Postdoctoral Position in the Grain Research Programme

A Postdoctoral Fellowship is available within the Grain Research Programme in FABI to investigate Northern Corn Leaf Blight.

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RNAi Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021-2022

The Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions (MPPI) research group led by Prof. Dave Berger is affiliated with the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

The MPPI research group has an on-going research project on grey leaf spot (GLS) disease of maize caused by the fungal pathogen Cercospora zeina.  GLS is a threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

A Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate RNAi in C. zeina is available from May 2021. Applications should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Postdoctoral position: Utilisation of the Phytophthora cinnamomi-tobacco pathosystem for functional characterisation of avocado defense genes


A position is available for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Noëlani van den Berg, who holds the Hans Merensky Chair in Avocado Research. The Fellow will be hosted by the Avocado Research Programme, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Fellow will be expected to construct vectors and perform transient and stable transformation in Nicotiana benthamiana for functional studies of avocado defense genes. Opportunities for academic development, student co-supervision, international conference attendance and engagement with industry stakeholders will be available.

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Postdoctoral position: Protein-DNA interaction mapping and reconstruction of transcriptional regulatory networks underlying wood formation in Eucalyptus

A two year position (2021-2022) is available for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr Steven Hussey on a National Research Foundation-funded project. The Fellow will be hosted by the Forest Molecular Genetics Programme, affiliated with the prestigious Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Fellow will be expected to lead high-throughput protein-DNA interaction mapping and apply integrated multi-omics network reconstruction approaches to better understand the regulation of wood formation in Eucalyptus, in collaboration with leading international researchers. Opportunities for academic development, student co-supervision, international conference attendance and engagement with industry and government stakeholders will be made available. 

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