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John Innes Centre

JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.

The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

The John Innes Centre prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. For more information, go to We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Post Number1003353
Job TitleProject Leaders
Closing Date12 Nov 2017
Starting SalaryNot Specified
Hours per week 37
Expected/Ideal Start Date 02 Jan 2018
Months Duration Indefinite
Flexible Options
Part Time
Job Share
Job share or part time hours considered.

Main purpose of the job Working collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders, to create, develop and lead an internationally excellent independent research programme that enhances the Institute’s research and capabilities.
Department To be agreed
Advert Text Project Leader Positions

The John Innes Centre is an international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. We invite applications for Project Leader positions from creative early-career or established researchers who wish to develop independent programs relevant to any area of our portfolio. Examples of our interests include the soil – microbe – plant nexus, the biology of cereal, Brassica and legume crops and relevant model plants, and plant and microbial chemical diversity. We welcome proposals that develop and employ innovative approaches, including bioinformatics, proteomics and imaging. The full breadth of our portfolio can be seen on our website

The main criteria on which appointments are made are scientific excellence, and the promise of the proposed research program. Applications should also explain how their proposed research program would both benefit from and enhance/extend existing John Innes Centre research and capabilities.

Appointments can be made at any level dependent on experience. For further information please visit our website or contact Human Resources, John Innes Centre Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, (+44) (0)1603 450149. Please apply on-line via the JIC website including a CV, names of three academic referees and statements of current and future research plans (two to three pages each).

JIC prides itself in its commitment to equal opportunities for all employees and will consider applications on the criteria above regardless of age, disability, gender or other personal characteristics, beliefs and backgrounds. In this context, we are an Athena SWAN institutional Gold Award holder, a Disability Confident Employer and a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. Please see websites for further details.

The closing date for applications will be xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Key relationships Internal: All levels of staff within the Institute.
External: Staff on the Norwich Research Park, national and international scientific collaborators, funding bodies, Government and other stakeholders
Main Activities & Responsibilities
Lead and manage an internationally recognised, high profile, innovative research programme
Make significant contributions to strategic thinking and planning of research
Lead and manage a research team, taking responsibility for its outputs and impact. This will include selecting, supervising, mentoring and training postdoctoral researchers, students and visitors, supporting effective career development, maintaining high levels of performance in the team, including ensuring that team members meet Institute standards (JIC’s Personal Attributes) on Communication, Working Together, Excellence, Respect, Taking Responsibility and Leadership
Disseminate research findings through the publication of peer-reviewed research papers, and consolidate the Institute’s international scientific reputation through participation in national and internal conferences and provision of expert commentary in a variety of media
Submit grant proposals across a broad range of potential funders, securing substantial research funding to support the research programme
Ensure that research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with best practice, Institute Policies and Procedures and legal requirements
Ensure that the research team complies with health and safety policy and guidance documents, and with quality assurance and data management procedures
Manage the research team’s budgets in accordance with grant conditions and requirements and good financial practice, making cost-effective use of resources and minimising waste
Contribute to the effective leadership and management of the Institute through additional Institute responsibilities, including supporting scientific training and serving on institute committees, as and when required
Enhance the wider social and economic impact of the Institute’s research through influencing and developing partnerships and commercial opportunities with government, industry and other external parties
Commit to Public Engagement/Science Communication activities that raise the Institute’s profile and public awareness of science
Any other duties that may be required which are commensurate with the role of Project Leader

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
PhD or equivalent, plus substantial postdoctoral research experience in an area of science or mathematics of relevance to the research proposalEssential

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Significant track record of research achievement, supported by a strong first/corresponding author publication record in peer reviewed journalsEssential
Effective report writing skillsEssential
Effective presentation skillsEssential
Deep and broad understanding of the scientific background of the proposed research programmeEssential
Management and Leadership skills and experience (essential for Tenured appointments)Desirable
Evidence of measures of esteem such as international invited plenaries, editorial appointments, professional society activity, etc (essential for Tenured appointments)Desirable
Ability to lead and participate in interdisciplinary researchDesirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Ability to motivate, manage and mentor members of the team, including objective setting and regular informal and formal reviews of progress Essential
Demonstrated commitment to employing best practice in science and scientific management, pursuing excellence at all timesEssential
Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise to ensure scientific ideas translate into delivery of research outcomesEssential
Research project leadership and management experience (essential for Tenured appointments)Desirable
Evidence of winning external support for the maintenance of a successful research team (essential for Tenured appointments) Desirable
A record of leadership in collaborative research projects (essential for Tenured appointments) Desirable
Experienced as a senior managerDesirable
Attracted external funding from a range of sourcesDesirable
Previous experience of establishing a research teamDesirable
Experience in line management, training, coaching or mentoringDesirable
Proven track record in internationally competitive scientific researchDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Open-minded, determined and resilient approach to scientific planning and managementEssential
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all people at all levels both inside and outside the instituteEssential
Strong team player: working with others to reach a common goal, sharing information and supporting colleaguesEssential
Able to develop and articulate novel approaches and cohesive scientific plans that deliver the Institute’s scientific objectivesEssential
Ability to create, build, and sustain collaborative research networks (essential for Tenured appointments) Desirable
Evidence of ability to work in multidisciplinary teamsDesirable

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Motivated to promote equality and value diversityEssential
Exhibits a high level of motivation combined with a highly flexible approachEssential
Willing to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to workEssential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both international reputation and public engagement aims of the InstituteEssential
Ability to travel nationally/internationally to facilitate collaborations and/or present seminars (reasonable adjustments will be considered. The Institute recognises the need for work-life balance & the need to support those with caring responsibilities)Essential

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