Three post-doctoral positions are available in the Wenbo Ma group at the Sainsbury Laboratory. The appointees will deploy state-of-the-art methods to elucidate fundamental principles in plant-pathogen interactions. Our research program focuses on:
1) investigating small RNA-mediated trans-species gene silencing as a novel plant defense mechanism against eukaryotic pathogens (see Hou et al., Cell Host & Microbe, 2019; Hou and Ma, Trends in Microbiology, 2020);
2) understanding effector evolution and virulence function in Phytophthora pathogens (see He et al., PNAS, 2019);
3) unveiling virulence mechanisms of phloem-colonizing bacterial pathogens, especially the Liberibacter species that cause citrus Huanglongbing (see Clark et al., Nature Communications, 2018). Proposals of research ideas addressing these scientific questions are welcome and encouraged.
We seek highly motivated individuals with outstanding talent and abilities in molecular biology, biochemistry, plant or oomycete/fungal genetics, cell biology and bioinformatics. Candidates should be educated to a PhD level or working towards completing a PhD in the above-mentioned areas with an excellent record of peer-reviewed publications and strong oral/written communication skills. Experience in single cell technology, protein structure/function relationship analysis, RNA biology and vasculature biology of plants would be highly advantageous.
Closing Date: 27.05.2020
To apply for this job please visit www.tsl.ac.uk.