- Job Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 9 Dec 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- Enhancing endosymbiotic interaction
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 03 Feb 2020
- Months Duration
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.
Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications
Education & Qualifications
- PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Plant Sciences or related discipline
- BSc or equivalent in Plant Biology
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Root endosymbioses interactions
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Molecular biology
- Nutrient analyses
- Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
- Preparing data / information for grant proposals
Interpersonal & Communication 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
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- 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
- 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
- Attention to detail
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Cell & Developmental Biology
Our group is working on nuclear calcium signalling in plants including endosymbioses interactions and development.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Myriam Charpentier at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.
The group’s research aims to understand how plant nuclear calcium signals, elicited by biotic and abiotic stresses, are encoded and decoded to modulate plant growth and performance in diverse environments.
To understand the nutritional benefit of a novel root endosymbioses molecular component. The Charpentier lab seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in and a passion for root endosymbioses interaction. They will benefit from a highly interdisciplinary and international environment, with outstanding institutional support.
The ideal candidate:
Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Plant Sciences with experience in endosymbioses interactions, molecular biology, nutrient analyses or genetics, with experience in endosymbioses interactions being essential.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 6 months.
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 9 December 2019.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.