Post-Doc Position on Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics of Ensete banana

Stachy enset (Ensete ventricosum) corms held by children in a smallholding in Ethiopia, where enset starch is an important staple and food security crop.

Starchy enset (Ensete ventricosum) corms held by children in a smallholding in Ethiopia, where enset is an important staple and food security crop.

We have a new postdoctoral position for research on Ethiopian banana, Ensete ventricosum, for 18 months, in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Dr Paul Wilkin) and University of Addis Ababa (Professor Sebsebe Demissew). More details and applications are through the University of Leicester job vacancies website (that link is,4612345623&key=125533335&c=98355456549556&pagestamp=seibynnlwogtsupyrk).

The closing date for applications is 7 August 2017.

Background to the project is linked at the bottom of the page.

Research Associate Ref MBP01960
Department Genetics Job Type Research Specific Location Adrian Building
Contract Type Full Time Fixed Term Contract
Postdoctoral Research Associate    College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology Department of Genetics and Genome Biology

Salary Grade 7 – £32,958 to £38,183 per annum

Full-time fixed term contract for 18 months

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

The project “Modelling and genomics resources to enhance exploitation of the sustainable and diverse Ethiopian starch crop Enset” is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund under a Foundation Award for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Our exciting interdisciplinary project seeks to provide the foundation knowledge to help enable the exploitation of the sustainable and diverse Ethiopian starch crop Enset (Musaceae) to support livelihoods in Africa. To this end, we will integrate genomic sequence, molecular diversity, pathology, tissue culture and cytogenetic data, with field and farmer interview data from Ethiopia.

You will be responsible for carrying out and publishing the genomic and laboratory components of the project. You will lead, conduct, and manage a significant laboratory and informatics project in Leicester, UK, integrating your research with field work, working with the lead Ethiopian partner (Addis Ababa University) and modelling at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, under the guidance of the project team.

Educated to doctoral level, you will have proven experience in plant molecular biology, markers, cytogenetics and genomics or bioinformatics. Ideally this would involve species (crops) with little background data.

Click here for further information about the position.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof Pat Heslop-Harrison on or 0794 603 4502 or 0116 252 5079 and Dr Trude Schwarzacher on or 07964295126.

The closing date for this post is midnight on 07 August 2017.

We anticipate that assessments will take place on 18 or 21 August 2017.

More information about our Ensete project is given at, including a lecture which should have been given to an Ensete audience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on YouTube, and slides from a lecture at the Plant and Animal Genome PAG conference, San Diego, January 2017 (slides also on Slideshare). Our lab publication page,


About Pat Heslop-Harrison

Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell Biology, University of Leicester Chief Editor, Annals of Botany. Research: genome evolution, breeding and biodiversity in agricultural species; the impact of agriculture; evalutation of research and advanced training.
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