Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Genetics of Disease Resistance

Reference ID: PvE01/2017 Salary: £32,548 - £38,833

A position is available in the 2Blades group of Peter van Esse at The Sainsbury Laboratory. The appointee will deploy state-of-the-art methods to identify 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 involve genetic mapping, next-generation sequencing and informatics. In addition, the successful candidate will explore the use of fungal effectors to accelerate breeding and will conduct functional analysis of candidate genes using transient and stable expression systems. We seek an individual with outstanding talent and abilities in molecular biology, phytopathology and/or genetics. The successful candidate will have 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. The successful candidate has excellent writing skills and a talent for communication. In addition, the successful candidate has an interest in plant disease resistance and a desire to see research outcomes reach practical application. Experience in working with obligate biotrophic pathogens and/or map based cloning would be highly advantageous. A PhD in bioinformatics, phytopathology, plant or molecular biology is required. We offer a salary within the UEA Research and Analogous staff Grade 7 scale between £32,548 and £38,833; 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.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. For more information please visit The 2Blades Foundation is a U.S. nonprofit organization that discovers and advances technologies that significantly reduce, or entirely prevent, crop disease in order to improve agricultural output and the lives of people around the world. For more information please visit

The position is open until filled, but we will begin selecting applicants for interview from February 1st 2018.

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a cover letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria. Applications may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively applications may be sent, quoting the reference PvE01/2017, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK