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Postdoctoral Researcher (Schlimpert Lab)

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


The Schlimpert lab studies the molecular and cell biological mechanisms involved in the control of differentiation and cell division in the antibiotic-producing genus of bacteria Streptomyces. Our approach focusses on key regulatory and structural proteins involved in development. In doing so, we exploit a broad range of techniques ranging from cell biology, global ‘omics’ approaches such as RNA-seq and ChIP-seq, genetics and biochemistry.

We recently discovered a novel cell division protein that is required for normal sporulation in Streptomyces, but more importantly, this protein is conserved in many actinomycete relatives, including the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, in which the corresponding gene is essential.

The role

The aim of this 6-month project is to determine if the Mycobacteria homologue of this Streptomyces protein also functions in cell division. The post holder will apply genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches to characterise the role of this cell division protein in Streptomyces and Mycobacteria, using Mycobacterium smegmatis as a model organism.

The ideal candidate

The successful applicant is expected to have a background in microbiology and should have skills in molecular biology and biochemistry. Advanced knowledge in Streptomyces and/or Mycobacteria smegmatis genetics is essential. Experience in using fluorescence microscopy is desirable.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  The post is fulltime for a contract of 6 months. Please note, the ideal start date is in June/July 2019, but can be negotiated.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003679. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

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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