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Positions at Long Ashton, UK

keith.edwards keith.edwards at bbsrc.ac.uk
Tue Mar 24 11:30:40 EST 1998

Plant Genetics
IACR-Long Ashton Research Station
The Crop Genetics Laboratory at IACR-Long Ashton Research Station is a leading
European laboratory, for the study of maize genetics. Our laboratory is fully
equipped to undertake every aspects of maize research, including superb all
year round growth facilities, an ABI 377 sequencer and a Biomek 2000 robot. To
complement our existing research activities, three post-doc positions are now
available in the following areas:

1.	A Post-doctoral Molecular Geneticist (Ref LN6144) is required
immediately, to develop high throughput, non-gel based genotyping assays
(Oligonucleotide/SNiP Arrays) for use in the characterisation of maize
germplasm. This three year, BBSRC-GAIT funded programme will involve liaising
with both international seed companies and the Roslin Institute, to generate
first generation maize DNA Chips. Experience in, or an interest in, organic
chemistry and genetic screening is desirable. In the initial stages of the
project the appointed person will amplify and sequence a number of single copy
DNA fragments from different maize genotypes. These sequences will be used to
design SNiP arrays. In the final stages of the programme it is expected that
the appointed person will develop prototype chips which will be evaluated in
collaboration with international plant breeding companies. This position would
be ideally suited to anybody interested in pursuing a career  in diagnostics.

2.	A Post-doctoral Plant Molecular Geneticist (Ref LN6148) is required
immediately to help develop the tools required to dissect large plant genomes
(YACs, BACs, etc) and apply them to complex regions of the maize genome. This
three year BBSRC-GAIT funded programme will involve liaising with several
existing programmes within the EU and the USA to map base clone agronomically
important genes from Zea mays.

3.	An EU-Rhone Poulenc, Post-doctoral Plant Molecular Geneticist (Ref RP1)
 is required to help develop the tools required to dissect the maize genome
(YACs, BACs, etc). The person appointed to this position will be employed by
Rhone Poulenc, but will spend the initial part of the programme at Long Ashton.
Subsequently, it is expected that the appointee will transfer to Rhone Poulenc
laboratories in France. The successful candidate should be able to speak both
French and English. This position will last until at least September 2000.
Initially, the appointed person will be involved in the generation and
characterisation of a maize BAC library  (which is currently under
construction).  The appointed person will then be responsible for exporting the
library to RP facilities in France and thereafter will be responsible for
screening and using the library in an EU Framework IV funded programme designed
to map base clone agronomically important genes in maize.

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