Project Leaders

To apply for this job please upload a single file (word or pdf format) containing the following information:

  • A full Curriculum Vitae
  • Details of (i) your current research and (ii) your short and longer-term research aims and potential impact (each ~2-3 pages).

You will then be able to submit your application document together with your Personal details, three academic referees and Equal Opportunities Monitoring data.

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
Project Leaders
Post Number
1003558
Closing Date
9 Nov 2018
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Apr 2019

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.

Advert Text

The John Innes Centre is an international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. We invite applications for new Project Leader positions from creative early-career or established researchers who wish to develop independent programs relevant to these fields. We encourage applications from researchers from all branches of life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. The breadth of our current portfolio can be seen on our website http://www.jic.ac.uk.

The main criteria on which appointments are made are scientific excellence and the promise of the proposed research plans. Applicants are invited to describe (i) their current research and (ii) their short and longer-term research aims and potential impact (each ~2-3 pages). Please apply on-line via the JIC website including a CV and names of three academic referees.

Appointments can be made at any level depending on experience and come with significant support (professional development, research and administrative). Start-up research funding is negotiable and Tenure is available for senior appointees. For further information please contact Human Resources, John Innes Centre Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, (+44) (0)1603 450149. It is proposed that initial interviews will take place in the weeks commencing 21st and 28th January 2019.

JIC is committed 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. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. Please see our website and Further Information for more details.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking full-time, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

The closing date for applications will be 9th November 2018

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, if possible 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 & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD or equivalent and substantial postdoctoral research experience
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to formulate a research programme that will deliver innovative, world-class science on a topic of major fundamental or strategic importance
Essential
Significant track record of internationally-competitive research achievement, supported by a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals
Essential
Deep and broad understanding of the scientific background of the proposed research programme
Essential
Capacity to envisage and articulate the longer-term objectives and impact of the proposed research programme
Essential
Knowledge of JIC/NRP research fields, underpinning an explanation of the benefits of locating the proposed research programme at JIC
Desirable
Measures of esteem such as international invited talks, editorial appointments, membership of external grant or appointments panels etc (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Effective presentation skills
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and best practice in science and scientific management
Essential
Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise to ensure scientific ideas translate into delivery of research outcomes
Essential
Research project leadership and management experience in stand-alone and collaborative projects (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Evidence of winning diverse external support for the maintenance of a successful research team (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Experience of motivating, managing and mentoring team members, including objective setting and regular informal and formal reviews of progress (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Strong team player: working with others with different skill sets to reach a common goal, sharing information and supporting colleagues
Essential
Development and articulation of innovative approaches and cohesive scientific plans
Essential
Creation and fostering of collaborative research networks (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Open-minded, determined and resilient approach to scientific planning and management
Desirable
Effective and appropriate communication with all people at all levels both inside and outside the institute
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity: embraces the expected values and behaviours of all staff
Essential
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
Exhibits enthusiasm for an immediate or future role in leading and developing JIC science and values, both within the institute and wider
Desirable
Exhibits a high level of motivation combined with a flexible approach
Desirable