Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003800
Closing Date
22 Nov 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,625 - £38,575
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Feb 2020
Months Duration
24

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Perform research in data structures and computational methods for the simulation of spatial plant developmental models. Develop simulation models of development in collaboration with wet lab biologists.

Key Relationships

Internal: Group members, line manager, collaborators from other groups within the Institute. Interaction as required with research support staff and students across the Institute.
External: Collaborators

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify and implement computational methods for problems in developmental plant biology, with a focus on spatial problems involving evolving and subdividing geometry
50
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
15
Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence
10
Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities
5
Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute and externally in the development of original simulation models of development, both for publication and to contribute to research proposals and grant applications
5
Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
5
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
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

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
BSc and PhD in Computer Science with a strong emphasis on computational biology and applied mathematics
Essential
Formal language theory, ODEs and PDEs, numerical analysis, differential goemetry
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Strong background in C++ and Linux
Essential
Deep understanding of programming language design principles, and their implications for code development
Essential
Proven expertise in solving 3D spatial problems, including implementation
Essential
Substantial knowledge of cell complexes and other data structures for the representation of geometry
Essential
Experience with Qt, CMake, git
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas for complex geometrical problems
Essential
Proven record in scientific writing
Essential
Experience in development and maintenance of large multi-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac) software
Essential
Experience with code review of more junior team members
Essential
Skilled in oral presentation of research
Essential
Experience of the preparation of data and other assistance in the support of grant proposal
Desirable
Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, able to present research ideas to non-specialists
Essential
Ability to manage multiple collaborations, both internal and external
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willing to embrace the expected values and behaviours of 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
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

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

Computational and Systems Biology

The Department of Computational and Systems Biology conducts leading research across a broad range of the biological sciences, with a special focus on spatial problems in plant and microbial research. Particular strengths of the department include mathematical and statistical modelling of the physical mechanisms underlying biological pattern formation and comparative genomics. In addition, the department has strong bioinformatics that underpins the research of the institute through training, software development and statistical analysis.
Whilst much of the research is carried out in close collaboration with world-leading experimental groups within the John Innes Centre, we have strong international collaborations with experimentalists and theoreticians worldwide.

Group Details

The Smith group’s research uses mathematical and computer simulation techniques to investigate questions in plant development. Working in close collaboration with experimental biologists, they develop cellular-level simulation models of hormone signalling and patterning in plant tissue. These models involve a biochemical aspect, genes, proteins, hormones, combined with growing, changing geometry as cells divide and tissues grow. The group are interested in the interaction between these two processes. How genes control physical properties of cells resulting in growth, and how the resulting change in geometry and physical forces feeds back on signalling and gene regulation.

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

About the Smith Group:

The Smith Group’s research uses mathematical and computer simulation techniques to investigate questions in plant development. Working in close collaboration with experimental biologists, they develop cellular-level simulation models of hormone signalling and patterning in plant tissue. These models involve a biochemical aspect, genes, proteins, hormones, combined with growing, changing geometry as cells divide and tissues grow.

The Group is particularly interested in the interaction between these two processes: how genes control physical properties of cells resulting in growth, and how the resulting change in geometry and physical forces feeds back on signalling and gene regulation.

The role:

The successful candidate will perform research in data structures and computational methods for the simulation of spatial plant developmental models, with a primary focus on methods that support the modelling of plant cell division and growth. The Postdoctoral Researcher will use these methods to develop simulation models of plant development in collaboration with wet-lab biologists.

The ideal candidate:

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Computer Science with a strong emphasis on computational biology and applied mathematics. They will posses a strong background in C++ and Linux, with a deep understanding of programming language design principles, and their implications for code development. Proven expertise in solving 3D spatial problems is required, along with substantial knowledge of cell complexes and other data structures for the representation of geometry.

The successful candidate will have a strong theoretical background, with demonstrated ability to turn theory into practical implementation. Previous experience in formal language theory, ODEs and PDEs, numerical analysis, automatic dffferentiation, and differential goemetry is an asset, as is experience with specific the tools g++, Qt, CMake, and git. 

Additional information:

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 two 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.