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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 http://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/. 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 Number1003402
Job TitlePostdoctoral Researcher
Closing Date22 Feb 2018
GradeSC6
Starting Salary£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week 37
Project Title Polysaccharide chemistry and enzymology
Expected/Ideal Start Date 02 Apr 2018
Months Duration 18
Main purpose of the job Postdoctoral Researchers work with limited supervision to carry out individual and collaborative research projects relevant to the overall needs of the research programme.


The specific goal of the programme is to develop new carbohydrates to support gel formation, in connection with industrial applications. The programme is an extended collaboration with structural scientists at UEA, clean technologists at Bath and carbohydrate materials scientists at Bristol. The JIC contribution is to develop enzymatic synthesis methods, combined with click chemistry, to produce defined oligo- and poly-saccharides for further evaluation with collaborators. Previous experience with both carbohydrate and click chemistry, as evidence by a strong publication record, is essential.
Department Biological Chemistry
The Biological Chemistry Department at the John Innes Centre carries out fundamental research on molecular processes in plants and microbes. With activities ranging from determining DNA topoisomerase structure to mechanism and the generation of novel functional nanostructures from engineered viruses, we employ a multidisciplinary approach that embraces contemporary aspects of enzymology, structural and molecular biology, bionanotechnology, carbohydrate and natural product chemistry. Coupled with state-of-the-art platform technologies for structural, proteomic and chemical genomic analysis, the Department bridges the gap between molecular science and cellular and systems biology. Collectively these studies provide key information with which to manipulate and control molecules, pathways and processes of agronomic, environmental and industrial importance.
Group Details https://www.jic.ac.uk/directory/rob-field/


Carbohydrates play many and varied roles in biology, contributing as energy sources, structural materials, binding and signalling molecules. In contrast to nucleic acids and proteins, carbohydrates are not template-encoded, which adds enormously to the diversity of carbohydrate structures that may be produced and imparts huge complexity to their analysis and definition of their biological function.


Research in the Field group is focused on developing and exploiting chemical tools and principles to address questions in plant and microbial carbohydrate metabolism. Projects typically involve some combination of chemical and enzymatic synthesis, inhibitor design and assessment, biochemistry, structural biology, metabolic, proteomic and transcriptomic analysis.
Advert Text Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Prof Rob Field at the John Innes Centre

Background:

Carbohydrates play many and varied roles in biology, contributing as energy sources, structural materials, binding and signalling molecules. In contrast to nucleic acids and proteins, carbohydrates are not template-encoded, which adds enormously to the diversity of carbohydrate structures that may be produced and imparts huge complexity to their analysis and definition of their biological function.

Research in the Field group is focused on developing and exploiting chemical tools and principles to address questions in plant and microbial carbohydrate metabolism. Projects typically involve some combination of chemical and enzymatic synthesis, inhibitor design and assessment, biochemistry, structural biology, metabolic, proteomic and transcriptomic analysis.

The role:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to contribute to a multidisciplinary, academia-industry programme exploiting carbohydrate-based gels. The post holder will identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the programme. Other important elements of the role include preparing results and reports for publication, disseminating research findings through presentations and supervising visitors to the laboratory.

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this role, candidates should possess a PhD, or equivalent, in chemistry or pharmaceutical science. They should also have skills in the design and synthesis of novel materials using click chemistry, and good knowledge of carbohydrate chemistry. A proven record of scientific writing is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of 18 months.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003402.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

Key relationships Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.


External: Collaborators at UEA, Bath and Bristol
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project40
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media10
Liaise with industry and other external stakeholders10
Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements10
Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence 10
Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities5
As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post, for example, contributing to the work of Institute committees5
Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings5
Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications 5

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
PhD (full award), or equivalent, in chemistry or pharmaceutical scienceEssential
BSc or equivalent in chemistry or pharmaceutical scienceEssential

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Synthetic carbohydrate chemistryEssential
Design and synthesis of novel materials using click chemistry Essential

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideasEssential
Proven record in scientific writingEssential
Experience of oral research presentationsEssential
Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and studentsDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a teamEssential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skillsEssential
Excellent time management and organisational skillsEssential
Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholdersEssential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating ProceduresEssential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvementEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Willingness 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 the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required Essential
Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars Essential

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