Postdoctoral position in molecular plant-pathogen interactions

Closing Date: 16.03.2018 Reference ID: SK01/2018 Salary: £32,548 - £38,833

We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Prof. Sophien Kamoun at the Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) to study how the plant pathogen Phytophthora infects the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana.

Our group studies several aspects of the interaction between Phytophthora and N. benthamiana—a model experimental system that has yielded many important discoveries. Topics include mechanistic analyses of pathogen secreted protein effectors, host susceptibility factors, and plant immune receptors. Experimental approaches include bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, genome editing and pathology, and will take advantage of substantial biomaterial and data resources available in the Lab.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a world-class centre for plant/microbe interactions with a compelling record in training and mentorship of early career scientists. The candidate will join a highly-integrated interdisciplinary team of scientists with strong expertise in plant-pathogen interactions, molecular and biochemical analyses and bioinformatics. The post-holder will have opportunities to develop their technical and transferable skills during the duration of the appointment through training programmes, coaching and mentoring. The candidate will be educated to PhD level or working towards completing a PhD.

Salary will be within the UEA Research and Analogous Staff Grade 7 scale at between £32,548 and £38,833 pa; the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements. The position is offered for one year renewable to up to 3 years.

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria. Applications may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively applications may be sent, quoting the reference SK01/2018, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.