We are looking for an enthushiastic bioinformatician to join our team!

Postdoctoral position: Identification of resistance against Soybean Rust

A position is available in the 2Blades group of Peter van Esse at the Sainsbury Laboratory. The appointee will deploy state-of-the-art methods to identify novel resistance genes effective against Soybean Rust, a key challenge for growers in Brazil. You will have significant responsibility for carrying out the experimental challenges in the project. The main activities will involve genetic mapping, next-generation sequencing and basic informatics. In addition, the successful candidate will explore the use of fungal effectors to accelerate breeding and will conduct functional analysis of candidate genes using transient and stable expression systems. We seek an individual with outstanding talent and abilities in molecular biology, phytopathology and/or genetics. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of achievement in academia or industry, and an eagerness to work as part of a multi-disciplinary, international team in collaboration with industry. The successful candidate has excellent writing skills and a talent for communication. In addition, the successful candidate has an interest in plant disease resistance and a desire to see research outcomes reach practical application. Experience in working with obligate biotrophic pathogens and/or map-based cloning would be highly advantageous. A PhD in bioinformatics, phytopathology, plant or molecular biology is required. We offer a salary within the UEA Research and Analogous staff Grade 7 scale between £32,548 and £38,833; however, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements. The position will initially be a three-year appointment with possibility for a two-year extension.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. For more information please visit The 2Blades Foundation is a U.S. nonprofit organization that discovers and advances technologies that significantly reduce, or entirely prevent, crop disease in order to improve agricultural output and the lives of people around the world. For more information please visit

The position is open until filled. Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a cover letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria. Please send formal applications, quoting the reference number below, either by e-mail to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Administrator, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK

Ref: PvE01/2018