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John Innes Centre (JIC)
Postdoctoral Researcher (Plant Pathologist)
John Innes Centre (JIC)
Our mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research and to apply our knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being.
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Published: 8 days ago
Application deadline: Dec 02
Location: Norwich, United Kingdom
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Postdoctoral Researcher (Plant Pathologist)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Prof James Brown at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.

The project:

The goal of our research is to predict the outcome of the current epidemic of ash dieback and to advise landowners, foresters and public bodies on actions they can take to promote the recovery of ash in the UK. This project will investigate a possible trade-off between resistance to the dieback fungus and attack by invertebrate herbivores, mediated by the secondary metabolite content of ash trees.

The role:

The appointee will lead research to characterise the responses of a diversity set of European ash accessions to the ash dieback fungus and to invertebrate herbivores, and to test hypotheses about the role of secondary metabolites in these responses. The project will combine research on plant pathology and entomology in the lab and greenhouse and in field trials with experiments on transcriptome and metabolite analysis. The appointee will have a considerable degree of independence in leading the project and will take a leading role in writing up and presenting the research.

The work will require close collaboration with partner organisations, other researchers at JIC and a range of stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution project which addresses a topical problem of great public interest.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants should have a PhD in plant pathology, entomology or another relevant subject. Successful experience of transcriptome analysis using RNAseq is highly desirable and proficiency in statistical analysis of experimental data is essential. Knowledge of metabolome analysis is also desirable.

Excellent skills in oral and written communication are essential, as are excellent organisational skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. The appointee will be expected to demonstrate a substantial degree of independence, initiative and responsibility in leading the project.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 27 months. We welcome applications from individuals seeking full or part time work.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003520.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 2nd December 2018.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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