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Postdoctoral position in plant-pathogen interactions
Date:2023-03-31   View:

Salary: 200,000-250,000 CNY/year depending on qualifications and experience

Contract: 24 months, extendable, full-time

Location: Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China

Job description: Multiple postdoc positions are available in the group of Dr. Jian Chen at Jiangsu University. Our group focuses on salicylic acid signaling during plant-pathogen interactions. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who have an excellent background in biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or genomics. The candidates who have strong experience in protein-protein interaction and post-translational modification are preferred. Candidates who have strong experience in crop-pathogen interaction or plant abiotic stress are also welcome. This job is valid for the long term.

    The research projects focus on the following topics: 1, NPR1 and EDS1 play important roles in SA-mediated plant immunity. Pseudomonas syringae secretes type III effector proteins into the plant cells to cause disease. Through yeast two-hybrid screening, we identified several effector proteins that interact with NPR1 or EDS1. We currently sought to understand the biological effect of these interactions. 2, We identified several proteins that interact with NPR1 in Arabidopsis. One of the most interesting protein belongs to the RNA binding protein family. We are trying to characterize the function of the protein and its role in plant immunity. 3, Our previous study found that CDK8 positively regulates NPR1 gene expression. But its roles in crop resistant to biotic and abiotic stress are still not well understood. This project aims to further reveal its role in plant-pathogen interaction and abiotic stress. 4, Identification of transcription co-activator network that are involves in salicylic acid signaling pathway. 5. Characterization of the function of transcription co-activators in rice/tomato biotic and abiotic stress.

   Jiangsu University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Zhenjiang is a beautiful city with beautiful lakes and parks and very close to the Yangzi River. The living cost is very low in Zhenjiang and it is a very comfortable place to live.


A Ph.D. degree in Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Biochemistry, or a closely related field. A solid publication record, strong oral and written communication skills, and excellent wet lab or dry lab techniques.

How to apply: Please send a description of current and past research experience, research interests and future goals, a list of technical expertise, a CV, and e-mail addresses and phone numbers of at least two references to A complete list of publications of Dr. Jian Chen can be found at

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