In addition to the specific positions advertised below under Current Staff Vacancies , The Sainsbury Laboratory invites applications from talented students and researchers that are interested in plant and microbial sciences. Please follow the links below for more information


Ph.D.Student opportunities

The Sainsbury Laboratory operates a joint Ph.D. programme with the John Innes Centre. Students are registered with the adjoining University of East Anglia (UEA) which has a lively academic, social and sporting student life. For current student opportunities please see www.jic.ac.uk/students/search/current_opps.asp


Current JIC/TSL/TGAC rotation students

please follow this link for information on project areas available within TSL


Predoctoral internships

Individuals who seek practical experience in advance of starting a PhD should consider applying for a predoctoral internship. For more details see http://www.tsl.ac.uk/docs/TSL Internships_WEB.pdf


Postdoctoral opportunities

The Sainsbury Laboratory continuously seeks outstanding postdoctoral applicants with a commitment to the mission of the Laboratory to make fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions and deliver solutions to crop diseases. Applicants should submit a cover letter stating their research interests and motivation, a CV, and the names of at least three referees to the Project Leader they are interested in working with, or to hr@tsl.ac.uk. Higher priority will be given to applicants with an outstanding record who are competitive for postdoctoral fellowship awards.


Year 10 Science Camp

Year 10 science Camp, run in partnership with the Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research and The Genome Analysis Centre, provides a unique inspirational insight into life as a scientist at the Norwich Research Park, for Year 10 students.

Science Camp offers a mixture of group practical and academic activities in addition to two days of work placements in our laboratories.

For more information, visit www.jic.ac.uk/Year10


Current Staff Vacancies

Please be aware that due to the anticipated large response to our vacancies we can only contact successful short listed applicants.

Communications Manager

We are looking for a communications manager for our world-leading plant and microbial research institutes in Norwich - the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory.


Postdoctoral Scientist - Precision Genome Editing in Model Plants and Crops

The Synthetic Biology group at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, is looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to develop Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/cas-based tools to study plant-pathogen interactions and disease resistance in crop and model species.


Postdoctoral position in development of race-independent resistance against Asian Soybean Rust

A position is available at the Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) within the 2Blades group. Within this team we aim to develop and deploy durable and race-independent resistance against Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) in collaboration with DuPont Pioneer and the Universidade Federal de Vi├žosa in Brazil. Caused by the obligate biotrophic fungus<em> Phakopsora pachyrhizi</em>, ASR is one of the most damaging pathogens in soybean cultivation and poses a formidable challenge for growers and breeders.


Computational Biologist / Bioinformatician

As part of an expansion in our activities in bioinformatics and high-throughput functional genomics, we are seeking a dynamic individual who will be responsible, as a member of a team, for providing bioinformatic support for genomic and proteomic activities at TSL and ensuring that TSL continues to be equipped with the necessary expertise and infrastructure in bioinformatics to enable the Laboratory to maintain and develop its world-leading research activities.


Postdoctoral position in molecular genetics of disease resistance

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Matthew Moscou at the Sainsbury Laboratory to understand the genetic architecture underlying the host species specificity of stripe rust


Pre-doctoral intern

Predoctoral internships are aimed at individuals who want to gain practical experience in advance of starting a PhD. An internship is where an individual works to strengthen their professional experience before embarking on a PhD.


Pre-doctoral intern

The group of Sophien Kamoun, located at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, is looking for a pre-doctoral intern starting immediately. Our research activities aim at dissecting the molecular mechanisms that drive pathogen evolution and adaptation to prevailing selective pressures.


Post Doctoral position in pathogen-triggered endocytic trafficking

Our research activities aim at understanding what mediates plant immunity in a spatio-temporal manner. FLAGELLIN SENSING 2 (FLS2) is a well-known receptor kinase that initiates immunity and undergoes endocytosis upon perception of bacterial flagellin (Beck et al. 2012; Spallek et al. 2013).