- Job Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 20 Aug 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher in Pathogenomics
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 30 Sep 2019
- Months Duration
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.
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
- Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project
- Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
- Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
- 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
- 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
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.
Education & Qualifications
- PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Plant-Microbe Interactions or related discipline
- BSc or equivalent in Biological Sciences or related subject
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Training in bioinformatics techniques including next-generation sequence analysis
- Background in plant pathology or related field
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and 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
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, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or email@example.com.
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, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment 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).
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 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.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Diane Saunders at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.
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 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.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post for a period 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.