Postdoctoral Researcher (Charpentier Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Charpentier Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Cell and Developmental Biology.

About the Charpentier Group

The Charpentier lab focus on understanding the signalling network controlling endosymbiotic interactions between soil microbes and crops to achieve higher crop yields with less fertilizers use.

The role

The overall aim of the project is to characterize a key novel signalling process that enables arbuscular mycorrhiza and nitrogen fixing bacteria to colonize plants. This research will expand on our recent discovery of a novel positive regulator of endosymbiosis signalling.

The successful applicant will be able to creatively explore the function of this regulator at the interface of both arbuscular mycorrhiza and nitrogen fixing bacteria colonization. The Postdoctoral Researcher will benefit from a highly interdisciplinary and international environment, with outstanding institutional support. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop their grant writing and leadership skills via workshops, as well as technical skills in cell biology and crystallography.

The ideal candidate

The post holder will possess a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) in either Plant microbe interactions, Plant signalling or Plant proteomics. Previous experience in standard molecular technics (e.g. GoldenGate, genome editing) and proteomics (e.g. co-IP, LC-MS/MS, ITC) is essential, proficiency in microscopy analysis is also desirable.

The post holder will assist in the supervision of students, deliver seminars, and be involved in writing up research. Good communication and writing skills are essential.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 2 March 2023.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1004391.

Please include a short covering letter with your application explaining your motivation and interest to join the lab to work on signalling mechanism of root legume endosymbiosis.

For informal enquires please email Dr Myriam Charpentier directly for further information on myriam.charpentier@jic.ac.uk.

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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