Research Associate to Analyse the Arabidopsis Centromeres Using Long-Read Nanopore Sequencing

University of Cambridge

The Henderson group are recruiting a postdoctoral research associate to analyse the Arabidopsis centromeres using long-read nanopore sequencing. The post is part of an international collaborative HFSP program together with Prof. Mike Schatz (Johns Hopkins University) and Prof. Tetsuji Kakutani (Tokyo University).

Available to start from July 2021 this three year post will involve research visits to Johns Hopkins and Tokyo (contingent on Covid19), as well as extensive online collaboration between the groups.

The post holder will apply and adapt nanopore long-read sequencing to explore how centromere structure varies between Arabidopsis accessions and closely related species, and how it changes in DNA methylation mutants. Experience of long-read and short-read sequencing is beneficial, but a strong molecular biology track record is essential. Experience in relevant computing languages (e.g. R, perl, python, C++) and bioinformatics is beneficial. Advanced bioinformatics training will also be provided through collaboration with the Schatz group.

The Henderson group consists of 10 members who investigate plant genome function, including control of recombination, in both model and crop plant species. We share laboratory space with the groups of Prof. David Baulcombe and Dr. Jake Harris, who investigate intersecting questions in plant genomes and epigenetics. The group is located in the Department of Plant Sciences, which is a diverse and inclusive workplace, where a wide range of plant sciences research and teaching is performed.

Interested applicants should upload a cover letter and c.v. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent directly to Prof. Henderson (

FIXED TERM - The funds for this post are available for 3 years, ending 30 June 2024.

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