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Postdoctoral Researcher (Faulkner Lab)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Christine Faulkner at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.


The Faulkner laboratory focuses on the role of intercellular communication in plant immune responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. Intercellular pores called plasmodesmata bridge plant cell walls to connect neighbouring cells, generating an interconnected symplast and regulating the flow of many different classes of molecules from cell-to-cell. The objective of this research is to identify what molecules and signals move symplastically during plant immune responses, with the aim of understanding the multicellular nature of plant immunity.

The role

The post holder will conduct research on how cell-to-cell connectivity and signalling contributes to plant defence against fungal pathogens. The researcher will 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 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.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in Biological Sciences and will have skills in plant molecular biology, metabolomics and experience in live cell imaging. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have experience and knowledge in plant cell to cell communication, knowledge of small molecule signaling in response to stress and demonstrated experience of analysis of intracellular signaling pathways. They will also have demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas along with a proven record in scientific writing and oral presentations. Skills in gene expression analysis and RNA sequencing and experience of handling plant pathogens would be advantageous.

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 contract until 31 May 2022.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003657.

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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 21 October 2019.  

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.

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