Research Fellow in Plant-Microbe Interactions, University of Birmingham, UK

Fully-funded PhD studentships at Nottiangham Trent University, UK

Research Fellow in Plant-Microbe Interactions: The School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham invites applications for the position of Research Fellow in Plant-Microbe Interactions. This exciting opportunity is part of the BBSRC-funded project “SeptPROTECT,” aimed at unraveling the molecular mechanisms behind wheat resistance breakdown against the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici. As a Research Fellow, you will play a crucial role in identifying fungal effectors involved in immune evasion and understanding their evolution under selection. Join our team and contribute to the development of an early warning system for disease resistance breakdowns in wheat.

Location: University of Birmingham, UK

Application Deadline: September 24, 2023


  • A Ph.D. in molecular biology, genomics, plant biology, microbiology, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated expertise in bioinformatics, particularly in analyzing whole-genome sequencing data (plant or microbial).
  • Prior experience with Nanopore sequencing is desirable.
  • Strong interest in molecular aspects of plant-microbe interactions, development of sequencing-based assays, and reproducible workflows.
  • Publication(s) in high-quality journals is preferred but not mandatory.
  • The position is for a duration of 3 years, starting in January 2024.

Job Description: As a Research Fellow, you will be part of the Plant Science & Food Security theme within the School of Biosciences. The School hosts 40 research groups covering various aspects of plant and microbial science. Your responsibilities will include the day-to-day management of a research technician associated with the project and assisting in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

How to Apply: Formal applications can be submitted through the following link: Research Fellow Application.

For informal inquiries or additional information, please contact Graeme Kettles at

Useful Links:

Join us in this exciting research opportunity and be a part of groundbreaking work in understanding plant-microbe interactions and enhancing food security. Apply now to shape the future of agricultural research.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here