Two Postdoctoral Positions – Nobori Lab, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

Research Associate/Research Fellow at University of Nottingham, UK

Two Postdoctoral Positions – Nobori Lab: Join the Nobori Lab at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, and contribute to groundbreaking research in the field of plant-microbe interactions. We are offering two postdoctoral positions to individuals who are passionate about advancing our understanding of the intricate relationships between plants and microbes. As part of our innovative and collaborative team, you will have the opportunity to apply cutting-edge technologies and develop methodologies to explore plant and microbial interactions at the single-cell level in their native tissue contexts. This research aims to uncover unique cell populations, investigate their functions, and decipher their regulatory mechanisms, ultimately leading to the precise engineering of these cells for manipulating plant-microbe interactions under varying environmental conditions.

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Single-cell and Spatial Dissection of Plant-Microbe Interactions

Location: The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich


  • Essential: PhD degree in a relevant field, or working towards one.
  • Skills:
    • Essential:
      • Extensive proficiency in various molecular biology and/or genomics techniques.
      • Exceptional ability to learn new techniques and concepts swiftly.
      • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on teamwork.
      • Strong critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving capabilities.
      • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
      • Robust time management and organizational skills.
      • Innovative thinking with the ability to develop novel ideas.
      • Capability to work independently and see individual projects through to completion.
    • Desirable:
      • Proficiency in computational biology, particularly with tools like R and Python.
      • Advanced skills in microscopy.
  • Experience:
    • Essential (at least one of the following):
      • Experience in research related to host-microbe interactions or microbial ecology.
      • Experience with large-scale omics data analysis (bulk, single-cell, spatial).
      • Experience with technology development in the areas of genomics and genome editing.
    • Desirable (at least one of the following):
      • Experience with the analysis of cis-regulatory elements and transcriptional regulation.
      • Experience with the analysis of natural variation.

Job Description: As a postdoctoral researcher in the Nobori Lab, you will be at the forefront of advancing our understanding of plant-microbe interactions. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and applying cutting-edge technologies for single-cell and spatial transcriptomics.
  • Analyzing plant and microbial cells at the single-cell level in native tissue contexts.
  • Identifying unique cell populations and exploring their functions and regulatory mechanisms.
  • Collaborating with a diverse, international, and multidisciplinary team.
  • Contributing to project design, execution, and scientific presentations.
  • Mentoring and career development opportunities, including project design, networking, and teaching.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) with the names and contact details of two or more referees.
  • A covering letter of no more than one A4 page addressing the selection criteria.

Please send your application to the provided email address.

Last Date for Apply: Not specified (Commencing August 2024)

Salary will be within the UEA Research and Analogous Salary Scale Grade, reflecting qualifications, skills, knowledge, and achievements.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in plant-microbe interactions and offers a supportive working environment, generous pension scheme, and cultural and recreational activities on an attractive campus. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our workforce.

[Table 1: Qualifications and Skills]

Essential– Proficiency in various molecular biology and/or genomics techniques – Ability to learn new techniques swiftly – Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills – Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities – Exceptional written and oral communication skills – Time management and organizational skills – Innovative thinking and independence
Desirable– Proficiency in computational biology (R, Python) – Advanced microscopy skills

[Table 2: Experience]

Essential (at least one of the following)Desirable (at least one of the following)
– Research in host-microbe interactions or microbial ecology – Large-scale omics data analysis (bulk, single-cell, spatial) – Technology development in genomics and genome editing– Analysis of cis-regulatory elements and transcriptional regulation – Analysis of natural variation



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