Research Associate in Receptor Evolution (Fixed Term)

Updated: about 18 hours ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 25 Jul 2021

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position: Evolution of receptor signalling specificity for cereal symbiosis and development

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate in Receptor Evolution to work with Prof Uta Paszkowski at the Crop Science Centre, starting between 1 August and 1 September 2021.

The beneficial interaction of plants with endomycorrhizal fungi commences via mutual recognition in the rhizosphere. We identified a receptor complex that is required for perception of beneficial fungi by plants [Gutjahr, Gobbato et al., Science (2015), Choi et al., Nat Commun 2020], and also for plant development. Preliminary data suggest that the symbiosis signalling ability is a derived and not an ancestral trait. This project seeks to reproduce the evolutionary trajectory in order to define the protein features that condition signalling specificity. The projected work will involve a high-resolution metagenomics approach combined with functional validation in rice.

Applicants must have a solid background in plant molecular genetics; knowledge in basic bioinformatics, running command-line tools and performing data analysis in R or Python would be advantageous.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Prof Uta Paszkowski ( )

To apply, please upload a covering letter and CV (including details of 3 referees) as well as a publication list.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Frederique Anand, Crop Science Centre HR Coordinator on

Please quote reference PD26964 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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