Research Fellow (Ben Gill Translational Fellow)
Post Details
Job Title
Research Fellow (Ben Gill Translational Fellow)
Post Number
1003809
Closing Date
2 Dec 2019
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£39,990 - £48,775
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Translational genetics and genomics in pea
Expected/Ideal Start Date
20 Jan 2020
Months Duration
72
Interview Date
18 Dec 2019

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Working collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders, to develop and lead an excellent innovative research programme that enhances the Institute’s research and capabilities in the area of pea and pulse crop genetics.

Key Relationships

Internal: All levels of staff within the institute, including funders, Business Development, KEC & GRU staff.
External: Staff on the Norwich Research Park, national and international scientific collaborators, funding bodies, government (Defra, BBSRC), the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) academic and industrial partners, pulse breeders, the pulse levy board (PGRO) and related stakeholders.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Lead and manage an innovative research programme on pea with emphasis on translation (breeders, end use, human health)
30
Make significant contributions to the planning of research, working closely with JIC Business Development, JIC Germplasm Resources Unit and industrial groups
10
Lead research, taking responsibility for its outputs and impact. This may include selecting, supervising or line managing, mentoring and training staff, supporting effective career development, maintaining high levels of performance among co-workers, including ensuring that team members meet Institute standards (JIC’s Personal Attributes) on Communication, Working Together, Excellence, Respect, Taking Responsibility and Leadership
10
Organise management and stakeholder meetings, as required for the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) and related projects. Contribute to Defra Research Advisory Group/Programme Management Group meetings, collating input from partners (pea and faba bean research) into effective presentations. Provide annual reports to Defra in a timely fashion, based on input from partners. Liaise with the Defra project manager.
10
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. Ensure the PCGIN web pages are updated appropriately
5
Submit and support submission of grant proposals, including renewal of the Defra-funded Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network
5
Ensure that research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with best practice, Institute Policies and Procedures and legal requirements
5
Ensure that co-workers comply with health and safety policy and guidance documents, and with quality assurance and data management procedures.
5
Manage project budgets in accordance with grant conditions and requirements and good financial practice, making cost-effective use of resources and minimising waste
5
Enhance the wider social and economic impact of the Institute’s research through developing partnerships and commercial opportunities with government, industry and other external parties
5
Commit to Public Engagement/Science Communication activities that raise the Institute’s profile and public awareness of science
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
B.Sc. or M.Sc. in biological or genetics discipline
Essential
PhD in plant biology or equivalent
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrable scientific knowledge and independence in the field of expertise
Essential
Understanding of experimental approaches in crop science
Essential
In depth knowledge of the scientific goals of collaborators’ groups
Essential
Effective presentation skills
Desirable
Knowledge of JIC/NRP research fields
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Research experience in plant molecular biology, genetics
Essential
Demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and best practice in science and scientific management
Essential
Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise (maintaining focus) to ensure scientific ideas translate into delivery of research outcomes
Essential
Experience in legume/pulse crop genetic research
Desirable
Substantial experience in plant genetics and related disciplines
Desirable
Management skills (resources, leadership, mentoring and training)
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Good communication skills within and without the research environment
Essential
Ability to present results accurately and concisely
Essential
Ability to work independently, proactively addressing priorities and embracing new challenges
Essential
Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of staff
Essential
Strong team player: working with others to reach a common goal, sharing information and supporting colleagues
Essential
Demonstrated public engagement activities
Desirable
Demonstrated ability to train others
Desirable
Creating/fostering collaborative research networks
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Research publications in peer-reviewed journals
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
Ability to work out of hours if required
Essential
Ability to travel nationally (and occasionally internationally) to facilitate collaborations and/or present seminars. (Reasonable adjustments will be considered).
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Ability to generate research income
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

Metabolic Biology

The aims of research in the Department of Metabolic Biology are to understand the basis of diversity in plant metabolism, and the interplay between metabolism and plant nutrition, development and responses to disease and stress. This information underpins the development of sustainable agriculture and bio-based industries.

Group Details

Professor Claire Domoney's laboratory is focussed on understanding the genetic and biochemical control of legume seed composition, using pea as a crop which has a wide range of significant end uses and is relevant to the promotion of sustainable agriculture. Genetic studies of metabolic processes involved in seed development and maturation are supported by the use of an extensive germplasm collection for pea which is curated at JIC. Professor Domoney provides scientific leadership of legume crop programmes and networks including the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (Defra PCGIN) and PeaGen (BBSRC LINK). She is involved in networked projects which link legume genetics with human health (CRESTAR and related programmes with Quadram Institute of Biosciences, Norwich & Imperial College London). Knowledge transfer and provision of tools to industry are important outputs of the group's research, as well as the provision of training for students at all levels.

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Research Fellow (Ben Gill Translational Fellow)

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow (the Ben Gill Translational Fellow) in the area of legume crop genetics, with an emphasis on pea genetics and the translation of research outputs, based at the John Innes Centre, in Norwich, UK. The fellowship will be for an initial term of six years, with the possibility of indefinite appointment subject to a successful review in year 6.

The successful applicant will work alongside Professor Claire Domoney and other JIC Group Leaders in the Metabolic Biology and Crop Genetics departments in investigating genetic traits that are significant to seed quality and to plant and human health. The fellow will promote crop genetic translational activities: leading the objectives of the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network using the extensive networks in place; forging new relationships in collaboration with JIC Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation/Business Development colleagues; and maximising the impact of the JIC Pisum germplasm collection. The successful applicant will develop collaborations in the area of human health with relevant partners, including the Quadram Institute. The fellow will be part of the highly collaborative culture of the John Innes Centre, encompassing researchers from plant and microbial sciences within an international centre of excellence.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in plant biology or equivalent along with demonstrable scientific knowledge and independence in the field of expertise. They will also have an understanding of experimental approaches in crop science and in depth knowledge of the scientific goals of collaborators’ groups. The fellow should have research experience in plant molecular biology, genetics and demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and best practice in science and scientific management.

The JIC offers access to a range of centrally-led, state-of-the art technology platforms that support 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.

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,990 to £48,775 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 6 years. 

It is proposed that interviews will take place in the week beginning 16 December 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 2 December 2019.

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