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Research Associate in ‘new glume wheat’ of early European agriculture
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-09131

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/12/2016

Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: -

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Available from 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2018

School / Directorate: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Research Associate to develop techniques for the sequencing of ancient DNA in archaeological wheat grains and to apply these techniques to the ‘new glume wheat’, a type of cultivated wheat that is known only in the archaeobotanical record. The specific hypothesis that we are testing is that the new glume wheat has a GA genomic constitution and so is related to Triticum araraticum, rather than being a BA wheat related to Triticum dicoccoides. As part of this ongoing project, we are identifying genetic loci that distinguish between the G and B genomes and hence enable a diagnostic test of the genomic constitution of the new glume wheat.

The role of the Research Associate will be to design methods, based on both PCR and next generation sequencing, to type these loci in charred archaeobotanical remains of the new glume wheat. In addition to a PhD in a relevant field, you will have experience in the use of conventional PCR and next generation approaches to obtain ancient DNA sequences from archaeological samples, including a full understanding of the precautions needed to ensure authenticity of results. You should be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, and be able to work independently without close supervision while contributing to the research of a multidisciplinary team.

As the School is committed to Athena SWAN principles, we welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Terry Brown.


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date


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