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Postdoctoral Researcher (Hogenhout Group)

The Hogenhout lab at the John Innes Centre is looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in population genomics and evolutionary biology and an interest in learning advanced bioinformatics skills.


The Hogenhout laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive interactions between plants and insects and the role of microbes in these interactions. The research spans the fields of (functional) genomics, molecular genetics, entomology, plant pathology, virology and bacteriology, population biology and mechanistic modelling.

The role

The Postdoctoral Researcher will contribute to a large collaborative project to study froghopper and leafhopper species that are candidate insect vectors of the invasive plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa.

This will include generating draft genome assemblies of multiple froghopper and leafhopper species, carrying out comparative genome analysis, and investigating population structure and species-wide diversity using reduced representation sequencing. The information will be made available in the public domain in a citable format via a genome browser dedicated to the project

The candidate will be assisted by skilled bioinformaticians and evolutionary biologists and be a member of a larger consortium, named BRIGIT, comprising collaborators at multiple UK research institutes and societies, and European research groups.

The ideal candidate

The successful applicant will possess at least an PhD or equivalent experience in Population Genomics, Bioinformatics, Genetics or related fields and has experience in the processing and analysis of next-generation sequence data and conducting population genomic analyses.

They will have a solid understanding of statistics in biology, possess good scripting skills in Python, Perl or Java and has prior experience with handling high-throughput sequencing data and a Linux/Unix environment.

Candidates will have an interest in learning how to generate whole-genome assemblies and de novo genome annotations within a high-performance cluster environment.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 26 months.

Informal inquiries may be made to Professor Saskia Hogenhout ( Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003601.

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.


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