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【Job】Postdoctoral Scientist - Optics and Instrumentation

Three years fixed term contract

Salary £25,000 - £31,250 per annum

The recent development of a transparent soil offers great scope to explore and unravel complex soil biological processes. The discovery of this new material in our laboratories has attracted much attention from the scientific community and as part of this success we are now looking to recruit an enthusiastic scientist to develop opto-mechanical instruments and technologies to image soils live and in situ. This work is part of a prestigious award from the European Research Council (ERC) and involves multidisciplinary and international collaborations.

This position is suited to an early career Postdoctoral Scientist who is keen to tackle scientific and technological challenges. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD with demonstrable skills in the development of opto-mechanical systems applied to a biological or physical system. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of optical technologies for quantitative imaging of biological and chemical activity in next generation transparent soils; the design and optimisation of micro-chambers for the culture of plants and microbes in transparent soils; and the writing of scientific papers on methods or scientific discoveries obtained with new systems developed. The successful candidate will also work with other colleagues in the project to develop smart transparent soil, to investigate biophysical mechanisms of microbial colonisation in soil, and to incorporate the new technologies into an imaging facility dedicated to the exploration of soil processes.

This post will be based in Dundee, within laboratories located both at the University of Dundee and at the James Hutton Institute. The position will be a fixed term appointment for three years with possibility of a one year extension.

All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

Further information is available from the project’s webpage www.archiroot.org.uk/projects/sensoils.html . For informal enquiries, please contact Lionel Dupuy (Principal Investigator; Lionel.Dupuy@hutton.ac.uk) or Mike MacDonald (co-Principal Investigator University of Dundee; mikepmacdonald@gmail.com).

To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer) by email via the APPLY button or by post to HR Office Aberdeen, James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH by 28 November 2015.

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