- Job Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 25 Feb 2020
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- Shape Shifting Stomata: The Role of Geometry in Plant Cell Function
- 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: Prof Richard Morris, Dr Richard Smith
External: Prof Andrew Fleming, Prof Julie Gray (Sheffield)
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Plan, carry out and modify computer simulations 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
- 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
Education & Qualifications
- PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in biophysics, computational biology or related discipline
- BSc or equivalent in a scientific discipline
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Scientific programming
- Plant development
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas in a computational mechanics, biomechanics, applied mathematics, or computer vision
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience of oral research presentations
- 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. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or email@example.com.
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).
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.
Morris: Computational and systems biology; plant physics; biomechanics; information processing; bioinformatics;
Smith: Plant mechanics; computer simulation; computer graphics; plant development; morphodynamics;
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the groups of Prof Richard Morris and Dr Richard Smith at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.
Plants adapt to their environment. In order to do so they continuously monitor their surroundings and encode relevant information into cellular signals which are used to trigger appropriate responses.
We are interested in the biophysics of how plants carry out this information processing and the mechanisms underlying their responses to external challenges. In close collaboration with experimental groups we develop mathematical and computational approaches based on physical processes to provide mechanistic insights in complex phenomena. We use whichever approaches and techniques are the most appropriate to the problem we’re investigating.
Morris Group: Computational and systems biology; plant physics; biomechanics; information processing; bioinformatics.
Smith Group: Plant mechanics; computer simulation; computer graphics; plant development; morphodynamics.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a new BBSRC-funded collaboration “Shape shifting stomata: the role of geometry in plant cell function”.
This joint project between Sheffield (Fleming, Gray) and the John Innes Centre (Morris, Smith) will develop a mechanistic model of how 4-celled grass stomata (pressure operated valves) open and close.
Following our successful development of a computational model for Arabidopsis (Carter et al. (2017) Curr. Biol., 27, 297483; Woolfenden et al. (2018) TIPS 23, 822-32) we are taking an iterative experimental/modelling approach to investigate the function of 4-celled stomata (typically found in our most important crop species).
Within this interdisciplinary project your role will be to develop computational models of these cells and to investigate how their geometry and material properties influence their dynamical behaviour.
The ideal candidate:
Your background will be in physics, computer science, mathematics, engineering or computational biology, with experience in scientific programming and ideally knowledge of biomechanics and plant development. Training in relevant areas will be provided.
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 3 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.
The closing date for applications will be 25 February 2020.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.