Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003576
Closing Date
16 Dec 2018
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Exploiting seed coat properties for the improvement of Brassica seed vigour
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Jan 2019
Months Duration
8

Job Description

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.

Key Relationships

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

External: Syngenta seeds

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project
65
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
10
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
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
5
Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
5
Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications
5
Liaise with industry and other external stakeholders
5
Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities
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

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in plant science or related discipline
Essential
BSc or equivalent in plant science
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Strong background in plant genetics
Essential
Understanding of seed biology
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Previous experience in plant molecular biology
Essential
Experience of using molecular markers in crop species
Essential
Excellent publication history, commensurate with age and experience
Essential
Previous experience working with Brassica vegetable crops
Essential
Experience of oral research presentations
Essential
Previous experience working with TILLING populations
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
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

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Desirable

Who We Are

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.

Department

Crop Genetics

The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.

Group Details

The Penfield group is a multidisciplinary team working on the effects of environmental temperature on seed yield, seed quality and seed dormancy. The group conducts basic research as well as applied projects on the impact of weather and climate on oilseed rape crop performance.

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An opportunity has arisen to join a BBSRC-funded project in the laboratory of Prof. Steven Penfield at the John Innes Centre, to work on improving seed vigour of vegetable brassicas, Brassica oleracea.

The role:

The successful candidate will exploit a series of TILLING mutants to understand if the germplasm has potential to improve seedling establishment vigour, either in plus or in the field. The postholder will 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. They will also contribute to the smooth running of the group, including supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in plant molecular biology, Brassica genetics, TILLING mutants and molecular markers and crop species. Candidates should possess a PhD in plant science or similar subject. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

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 8 months.

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.