Research Fellow (BIFoR) - Oak tree defence against bacterial and fungal pathogens

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

17 Apr 2019
31 May 2019

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-81150

Job Purpose

  • Perform research related to oak tree defence against bacterial and fungal pathogens via both computational and biochemical approaches.
  • Development methods for glasshouse or in vitro propagation of oak seedlings.
  • Utilise the unique BIFoR-FACE experiment to probe the role of climate change in tree disease resistance.
  • Work collaboratively with another JABBS-funded postdoctoral fellow on oak tree disease resistance, and with other colleagues as part of the wider BIFoR organisation.
  • Develop novel, testable ideas for the role of defence genes towards tree longevity.
  • Play a major role in the growth of a new research team.


Person Specification

  • The candidate will have a strong background in plant biology, pathology, forestry, molecular biology or bioinformatics with a PhD in a related discipline.
  • Experience with computational and statistical analysis of RNAseq datasets is highly desirable.
  • Experience of handling and manipulation of bacterial or fungal pathogens.
  • Evidence of a publication record in high-quality, peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work well as part of a growing team.
  • Enthusiasm to mentor junior lab members at all levels.
  • The successful candidate will be senior lab member in the PIs absence.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes within the university.

Closing Date 31 May 2019

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