Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Science

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


The Malone lab studies the bacterial signalling pathways that control microbial interaction with plants. Our research combines biochemistry and molecular microbiology with cutting-edge systems biology approaches. In addition, we conduct extensive collaborative research on the broader plant-microbe relationship, including environmental microbiology, crop genetics and infection biology studies.

The Role:

The phytopathogen P. syringae pv tomato (Pto) encodes several exopolysaccharide (EPS) operons. Our preliminary work strongly implicates EPS in P. syringae pathogenesis. In addition to biofilm formation and immune evasion, our data suggests that EPS may facilitate the formation of an aqueous environment in the plant apoplast, a critical disease-promoting process. In this collaborative project, the Postdoctoral Researcher will use a combination of molecular biology, plant infection biology and bio-imaging to examine the different roles of EPS in Pto plant infection.

This post will form part of a joint project with the Xin lab (SIPPE, China), and the post-holder will liaise effectively with the Xin lab researcher to achieve the overall objectives of the project. We anticipate that this project will lay the foundations for extensive long-term collaboration between the Malone and Xin groups.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in molecular microbiology, plant infection biology or a related subject. They will have knowledge of bacterial genetic manipulation and host-microbe interaction experiments, ideally with some experience of cell biology and fluorescent microscopy. The candidate should have a proven ability to conduct independent research and develop novel ideas, alongside excellent communication skills and the ability to clearly present complex information.

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 fulltime post for a period of 18 months.

Interviews for the position will be held in March, with an ideal start date of 1st April 2019.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003628.

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 27th February 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.