Postdoctoral Researcher

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John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

We pride ourselves 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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. 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.

Post Details

Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003551
Closing Date
22 Oct 2018
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Utilising UK pulse crops in the nutritional enhancement of human diets
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Nov 2018
Months Duration
6

Main Purpose of the Job

An experienced researcher is required to contribute to research on the utilisation of UK pulse crops in the nutritional enhancement of human diets. This is a 6-month project supervised by Professor Claire Domoney and Dr Janneke Balk to carry out laboratory research and data gathering in the design of a longer (four year) programme of work. The successful applicant will liaise with stakeholders and researchers within the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network [www.pcgin.org] to assess current knowledge against industry needs. In addition, s/he will investigate genetic variation in desirable nutrients (protein, starch, sugars, mineral micronutrients) in germplasm collections. S/he will incorporate the gathered information and experimental data into a draft grant proposal. Experience with industrial collaboration and excellent communication skills are essential, as well as laboratory skills relevant to the study of genetic traits and extraction/quantification of seed components.

Department

Metabolic Biology

The aims of research in the Department of Metabolic Biology are to understand the basis of diversity in plant metabolism, and the interplay between metabolism and plant nutrition, development and responses to disease and stress. This information underpins the development of sustainable agriculture and bio-based industries.

Group Details

Professor Claire Domoney is head of the Department of Metabolic Biology and leads a research programme focussed on legume crops, providing an understanding of the genetic determinants of seed quality traits and metabolic changes during development in pea. Dr Janneke Balk is a group leader in Biological Chemistry, managing a research programme on the role of metals, in particular iron, in plants and microbes.

Advert Text

An experienced researcher is required to contribute to research on the utilisation of UK pulse crops in the nutritional enhancement of human diets at the John Innes Centre.

The role:

This is a 6-month project supervised by Professor Claire Domoney and Dr Janneke Balk to carry out laboratory research and data gathering in the design of a longer (four year) programme of work. The successful applicant will liaise with stakeholders and researchers within the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network [www.pcgin.org] to assess current knowledge against industry needs.

In addition, the postholder will investigate genetic variation in desirable nutrients (protein, starch, sugars, mineral micronutrients) in germplasm collections. The postholder will incorporate the gathered information and experimental data into a draft grant proposal.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should possess an MSc in Plant Biology. Experience with industrial collaboration and excellent communication skills are essential, as well as laboratory skills relevant to the study of genetic traits and extraction/quantification of seed components.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post for a period of 6 months.

Please note, this post does not meet the requirements to sponsor a tier 2 visa.

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 1003551.

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 managers, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.

External: Collaborators within the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network, relevant nutritionists, industry contacts, and Defra

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify, plan, and carry out preliminary experiments to meet and define the longer-term objectives of the project
40
Liaise with industry, nutritionists and other external stakeholders
30
Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals
10
Prepare results, reports and other relevant media
10
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
Continually strive for excellence and contribute to the smooth running of the groups, seeking out and acting on feedback.
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
MSc in plant biology
Essential
PhD in biological sciences
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge of seed biology and nutrition
Essential
Understanding of basic genetic research (markers, analysis of sequence data)
Essential

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Proven excellence in writing scientific reports and research proposals
Essential
Track record of interactions with industry and external collaborators
Essential
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas in plant biology
Essential

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
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
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