The University of Leicester is recruiting a post-doc to develop markers for measuring molecular diversity and characterizing Enset genes related to flowering, starch biosynthesis and disease resistance in comparative work with other species, particularly banana. The candidate will also use molecular cytogenetics to study genome organization and optimize protocols for axenic tissue-culture propagation. This position is one of two that will support the project Modelling and genomics resources to enhance exploitation of the sustainable and diverse Ethiopian starch crop Enset funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund. The interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between researchers at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and the University of Leicester in the UK, and the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. It aims to provide the foundation knowledge to the cultivation of Enset (Musaceae) as a resilient climate-smart crop providing ecosystem services to support livelihoods in Ethiopia and other African countries.
Location: University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Contract duration: 18 months
Application deadline: to be confirmed
For more information contact: Pat Heslop-Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org)