Post-Doctoral Scientist

Closing Date: 29.03.2019 Reference ID: PVE02/2019 Salary: £33,199 - £39,609

A position is available in the 2Blades group of Peter van Esse at the Sainsbury Laboratory. The appointee will deploy state-of-the-art bioinformatic approaches for the identification of novel resistance genes effective against major diseases of crops, and will have significant responsibility for carrying out the experimental challenges in the project. The main activities will be method development to accelerate resistance gene discovery. In addition, the candidate will be involved with the elucidation of rust-fungi effector repertoire, fungal population dynamics and genetic structure.

We seek an individual with outstanding talent and abilities in Bioinformatics. The candidate has a demonstrated record of achievement in academia or industry, and an eagerness to work as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, international team in collaboration with industry. Based in Norwich, UK,  The Sainsbury Laboratory has excellent bioinformatics facilities and a dedicated support team to exchange ideas and assist with setting up the required infrastructure. The successful candidate has excellent writing skills and a talent for communication. In addition, the candidate has an interest to see research outcomes reach practical application. Experience in modern scripting languages (Python/Perl), genetics and genomics, is required. Experience in plant pathology and/or plant breeding would be highly advantageous. The candidate has, or is working towards a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Ideally the candidate has experience working with crop plants like maize and Soybean.

We offer a salary within the UEA Research and Analogous staff Grade scale 7 between £33,199 and £39,609; however, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.

The position will initially be a three-year appointment with possibility for a two-year extension.

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria. Applications may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively, please send applications, quoting the reference PVE02/2019 either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Advisor, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.