strategy is now deployed by over 70,000 farmers in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia).
High Resolution (UAV) Remote Sensing for Improved Crop Field Trials (“Field Phenotyping”)
A four year, fully funded BBSRC CASE Phd Studentship is available in the area of remote sensing for improved phenotyping of wheat (i.e. the field-trialing of new wheat strains). Wheat is one of our most important and widespread food crops, and crop breeding programmes develop new strains to try to further increase yields even under demanding environmental (e.g. drought-prone) and management (e.g.