Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003657
Closing Date
28 Apr 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week
37
Project Title
How does cell-to-cell communication underpin immunity?
Expected/Ideal Start Date
03 Jun 2019
Months Duration
24

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The Postdoctoral Researcher will undertake research to identify which immune responses and infection processes are regulated by cell-to-cell connections and communication in plants. For this, the Postdoctoral Researcher will use next generation sequencing and metabolomics, as well as cell biology and genetic analysis to both identify and characterise candidate immune responses. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work independently to produce data and critically analyse this data, and by keeping up to date with current developments in the field contribute insights and ideas that help develop the project. This research is part of a large-scale, multidisciplinary programme and therefore the Postdoctoral Researcher will be an active and collaborative member of a larger team.

Key Relationships

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be supervised by Dr Christine Faulkner and be a member of the Faulkner laboratory. They will also have the opportunity to be an active member of the scientific community at the John Innes Centre.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify, plan, carry out, analyse and modify experiments (including RNA sequencing, metabolomics and live cell imaging) to meet the objectives of the project
85
Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and students and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence. 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
Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications. Disseminate research findings though presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
5
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
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 Biological Sciences
Essential
BSc or equivalent
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Evidence of skills in plant molecular biology
Essential
Evidence of laboratory skills in metabolomics
Essential
Evidence of skills and experience in live cell imaging
Essential
Experience in data analysis and statistics
Essential
Evidence of skills in gene expression analysis and RNA sequencing
Desirable
Experience of handling plant pathogens
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
Essential
Proven record in scientific writing and oral presentations
Essential
Experience in plant cell biology
Desirable
Experience in plant-pathogen interactions
Desirable
Experience in cell-to-cell communication
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Highly motivated with the ability to learn quickly
Essential
Ability to observe and reason accurately
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and contribute to the 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
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
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.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

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 Faulkner laboratory focuses on the role of intercellular communication in plant immune responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. Intercellular pores called plasmodesmata bridge plant cell walls to connect neighbouring cells, generating an interconnected symplast and regulating the flow of many different classes of molecules from cell-to-cell. The objective of this research is to identify what molecules and signals move symplastically during plant immune responses, with the ultimate aim of understanding the multicellular nature of plant immunity.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Background:

The Faulkner laboratory focuses on the role of intercellular communication in plant immune responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. Intercellular pores called plasmodesmata bridge plant cell walls to connect neighbouring cells, generating an interconnected symplast and regulating the flow of many different classes of molecules from cell-to-cell. The objective of this research is to identify what molecules and signals move symplastically during plant immune responses, with the aim of understanding the multicellular nature of plant immunity.

The role:

The post holder will conduct research on how cell-to-cell connectivity and signalling contributes to plant defence against fungal pathogens. The researcher will conduct innovative research to identify and characterise the signals and immune responses that spread from cell-to-cell via the symplast following localised perception of a pathogen. S/He will use metabolomic analysis, as well as cell biology and genetic approaches to generate data and formulate new hypotheses regarding how cell-to-cell communication underpins plant immune responses.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in Biological Sciences and will have skills in plant molecular biology, metabolomics and experience in live cell imaging. They will also have demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas along with a proven record in scientific writing and oral presentations. Skills in gene expression analysis and RNA sequencing and experience of handling plant pathogens would be advantageous.

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 for a contract of 2 years.

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.

The closing date for applications will be 28 April 2019.

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.