Postdoc Position Plant Processes for Filamentous Microbes

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoctoral position in developmental biology. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 2 years in the first instance. The deadline for applying is February 02, 2020.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Sebastian Schornack ( at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU).

We are looking for a researcher with an expertise and interest in cell developmental biology or biochemistry of plants who wants to join us to further our understanding on common and specific processes underlying the intracellular colonisation of land plants by filamentous microorganisms and the extent to which they overlap with plant development.

Our recent research explores the biogenesis of intracellular structures and their similarities and differences, cell wall properties and tissue-specificity of colonisation processes, and their underlying molecular mechanisms.

Our established plant systems which can be colonised by both, filamentous oomycete pathogens and symbiotic mycorrhiza fungi allow for evolutionarily guided comparative studies. Biological systems include the vascular plants Medicago truncatula, Nicotiana benthamiana, as well as the amazing non-vascular Marchantia liverworts colonised by arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi and Phytophthora pathogens. Previous experience with any of these plant systems is desirable.

You must have or be close to finishing a PhD in a relevant discipline and have published (this includes biorxiv) original research in plant biology, ideally with a molecular, cellular or developmental background. Knowledge of modular cloning strategies such as Gateway and GoldenGate cloning is essential. Proficiency in the following is desirable: short-read sequence analysis (RNAseq using a reference genome), the use of general biological databases, qPCR analysis, confocal fluorescence microscopy, phylogenetic analysis.

You will be developing and publishing your own basic research project building on our research themes. You may also be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to your research area.

You will be provided with horticultural support and will be able to team up with post docs studying other plant-microbe interaction aspects.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Therefore, you should demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching social media blogs, etc).

Information about the Sainsbury Laboratory and the generic further particulars for the role can be found at:

Informal scientific enquiries should be directed to Dr Schornack at:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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