- Job Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 12 Aug 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- How does cell-to-cell communication underpin immunity?
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 02 Sep 2019
- Months Duration
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.
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
- Identify, plan, carry out, analyse and modify experiments (including RNA sequencing, metabolomics and live cell imaging) to meet the objectives of the project
- 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
- 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
- Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
- 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
Education & Qualifications
- PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Biological Sciences
- BSc or equivalent
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Evidence of skills in plant molecular biology
- Evidence of laboratory skills in metabolomics
- Evidence of skills and experience in live cell imaging
- Experience in data analysis and statistics
- Evidence of skills in gene expression analysis and RNA sequencing
- Experience of handling plant pathogens
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
- Proven record in scientific writing and oral presentations
- Experience in plant cell biology
- Experience in plant-pathogen interactions
- Experience in cell-to-cell communication
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Highly motivated with the ability to learn quickly
- Ability to observe and reason accurately
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Able to present a positive image of self and contribute to the public engagement aims of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Attention to detail
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.
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.
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 coordination 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.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Christine Faulkner at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.
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 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. They 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.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post 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 12 August 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.