Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Patron Group)

Salary range: £33,050 - £40,750
Post no. 1004362
Contract length: 36 Months
Department: Patron Group
Opening date: 21 November 2022
Closing date: 12 January 2023

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Dr Patron at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.


Dr Patron’s lab works on plant gene regulatory networks and metabolism, applying engineering approaches to understand biological complexity and advance plant biotechnology. In recent work, we have characterised a transcriptional regulatory network involved in modulating the architecture of root systems in response to changes in nutrient availability.

The role:

This project will investigate how this network functions across cell types and examine how cell-type-specific responses to changes in the environment mediate developmental plasticity. This knowledge will be used to inform and enable cell-type specific engineering with the aim of predictably modulating plant responses to nutrients. The post holder will be responsible for the production and analysis of single-cell sequencing datasets and the construction and characterisation of engineered plants. They will also contribute to the development of single-cell sequencing methods and assist in the training and development of PhD students.

You will work in collaboration with other scientists at the Earlham Institute, including the EI single-cell genomics team, and with the Brady Lab (UC Davis). We provide a supportive research culture with an emphasis on openness, training, and development. We expect the successful applicant to contribute to the inclusive and collegiate culture at the Earlham Institute, based on research excellence, integrity, and respect.

The ideal candidate:

  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in molecular biology, systems biology, plant biology, or a related subject.
  • They will have an interest in gene regulation and plant biotechnology, with previous experience in plant molecular biology.
  • It will be advantageous if the post holder has experience or a demonstrated interested in transcriptomics.

Additional information:

  • Salary on appointment will be within the range of £33,050 to £40,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 36 months.
  • As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.
  • The closing date for applications will be 12th January 2023.