Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003780
Closing Date
8 Oct 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,625 - £38,575
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Maternal control of seed dormancy
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Jan 2020
Months Duration
24
Interview Date
28 Oct 2019

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: Collaborators

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project
70
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
10
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
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
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
Liaise with industry and other external stakeholders

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

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

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Previous experience in basic and advanced molecular biology techniques
Essential
Proven ability to use recombinant DNA techniques
Essential
Understanding of plant genetics
Essential
Able to generate and analyse RNAseq data
Desirable
Can create and analyse transgenic plants
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
Essential
Experience of oral research presentations
Essential
Outstanding publication history, commensurate with experience
Essential
Previous experience in seed biology
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

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.

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, 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 nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

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).

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 works to understand how temperature regulates plant reproductive development, with a focus on the development of seed yield and seed dormancy traits. The group combines work in Arabidopsis with Brassica crops, using techniques from basic molecular biology and genetics through to biological modelling.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Background:

The Penfield group works to understand how temperature regulates plant reproductive development, with a focus on the development of seed yield and seed dormancy traits. The group combines work in Arabidopsis with Brassica crops, using techniques from basic molecular biology and genetics through to biological modelling.

The role:

The post holder will study the maternal control of seed dormancy in Arabidopsis. The post holder will apply a host of tissue-specific molecular techniques to study dormancy control, including FACS, chromatin immunoprecipitation and genomics technologies.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate would have previous experience working with plant molecular biology, plant genetics, transgenic plants, and have an interest in plant reproductive development, seed biology or related subjects.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 2 years. Informal enquiries by email are welcome from interested candidates.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking job-share, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

Interviews will be held on 28th October 2019.

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 8 October 2019.  

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.