Postdoctoral Research Associate - Cell/Molecular Biology

University of Exeter - College if Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences

We wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in the discovery of molecular mechanisms of fungicide resistance development and the mode of action of fungicides.

The successful applicant will be part of the research team of Prof. Gero Steinberg, which has substantial experience in cell and molecular biology of fungal infection of plants.

This BBSRC-funded project is embedded in a vibrant and research active group of Prof. Gero Steinberg. It focusses on the mode of action of anti-fungal drugs and the mechanisms of resistance development in fungal plant pathogens. The project is at the interface of cell biology and applied phytopathology, making use of extensive expertise and molecular/cellular tools in the pathogenic fungi Ustilago maydis (causes corn smut disease on maize) and Zymoseptoria tritici (causes Septoria tritici blotch disease on wheat; e.g. Kilaru et al. 2017, Fungal Genet Biol 105:16-27; Bielska et al. Nat Commun. 2014 5:5097; Steinberg 2015, Fungal Genet. Biol. 79: 17, see also additional 10 technical papers on Zymoseptoria tritici in the same volume of Fungal Genet. Biol.). The post-holder will use advanced life cell imaging capacities to investigate the mode of action of various fungicides in the major cereal pathogens, including Zymoseptoria tritici (Septoria wheat blotch), Magnaporthe oryzae (Rice blast), Fusarium coxysporum s.p. cubense (Banana wilt) and Ustilago maydis (corn smut). In addition, he/she will investigate the molecular mechanism of fungicide development in various fungal pathogens and their adaptation to fungicide treatment. This will be done by inducing resistance mutations and whole genome sequencing, done at the Exeter sequencing facility. This aspect of the project will be supported by a senior research fellow and dedicated Bioinformatics support.

The environment

The University of Exeter is very research active and belongs to the Russell Group University boasting a vibrant academic community with over 21,000 students, with 98% of our research is rated as being of international quality and focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing the world today. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. The post is embedded in the Discipline of Biosciences and is supported by the Bioimaging Centre and the Exeter Sequencing Facility.

About you

You will possess;

  •  A relevant PhD (Cell Biology, Molecular Biology)
  •  Substantial experience in life cell imaging and/or molecular biology of fungi. 
  •  A track record of success, which reflects your stage of career.
  •  An interested in food security and fungal pathogen control strategies and able to apply high scientific standards to translational research.
  •  Good knowledge of the English language and the ability to work in a competitive and colleague research group is essential.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

For further information please contact Professor Gero Steinberg, e-mail or telephone (01392) 723476.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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