Research Fellow (78572-096)

University of Warwick - School of Life Sciences

Funding at level 6 (£28,982 - £37,768) is available for a maximum of 36 months; this might have to be shortened up to 31 months depending on the starting salary of the successful candidate.

Applications are invited for a 3 year Research associate position to study the mechanistic basis of chloroplast immunity in the laboratories of Prof. Murray Grant and Dr Alex Jones. The project will investigate how the early chloroplast localised reactive oxygen burst is generated by activated innate immune receptors and how bacterial pathogen effectors attenuate this burst via suppression of photosynthesis through an unknown mechanism involving ABA (see de Torres et al. 2015, Nature Plants). This is a multidisciplinary project using a combination of chlorophyll fluorescence, genetically encoded reporters, pharmacological, genetic and biophysical approaches underpinned by fundamental plant pathology. The biophysical characterisation of chloroplast function involves cross-institutional collaboration with colleagues in Germany.

Applicants should have a PhD in biochemistry/plant science or a related discipline or an equivalent level of professional expertise. Experience in plant pathology, biochemistry and confocal microscopy are essential. Hands-on experience of plant transformation, plant characterisation of biophysical traits is highly desirable. Experience of analysis of photosynthesis is advantageous.

Start date: 09/01/2017.

Informal enquired should be directed to Prof. Murray Grant at

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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