Pre-doctoral Internship on the Effector Biology of Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the Causal Agent of Asian Soybean Rust

Reference ID: PvE04/2017 Salary: £16,654 pa

A pre-doctoral internship is available in the 2Blades group of Peter van Esse at the Sainsbury Laboratory. The current project is designed to investigate the biological role of soybean rust effectors and to identify the putative host targets of these effectors. The intern will deploy state-of-the-art methods to functionally characterize P. pachyrhizi effectors. The intern will get professional training on wide variety of techniques and skills including transient expression systems, proteomics, cell biology, and molecular plant pathology. Candidates are expected to have BSc or MSc degree. A strong interest in plant immunity and fungal biology is required. This internship offers invaluable work experience in a world leading laboratory in advance of starting a PhD program. We offer a salary within the technical staff Grade scale grade 3 £16,654 PA. The internship will be up to a 12 months appointment and will be available in the first instance from 15th of March 2018.

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 January  15th 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 PvE04/2017, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK

Ref: PvE04/2017