Current Vacancies

Postdoctoral Researcher

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the laboratory of Dr Christine Faulkner at the John Innes Centre, to conduct research on how cell-to-cell signalling contributes to plant defence against fungal pathogens.

The successful candidate will join a large research project to conduct innovative research to identify and characterise the signals and immune responses that spread from cell-to-cell via the symplast following localised perception of a pathogen. They will use a combination of gene expression and metabolomic analysis, as well as cell biology and genetic approaches to generate data and formulate new hypotheses regarding how cell-to-cell communication underpins plant immune responses.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Biological Sciences, skills and experience in live cell imaging, molecular biology, and gene expression analysis. Experience in plant-pathogen interactions, plant cell biology, metabolomics or cell-to-cell communication would be an advantage. The candidate must be highly motivated, be able to reason critically, and have both good organisational and communication skills.

Salary on appointment will be within the range £30,750 to £37,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 24 months.

If you wish to apply for this position, please submit a CV and covering letter. For further information, please visit our website or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450149 quoting reference 1003193. 

As a Disability Confident employer, 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 Silver Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 16th April 2017. 

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.


The John Innes Centre is an independent, world-leading international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology.  Our scientific reputation is built on our commitment to excellence and to training and developing our staff, the provision of outstanding research facilities, and through a high performing environment.

Our researchers are leaders in a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, computation and mathematical biology.  The strength and impact of our research is demonstrated through our publication output, as well as our economic impact.

JIC is committed to an equal opportunities agenda that encourages flexible working to support career development and a good work-life balance. JIC holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

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