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Postdoctoral Researcher (Arora Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Dr Sanu Arora lab in the Biochemistry and Metabolism department.

The post-holder will work alongside experienced plant molecular geneticists and biochemists in investigating the basis for resistance and susceptibility to diseases in pea, using newly acquired genomic sequences, state-of-the-art genomic tools and germplasm resources.

The focus of the Arora lab is on developing genomics and breeding-based solutions to tackle the newly emerged, devastating diseases of pea.

The role

The John Innes Centre maintains a unique and genetically diverse Pisum collection which will be used by the Postdoctoral Researcher in genetic screens using major pathogens of pea (including Downy mildew and Root rots) to identify the basis for the underlying genetic variation.

You will collaborate with NIAB, Cambridge, to culture isolates of these pathogens and establish phenotyping assays to discover resistance genes from pea diversity panels. There will be an opportunity to develop molecular diagnostics for pathogen identification using latest sequencing technologies (Illumina/MinION) and implement state-of-the-art bioinformatics pipelines.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop bioinformatics skills and implement them to understand the complexity of plant-pathogen interactions. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field and become part of the UK’s Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network.

The job description describes work in support of the Group’s current research direction. As this evolves, the post-holder may have the opportunity to support wider research interests.

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD in Biology, Plant Pathology/Genetics or a similar subject.

You will have excellent skills in molecular biology and plant pathology techniques, demonstrable experience of doing pathogen assays independently, and a good understanding of genetics and basic bioinformatics skills.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here. Or contact the Human Resources team at or 01603 450462 quoting reference 1004044.

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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality.

We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

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