An exciting opportunity is available for a motivated and experienced post-doctoral Research Scientist with skills in molecular plant pathology and interests in stress biology. The successful candidate will join  the team working on the response of wheat to combined stress in the Plant Science and Bioeconomy Strategic Area at Rothamsted Research.

The post is specifically to work in a new cross disciplinary project investigating molecular responses of plants to combined abiotic (heat) and biotic (pathogens) stresses.

Ideally, candidates will have a PhD in molecular plant pathology or relevant laboratory-based experience. This role requires technical skills and experience in a variety of molecular plant pathology techniques, including the handling of fungal pathogens of plants.

You will also be familiar with fungal transformation approaches, able to score and characterise infection; prepare quality RNA from infected wheat leaf samples suitable for real-time PCR and Illumina sequencing; and have some experience of generating and analysing RNA-seq data (R analytics). Experience of metabolite analysis will also be advantageous.

The motivation to work to a high standard of accuracy is prerequisite, together with the expectation of being active participants within the wider research group. This is an excellent chance to be involved with establishing and developing a new area of research. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Richard Haslam (  or Dr Jason Rudd (

This is a full-time fixed-term 4 year  post with a salary in the range of £31,350 to £32,315 per annum.

Closing date: 11 May 2023

Interviews: 22, 24 and 26 May 2023

About The Company: Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK’s leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees. 

We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities.

Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.


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