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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.
|Job Title||Postdoctoral Researcher|
|Starting Salary||£31,250 - £38,100|
|Hours per week
|Expected/Ideal Start Date
||01 Apr 2018|
|Main purpose of the job
||The successful candidate will work to study DNA methylation in the fungus Ascobolus immersus. Lack of DNA methylation in popular model organisms, including Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, has greatly limited the scope of genetic analysis. The aim of this project is to establish Ascobolus as a genetic system for investigation of epigenetic inheritance and to determine the mechanisms that mediate the establishment and maintenance of DNA methylation patterns.|
||Cell & Developmental Biology|
Development continues throughout the life of the plant. While many linear pathways affecting development have been discovered and are illustrated by elegant genetic studies, the challenge of the future will be for us to understand how these developmental pathways are integrated, both with themselves as well as with environmental signals, to enable a mature plant to grow from a seed. Guided by evolutionary principles, the Department uses its knowledge of biological processes obtained in laboratory organisms such as Arabidopsis to understand processes in crop plants such as Brassicas and cereals. To study this interaction of the plant genome with internal developmental networks and the environment, the Department uses a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular and evolutionary strategies. The insights we are gaining provide both an increasingly detailed knowledge of the proteins involved in diverse regulatory mechanisms and a conceptual framework in which this knowledge can be related and eventually integrated into a molecular description of plant cell function. The knowledge the department is creating is relevant to agriculture. Genes that control plant stature, form, over-wintering responses and growth are potentially useful for improving crop performance.
||The Zilberman laboratory studies the inheritance, function and evolution of DNA methylation, a key epigenetic mechanism that regulates gene expression in plants, animals and other eukaryotes. Proper inheritance of methylation patterns is essential for human health and plant development. Our group has been at the forefront of DNA methylation research for over ten years, and we regularly publish in the most prominent multidisciplinary journals, including Nature, Science, Cell, eLife and PNAS. Several previous members of the Zilberman group now hold independent faculty positions.|
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the laboratory of Dr Daniel Zilberman at the John Innes Centre (JIC), an internationally-renowned plant and microbial biology research institute featuring state-of-the-art scientific facilities and infrastructure.
The Zilberman Group:
The Zilberman laboratory studies the inheritance, function and evolution of DNA methylation, a key epigenetic mechanism that regulates gene expression in plants, animals and other eukaryotes. Proper inheritance of methylation patterns is essential for human health and plant development. Our group has been at the forefront of DNA methylation research for over ten years, and we regularly publish in the most prominent multidisciplinary journals, including Nature, Science, Cell, eLife and PNAS. Several previous members of the Zilberman group now hold independent faculty positions.
The successful candidate will work to study DNA methylation in the fungus Ascobolus immersus. Lack of DNA methylation in popular model organisms, including Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, has greatly limited the scope of genetic analysis. The aim of this project is to establish Ascobolus as a genetic system for investigation of epigenetic inheritance and to determine the mechanisms that mediate the establishment and maintenance of DNA methylation patterns.
The ideal candidate:
The successful candidates will have a PhD (awarded or expected within 6 months) in Biological Sciences with a high-quality publication record and demonstrable scientific success in previous roles. Prior experience with fungal genetics and epigenetics is desirable but not essential.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is a fulltime post for a period of two years.
To be considered for this post, candidates must submit a CV and covering letter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 1003408.
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.
Shortlisting will begin on 2nd March 2018 but the vacancy will remain open until the position is filled
||Other members of the Zilberman group and potentially other experimental collaborators both within and outside JIC|
|Main Activities & Responsibilities||Percentage|
|Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project||50|
|Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media||15|
|Disseminate research findings though presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings||10|
|Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications ||5|
|Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements||5|
|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 ||5|
|Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities||5|
|Liaise with industry and other external stakeholders||5|
|As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post, for example, contributing to the work of Institute committees||
|Education & Qualifications||Requirement||Importance|
|PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Biological Sciences or related discipline||Essential|
|BSc or equivalent in Biological Sciences||Essential||
|Specialist Knowledge & Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas||Essential|
|Proven record in scientific writing||Essential|
|Experience of oral research presentations||Essential|
|High quality publication record||Essential|
|Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students||Desirable|
|Preparing data / information for grant proposals||Desirable||
|Interpersonal & Communication Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|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 team||Essential|
|Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills||Essential|
|Excellent time management and organisational skills||Essential|
|Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders||Essential|
|Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures||Essential|
|Promotes and strives for continuous improvement||Essential||
|Promotes equality and values diversity||Essential|
|Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work||Essential|
|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||