Opportunities Overview

Our funding and unique position provides an unrivalled environment in which to undertake research. We have excellent facilities, particularly in the platform technologies that underpin modern scientific research. As a result, TSL has an outstanding record of publications in high profile journals. We therefore attract high calibre students, post-docs and senior researchers.

Below is a full list of our current vacancies. If none show, please check this page again soon and follow us on Twitter because opportunities arise throughout the year.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is always looking to recruit world–class researchers, technical and support staff at all stages of their careers. If you are interested in working within one of our research groups or support teams we encourage you to contact the relevant group leader directly to discuss possibilities.

We are particularly keen to hear from prospective postdoctoral researchers. Please email the relevant group leader directly with:

  • - your CV,
  • - a brief but strong cover letter that includes:
  • - your career narrative to date,
  • - your intended research focus,
  • - why you want to pursue this at TSL, and
  • - how this fits with your career plans.

Additional opportunities for early career researchers include our one-year taught MSc in Global Plant Health, PhD Research Studentships or Predoctoral Research Internships for those still needing to develop the necessary skills and experience required to undertake a PhD.



TSL is committed to providing a working environment that respects the dignity and rights of all staff and students and where individuals are provided with the opportunity to realise their full potential. TSL is committed to open science, research integrity, and transparency. TSL is committed to equality and diversity in all of its appointment, employment and training activities.

Standing in solidarity – Black Lives Matter

TSL stands alongside the University of East Anglia in recognising the need for all of us to do more to root out injustice and protect the rights of people to live with respect and dignity. 

TSL seeks to ensure that the laboratory environment is a supportive one in which individual respect is shown to all.  All members of staff and students, regardless of their race or ethnic background are supported and encouraged to realise their full potential.

TSL is a multi-cultural, international environment and discrimination on the grounds of race or religion is never tolerated in any form.  We continue to work with colleagues across the scientific sector to build on the work that has been done so far and to achieve more in the years ahead.

Current Opportunities

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Post-doctoral Associate

Closing Date: 07.01.2022

We seek a senior postdoctoral research associate to join a BBSRC-funded project to investigate the molecular mechanism by which turgor is sensed in the appressorium of the rice blast fungus.

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