This research aims to increase mineral accumulation in wheat to improve human nutrition, specifically focusing on Fe and Zn uptake. To undertake research on the Cameca NanoSIMS to investigate the distribution and uptake route of isotopically labelled iron in wheat grains. To explore the capabilities of the RF plasma oxygen source to detect iron and zinc in wheat grain at trace levels. Attend and contribute to CROPNUT meetings. Analyse and interpret the NanoSIMS data and draw conclusions. Explore other research techniques and methods such as ToF-SIMS and SEM on these samples. Write up research work for publication and reports for the project. Present research to project partners and to the wider community at conferences
Have, or be about to obtain, a relevant PhD (or equivalent). Hands on experience with microscopy involving chemical mapping or mass spectrometry techniques. The ability to evaluate and interpret complex data. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Job Reference : S&E-11962 Location : Oxford Road, Manchester Closing Date : 06/06/2018 Salary : £31,604 to £32,548 per annum pro rata Employment Type : Fixed Term Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering Division : Materials Hours Per week : 0.5 FTE Contract Duration : Available from 1 September 2018 for 24 months Email A Friend A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an excellent scientist to undertake research on the Manchester NanoSIMS 50L to investigate iron uptake into developing wheat grain. This research aims to increase mineral accumulation in wheat to improve human nutrition, specifically focusing on Fe and Zn uptake. This research forms part of a larger collaboration between the University of East Anglia, The University of Manchester, King’s College London, The John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research. Working with Dr Katie Moore, you will use high resolution Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS) to map the route of isotopically labelled iron through developing wheat grain. The NanoSIMS is unique in that it allows high spatial resolution, high elemental sensitivity chemical mapping and also has the ability to detect isotopes. It is increasingly finding use in the biological field to address key issues. The high spatial resolution offered by the NanoSIMS will allow the precise cell types involved to be identified and the subcellular distribution determined. You will also explore the exciting new capabilities offered with the recent addition of the RF plasma oxygen source to the NanoSIMS which may also allow imaging of Zn distributions. You will also assist with sample preparation (high pressure freezing, freeze substitution, resin embedding, microtomy) and you will be encouraged to explore the capabilities of other imaging and mass spectrometry techniques available at The University of Manchester such as Time-of-Flight SIMS (ToF-SIMS) and elemental imaging in the SEM. We are seeking someone with experience with microscopy involving chemical mapping or mass spectrometry techniques who can work independently and as part of a team to deliver excellent research. The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit: http://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/ Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews: Name: Dr Katie Moore Email: firstname.lastname@example.org General enquiries: Email: email@example.com Tel: 0161 275 4499 Technical support: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0161 850 2004 This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing dat e Further Particulars S&E-11962 Research Associate (NanoSIMS) FP's ; Back
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