Research Associate in Plant-Pathogen Interactions
Imperial College London Department of Life Sciences
United Kingdom

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Laboratory of Plant-pathogen interactions (led by Dr Tolga Bozkurt), at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. The project will focus on characterizing the molecular mechanisms underpinning antimicrobial autophagy in plants. The project will build on our exciting discovery of the defence-related autophagy mediated by the autophagy cargo receptor...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00679
  • Date posted 12 March 2020
  • Closing date 12 April 2020


Key information about the role

  •  Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Life Sciences
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher


Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Laboratory of Plant-pathogen interactions (led by Dr Tolga Bozkurt), at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London.

The project will focus on characterizing the molecular mechanisms underpinning antimicrobial autophagy in plants. The project will build on our exciting discovery of the defence-related autophagy mediated by the autophagy cargo receptor NBR1/Joak2 and perturbation of this processes by effectors deployed by the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora ifestans (Dagdas et al., 2018, eLife; Dagdas & Pandey et al., eLife, 2018).We have identified several immune components that associate with NBR1/Joka2 in infected cells. The successful candidate will dissect the functioning of NBR1/Joka2 in antimicrobial autophagy and characterize the immune complexes it forms during infection.

The purpose of the post is to deliver the various work packages of this BBSRC award including production of independent and original research within the research interest of the group and submission of publications to refereed journals. The group focuses on dissecting the mechanisms governing plant immunity and perturbations caused by the pathogens. You will employ a multifaceted approach including cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics techniques to investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning anti-microbial autophagy in plants. The practical work will involve molecular biology and cell biology techniques building on the expertise of the Bozkurt group and published literature, recording and reporting findings, and communicating with the collaborators. You should be highly motivated and have the ability to produce work of excellent quality.

Duties and responsibilities

    • To take initiative in the planning of research
    • To identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of data
    • To generate original data and its proper analysis
    • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
    • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
    • To write reports for submission to research sponsors
    • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats
    • To draft publications and prepare them for submission to refereed journals
    • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
    • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community
    • To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Molecular biology, Plant-microbe interactions or Biochemistry.

You must also meet the following essential criteria:

  • Strong background in molecular biology techniques and familiarity with protein biochemistry 
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have the ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • Have a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Good teamwork skills, well-developed laboratory experience and a positive attitude towards tinkering and learning new methods

Experience in protein purification, protein-protein interactions or cell biology is advantageous.


Further information

This is a full-time, fixed-term position from 1stJune 2020 for up to three years.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Informal enquires can be made directly to Dr Tolga Bozkurt, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, at o.bozkurt@imperial.ac.uk

For technical queries during the application process, please contact recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.


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