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Independent Research Fellowship Virtual Open Day 2020-21

last modified Nov 25, 2020 02:54 PM

Department of Plant Sciences and the Crop Science Centre, University of Cambridge

The Department of Plant Sciences is a vibrant and well-resourced location to host applicants for independent research Fellowships, for example funded by the Royal Society or UKRI. Fellowship applicants are welcomed in areas of fundamental plant sciences and its application in agriculture, conservation or biotechnology and can be hosted in the Department, the Cambridge Conservation Institute or at the Crop Science Centre.

We invite promising early career stage researchers to present their work at an Open Day on Thursday 18 February 2021 providing an opportunity for researchers to meet the Faculty, and for us to identify the best candidates to support for independent research Fellowship applications.

Plant Science is exceptionally strong at the University of Cambridge, comprising four centres of excellence: the Department of Plant Sciences, the Crop Science Centre, the Conservation Research Institute and the Sainsbury Laboratory, as well as our partner in translational crop science, NIAB. Research across these sites spans plant and microbial biology from the scales of genes and molecules, to landscapes and ecologies. The Department has a broad remit covering fundamental plant sciences (including plant pathogens, pests and symbionts) with expertise in basic, mechanism-driven understanding of plants and microbes, through to translational research into our most important crops, approaches to conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems services, and industrial biotechnology. 

Through the Open Day we aim to identify early stage researchers in an aligned area of plant and microbial sciences across the breadth of our research. Candidates should have a strong record of research publications and present an exciting and ambitious scientific plan for their independent research. We will support and mentor successful applicants in their applications and preparation for Fellowship interviews.

Interested candidates should send their C.V. and a 2-page statement of past and future research, plus contact details for two letters of reference to Catherine Butler, Department Administrator () by Thursday 21 January 2021.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Plant Sciences holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.