Post - Doctoral position

The Sainsbury Laboratory

Ksenia Krasileva’s Group at the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park focuses on understanding how plant immune receptors function and apply this knowledge to benefit agriculture. The Lab was recently awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Award to address these questions over the next five years. The project centers on recent exciting discovery that a significant number of plant immune receptors carry unconventional integrated domains that appear to function in pathogen detection (Sarris et al. 2016).  Our approach combines computational and evolutionary biology with functional analyses.

We are seeking skilled and motivated postdoc to join our team for the following project: Functional analyses of novel NLR-ID plant immune receptors towards understanding and modifying recognition specificities (at The Sainsbury Laboratory).

Candidates must have a PhD degree with background in molecular genetics and biochemistry, interest in protein evolution, structure-function analyses, immunology and protein engineering.

Salary at TSL will be within the UEA Research and Analogous staff Grade 7 scale between £32,004 and £38,183 p.a.; the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements. 

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of three referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria.

Applications for TSL position may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively applications may be submitted, quoting the reference number below, by e-mail to or by post to Kim Blanchflower, HR Manager, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK quoting reference KKERC02/2016

Priority will be given to postdocs who have identified independent funding sources that they are eligible for and are willing to apply.

The expected starting date is from January 2017. The post is initially for 2 years but can be extended based on performance.

Applications will be reviewed from 1st of November, and will continue until the position is filled. General questions could be addressed to

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world-leading research centre focusing on making fundamental discoveries in molecular plant-microbe interactions and on developing durable solutions for disease control. The Laboratory hosts state of the art proteomics, bioinformatics, microscopy and plant transformation facilities. TSL receives strategic support from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The Earlham Institute (EI) is a world-leading research institute focusing on the development of genomics and computational biology. EI receives strategic support from BBSRC to ensure that biological science in the UK has access to a skill base in genomics technologies and bioinformatics to deliver programmes leading to improved food security, advances in industrial biotechnology and improved human health and wellbeing. EI offers a state of the art DNA sequencing facility, unique by its operation of multiple complementary technologies for data generation. The Institute is a UK hub for innovative bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe.

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