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Postdoctoral Researcher (Carella Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Carella Group, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Evolutionary Plant Pathology.

The Carella Group are a curious, enthusiastic, and innovative new research group exploring the diversity of defence responses that evolved to protect land plants from pathogen infection.

Using comparative macroevolutionary and molecular genetic approaches, the group explores widely-conserved and lineage-specific aspects of plant defence that will inform future efforts to protect plants from harmful pathogens.

The role

Working as part of a team led by Dr Phil Carella, you will perform key experiments aimed at identifying core principles underpinning host-pathogen interactions shared across land plants using distantly-related models like the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha and angiosperms such as Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana benthamiana.

This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:

  • Accelerated genetic analysis of disease resistance in model liverworts
  • Macroevolutionary comparisons of infection processes across land plants
  • Examination of convergent virulence mechanisms in broad host-range phytopathogens

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in the emerging field of Evo-MPMI (evolutionary molecular plant-microbe interactions). You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related field. You will have in-depth knowledge of organismal biology or host-microbe interactions and demonstrable experience in molecular biology/microbiology.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk  quoting reference 1004012.

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.

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

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