John Innes Centre
We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Diane Saunders to decipher the role of wheat amino acid metabolism in supporting rust infection.
The Saunders group studies (re-)emerging plant pathogens that pose significant threats to UK agriculture.
They use an array of different approaches, integrating molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, plant pathology, population genetics, genomics and data mining to improve our understanding of how pathogens cause disease.
The Postdoc will work on the obligate biotrophic pathogen Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici (Pst) which causes wheat yellow rust disease, which is a major threat to wheat production worldwide.
The main purpose of this post is to evaluate the wheat hosts response to yellow rust infection.
They will use an array of experimental approaches to explore in particular how Pst manipulates amino acid metabolism to promote colonisation and further evaluate the link we recently uncovered between amino acid metabolism and induced resistance in wheat.
The project will involve techniques in bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry and wheat genetics.
The ideal candidate
Applicants should possess a PhD in plant-microbe interactions.
They should also be trained in proteomics and/or metabolomics, have experience of fungal infection assays, disease phenotyping and microphenotyping using confocal microscopy.
Ideally they will also experience in bioinformatic techniques including RNA-seq analysis.
Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 1004167
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The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.