Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003607
Closing Date
4 Feb 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Postdoctoral Researcher in Pathogenomics
Expected/Ideal Start Date
29 Apr 2019
Months Duration
24

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Work on the obligate biotrophic pathogen Puccinia striiformis which causes yellow rust (YR) disease, which is a major threat to cereal crops and grasses worldwide. The main purpose of this post is to examine the fundamental mechanisms at the genomic level driving host specificity of the yellow rust pathogen on various cereal hosts.

Key Relationships

The appointee will work closely with other members of the Saunders Lab and interact with other researchers working on wheat rust diseases at the John Innes Centre.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project
80
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
5
Disseminate research findings though presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
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
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Plant-Microbe Interactions or related discipline
Essential
BSc or equivalent in Biological Sciences or related subject
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Training in bioinformatics techniques including next-generation sequence analysis
Essential
Background in plant pathology or related field
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
Essential
Proven record in scientific writing
Desirable
Experience of oral research presentations
Desirable
Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
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
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
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
Attention to detail
Essential

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 Saunders Lab focuses on studying (re-)emerging plant pathogens that pose significant threats particularly to UK agriculture. We use an array of different approaches, integrating molecular genetics, microbiology, plant pathology, population genetics, genomics and data mining to improve our understanding of how pathogens cause disease. For instance, we have numerous projects studying the wheat yellow rust pathogen, Puccinia striiformis f. sp tritici that is a substantial threat to wheat production worldwide and more recently re-emerged as a major constraint on UK agriculture.

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Diane Saunders at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The Saunders group focuses on studying (re-)emerging plant pathogens that pose significant threats to UK agriculture. They use an array of different approaches, integrating molecular genetics, microbiology, plant pathology, population genetics, genomics and data mining to improve our understanding of how pathogens cause disease.

The role:

The appointee will work on the obligate biotrophic pathogen Puccinia striiformis which causes yellow rust (YR) disease, which is a major threat to cereal crops and grasses worldwide, with each host infected by a different forma specialis of the fungus. The main purpose of this post is to examine the fundamental mechanisms at the genomic level driving host specificity of the yellow rust pathogen on various cereal hosts. The appointee will generate next-generation sequencing datasets from infected field samples and assemble and explore the genomes of a number of P. striiformis isolates. The work will involve an array of techniques in evolutionary biology and next-generation sequencing technologies. This is a very exciting opportunity for the applicant to join a large multi-disciplinary research group to address key questions in pathogen evolution and adaptation.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) in Plant-Microbe Interactions or a related subject.

They will have knowledge of bioinformatics techniques including next-generation sequence analysis as well as a demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas. Candidates should have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity.

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 a fulltime post for a period of 2 years.

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 1003607.

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.