Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Duration: 24 months
Location: National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland

A research position is available immediately for a fixed term of 24 months on the DAFM funded project GENENET. The GENENET project aims to establish a gene conservation network for native tree species in Ireland. The project will undertake a desk-based mapping exercise to identify potential sites for the network. Target species for the network include broadleaves such as oak, alder, ash and birch, and the conifer Scots pine. Selected sites will be surveyed, sampled and analysed to determine levels of genetic diversity and putative origins through comparison to European data. The data generated will be built into a geographical information system (GIS), for future management of this valuable genetic resource.

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD with experience in molecular laboratory techniques, including DNA extraction, PCR, genotyping and sequencing, along with some GIS or mapping experience. Experience of genomic technologies would be a distinct advantage. The post will be a combination of field work and lab work. A full driving licence and access to a car is essential. The salary is set at €37,874 per annum.

The DBN Plant Molecular Laboratory in the National Botanic Gardens is equipped for DNA sequencing and genotyping. The gardens are located to the north of the city of Dublin. The lab research focuses on biogeography and genetic variation in natural populations, conservation genetics and taxonomy. Informal queries to Dr Colin Kelleher, National Botanic Gardens.

Applications by way of cover letter and CV with a list of three referees to be sent to: botanicscentre@opw.ie noting “Genenet PD” in the subject heading. Closing date for receipt of applications is the 21st Feb 2020. http://botanicgardens.ie/