Group Leaders
Post Details
Job Title
Group Leaders
Post Number
1003795
Closing Date
6 Dec 2019
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
37

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Working collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders, to create, develop and lead an internationally excellent independent research programme that enhances the Institute’s research and capabilities.

Key Relationships

Internal: All levels of staff within the Institute

External: Staff on the Norwich Research Park, national and international scientific collaborators, funding bodies, Government and other stakeholders

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Lead and manage an internationally recognised, high profile innovative research programme
Make significant contributions to strategic thinking and planning of research
Lead and manage a research team, taking responsibility for its outputs and impact. This will include selecting, supervising, mentoring and training postdoctoral researchers, students and visitors, supporting effective career development, maintaining high levels of performance in the team, including ensuring that team members meet Institute standards (JIC’s Personal Attributes) on Communication, Working Together, Excellence, Respect, Taking Responsibility and Leadership
Disseminate research findings through the publication of peer-reviewed research papers, and consolidate the Institute’s international scientific reputation through participation in national and internal conferences and provision of expert commentary in a variety of media
Submit grant proposals, if possible across a broad range of potential funders, securing substantial research funding to support the research programme
Ensure that research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with best practice, Institute Policies and Procedures and legal requirements
Ensure that the research team complies with health and safety policy and guidance documents, and with quality assurance and data management procedures
Manage the research team’s budgets in accordance with grant conditions and requirements and good financial practice, making cost-effective use of resources and minimising waste
Contribute to the effective leadership and management of the Institute through additional Institute responsibilities, including supporting scientific training and serving on institute committees, as and when required
Enhance the wider social and economic impact of the Institute’s research through influencing and developing partnerships and commercial opportunities with government, industry and other external parties
Commit to Public Engagement/Science Communication activities that raise the Institute’s profile and public awareness of science
Any other duties that may be required which are commensurate with the role of Group Leader

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD or equivalent and substantial postdoctoral research experience
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to formulate a research programme that will deliver innovative, world-class science on a topic of major fundamental or strategic importance
Essential
Significant track record of internationally-competitive research achievement, supported by a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals
Essential
Deep and broad understanding of the scientific background of the proposed research programme
Essential
Capacity to envisage and articulate the longer-term objectives and impact of the proposed research programme
Essential
Knowledge of JIC/NRP research fields, underpinning an explanation of the benefits of locating the proposed research programme at JIC
Desirable
Measures of esteem such as international invited talks, editorial appointments, membership of external grant or appointments panels etc (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Effective presentation skills
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and best practice in science and scientific management
Essential
Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise to ensure scientific ideas translate into delivery of research outcomes
Essential
Research project leadership and management experience in stand-alone and collaborative projects (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Evidence of winning external support for the maintenance of a successful research team (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Experience of motivating, managing and mentoring team members, including objective setting and regular informal and formal reviews of progress (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Strong team player: working with others with different skill sets to reach a common goal, sharing information and supporting colleagues
Essential
Development and articulation of innovative approaches and cohesive scientific plans
Essential
Creation and fostering of collaborative research networks (essential for Tenured appointments)
Desirable
Open-minded, determined and resilient approach to scientific planning and management
Desirable
Effective and appropriate communication with all people at all levels both inside and outside the Institute
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity: embraces the expected values and behaviours of all staff
Essential
Exhibits a high level of motivation combined with a flexible approach
Essential
Ability to travel nationally/internationally to facilitate collaborations and/or present seminars. (Reasonable adjustments will be considered. The Institute recognises the need for work-life balance/the need to support those with caring responsibilities)
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Exhibits enthusiasm for an immediate or future role in leading and developing JIC science and values, both within the Institute and wider
Desirable

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

To be agreed

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We are looking for creative early-career or established researchers who wish to develop exciting long-term independent programs in plant and microbial science and be part of the highly collaborative culture of the John Innes Centre. As an international centre of excellence we encourage applications from researchers from all branches of life sciences. We particularly welcome those working in the areas of population genetics, chemistry and biology of plant and microbial natural products, cell biology, biotic interactions of plants and the interface of agriculture and the natural environment. The breadth of our current portfolio can be seen on our website  http://www.jic.ac.uk.

The JIC offers access to a range of centrally-led, state-of-the art technology platforms that support Group Leaders and their labs across all scientific disciplines, including bioimaging, biomolecular analyses, genomics and database services, and field, horticultural and (quarantine) entomology services. For further information, visit the website https://www.jic.ac.uk/research-impact/technology-platforms/. The JIC has a vibrant mentoring programme and a collegial environment that encourages strategic input at all levels.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a description of (i) current research activities and (ii) short and longer-term research aims and potential strategic goals (each ~2-3 pages). Please combine this with your CV and apply directly via our website. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation (ideally, including one from your most recent/current employer) to be e-mailed to GL.references@nbi.ac.uk, quoting reference 1003795, by Friday 6th December 2019.

Appointments can be made at any level (Tenure Track or Tenure) depending on experience and come with significant support (professional development, research and administrative). Start-up research funding is negotiable.  For further information please visit our website http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact Human Resources, John Innes Centre Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, (+44) (0)1603 450149. It is proposed that initial interviews will take place at the end of February/early March 2020.

JIC is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and will consider applications on the criteria above regardless of gender, ethnicity or other personal characteristics, beliefs and backgrounds. The Institute holds a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We are also a Disability Confident Employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.  We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. We welcome applications from candidates seeking full-time, part-time or other flexible working arrangements. Please see our website for further details.

We strongly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 6th December 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.