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Postdoctoral Researcher (Malone Lab)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Dr Jacob Malone laboratory.


The Malone lab studies the bacterial signalling pathways that control microbial interaction with plants.

Their research combines biochemistry and molecular microbiology with cutting-edge systems biology approaches.

They also conduct extensive collaborative research on the broader plant-microbe relationship, including environmental microbiology, crop genetics and infection biology studies.

The role

In this collaborative project, the Postdoctoral Researcher will use a combination of molecular microbiology, plant infection biology and bio-imaging to examine the contribution of selected bacterial stress-tolerance genes to leaf surface survival by the phytopathogen P. syringae.

This post will form part of a joint project with the Xin lab (SIPPE, China), and the post-holder will liaise effectively with the Xin lab and other researchers in the Malone lab to achieve the overall objectives of the project.

This project will contribute to the ongoing collaboration between the Malone and Xin groups to explore the molecular underpinnings of bacterial plant infection.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in molecular microbiology, plant infection biology or a related subject.

They will have knowledge of bacterial genetic manipulation and ideally some experience of bio-imaging and host-microbe interaction experiments.

The candidate should have a proven ability to conduct independent research and develop novel ideas, alongside excellent communication skills and the ability to clearly present complex information.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a period of 12 months in the first instance.

Interviews for the position will be held in March, with an ideal start date of 1 April 2020.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003860.

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 3 March 2020.  

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

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